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Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:03 a.m.

Ingram, Hickey offer plan to abolish lieutenant governor's office

posted: 08/14/2014 11:13 a.m. Comments 8

Two Arkansas senators are planning to lead a “bipartisan effort” to get rid of the office of lieutenant governor when the legislature convenes in January.

19 proposals in report on human trafficking

posted: 08/14/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking.

2 panels opposing EPA rule

posted: 08/13/2014 4:17 a.m. Comment 1

Two legislative committees Tuesday declared their opposition to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

High-speed Net for schools 4 years away, legislators told

posted: 08/13/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is poised to make the transition to high speed broadband Internet in every school district in less than four years, a consultant told legislators at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education committees Tuesday.

State OKs 2nd survey of schools' Web access

posted: 08/09/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislature will send a consultant to every school district in the state to conduct a more comprehensive and updated survey of schools' high-speed Internet connection needs.

For wrongly convicted, no state payout

posted: 07/28/2014 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas is one of 20 states without a law providing compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

Statewide mandate advised for upgrade of 911 systems

posted: 07/17/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Updates to emergency communication centers to allow for 911 texting will likely limit information-sharing among jurisdictions unless Arkansas requires statewide compliance, the chairman of the state's Emergency Telecommunications Service Board said Wednesday.

Legislative panel rejects $460,000 for ex-inmate

posted: 07/09/2014 4:46 a.m. Comments 2

A legislative subcommittee Tuesday rejected a $460,000 Claims Commission award to a former Clark County man who served more than 11 years in prison before a special prosecutor dropped the charges against him.

Lottery's oversight too loose, some say

posted: 07/06/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Now that the Legislature has passed a bill imposing a temporary ban on the Arkansas lottery offering electronic monitor games, some lawmakers say they want to explore whether to restructure the lottery and make it part of a state agency that works for the governor.

Job training moves up on state agenda

posted: 07/05/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Political leaders from both parties are talking about workforce training and say it'll be a priority when the General Assembly convenes early next year.

Bills adopted in session get Beebe's name

posted: 07/04/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday signed into law the handful of bills approved during this week's special legislative session, aimed at boosting funding for state school employee health insurance and reducing jail crowding.

Session's site shift to bump up costs

posted: 07/03/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

The cost of this week's special session is expected to be higher than the Legislature's three-day session in October because the House chambers were unavailable because of renovations, officials said Wednesday.

Lawmakers make short work of bills

posted: 07/02/2014 4:47 a.m. Comments 2

Early this morning, the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate passed legislation boosting funding for the public school employees health insurance plan.

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