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House panel backs abortion-limits bill

updated: 01/20/2017 3:46 a.m. Discuss

A bill restricting use of the most common method of second-trimester abortions cleared a House committee Thursday, and abortion-rights advocates conceded that the measure is likely to pass in the Republican-majority Legislature.

Competing low-income tax cuts clear House panel

updated: 01/20/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House tax panel endorsed competing bills Thursday -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income tax rates for people with less than $21,000 in taxable income and Rep. Warwick Sabin's bill to create a state earned income tax credit.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/20/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

House passes 93-0 tobacco-funds bill

Road plan on ballot likely, legislator says

posted: 01/20/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas General Assembly likely will refer a long-term road construction plan to voters, a state lawmaker said Thursday.

Arkansas House OKs tapping tobacco-settlement funds to help developmentally disabled

posted: 01/19/2017 3:56 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved tapping into $8.5 million in unused money from the 1999 settlement with tobacco companies to provide more services to the developmentally disabled.

Arkansas committee OKs restrictions on 2nd trimester abortions

updated: 01/19/2017 12:10 p.m. Comments 14

An Arkansas legislative committee has voted to outlaw an abortion procedure that opponents call "savage" and "barbaric" while others deem it the safest way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester.

Arkansas House panel advances competing tax cut plans

posted: 01/19/2017 11:52 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House committee has thrown a wrinkle into Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million tax cut plan, advancing his proposal along with a competing measure from Democrats to give a tax credit to low-income residents.

Legislators slam brakes on lottery's $34.5M ad contract

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed five-year, $34.5 million advertising, marketing and public relations contract with CJRW is in limbo.

Tax-cut plan clears Arkansas Senate panel

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes below $21,000 sailed through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday.

Christmas Day sale of alcohol proposed in Arkansas

posted: 01/19/2017 5:44 a.m. Comment 1

A bill filed in the state Legislature on Wednesday would allow Arkansans to purchase alcohol on Christmas Day.

Senate panel backs 2 medical-marijuana bills

posted: 01/19/2017 5:44 a.m. Comment 1

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday endorsed two medical-marijuana bills approved Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

Human-trafficking legislation in Arkansas urged

posted: 01/19/2017 5:44 a.m. Discuss

About a dozen lawmakers Wednesday supported the need for more legislation to combat human trafficking for the issue's January month of awareness.

Seat-belt-fine limit clears Arkansas Senate 29-0

posted: 01/19/2017 5:44 a.m. Comment 1

A bill filed in the state Legislature on Wednesday would allow Arkansans to purchase alcohol on Christmas Day.

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