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Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs highway funding plan into law

updated: 05/23/2016 2:55 p.m. Comments 9

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, shortly after Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Monday to plan to raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming fiscal year, signed the measure into law.

Highway bill now just shy of Senate OK

updated: 05/21/2016 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding legislation won the endorsement of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, while a competing bill failed to clear the House Rules Committee.

Both houses approve Broyles Act

updated: 05/21/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Prompted by the legacy of a former Arkansas Razorback football coach, the House of Representatives on Friday pushed through a bill aimed at strengthening publicity rights and making them legally transferable even after an individual's death.

State Capitol news in brief

updated: 05/21/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Research closer on youth offenders A pair of bills meant to allow the release of privileged data on youth offenders to researchers passed both chambers Friday.

Government efficiency bills fly, but with grease, grumbles

updated: 05/21/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The weight of the House speaker was needed to pass identical versions of a so-called government efficiency bill out of a Senate committee and through the House on Friday.

State government efficiency provisions

updated: 05/21/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Senate Bill 10 and identical House Bill 1006 state that each aims to make state government operate more efficiently and effectively.

Lawmakers OK effort to protect Medicaid plan

posted: 05/20/2016 1:10 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a measure aimed at protecting Gov. Asa Hutchinson's use of a veto to save the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Hutchinson's highway plan headed to final vote

updated: 05/20/2016 12:37 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway plan is headed toward a final vote in the Legislature, while a Senate-backed effort to limit the funding for one year appears dead.

Arkansas lawmakers pass publicity rights bill backed by Broyles family

posted: 05/20/2016 10:47 a.m. Discuss

A revised version of a publicity rights bill backed by the family of former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles that was vetoed last year has won initial approval from the state Legislature.

Youth-offense data shared under bills

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The House and Senate Judiciary committees both approved bills that would allow state officials to share some data on youth offenders.

Arkansas lawmakers advance sexual-indecency law's fix

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

House and Senate Judiciary committees each approved a bill to fix the criminal statute for sexual indecency with a child.

Votes back easing security licensing

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Identical bills aimed at easing restrictions for security guards and other security professionals are closer to becoming law after quick votes Thursday in committee meetings.

Workers’ comp redo easily clears panels

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Those making workers’ compensation claims for death or disability will no longer make a claim with the state come July 2019, under legislation that advanced Thursday.

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