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Thursday, October 02, 2014, 5:56 a.m.

4 on lottery panel balk at bill for study

posted: 09/25/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

Four Arkansas lottery commissioners are questioning a proposal in which the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery would pay for half of the cost of a consultant hired by the Legislative Council to review the lottery and make recommendations to improve it.

$2 higher fee floated again in prison talks

posted: 09/25/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

At a joint meeting of the state House and Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committees Wednesday, legislative staff members said they've found a way to cover the cost of a new $100 million prison by increasing Arkansas license plate fees by $2.

House's 4 ask state for costs of health plans

posted: 09/24/2014 3:48 a.m. Comments 10

Arkansas' U.S. House delegation questioned in a letter Tuesday why the state insurance commissioner has not released details about the cost of health insurance plans that will be offered on the state's insurance exchange.

$993,780 approved for school Net study

posted: 09/20/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Several state senators questioned the cost and the need for a study capped at $993,780 to assess broadband access, equipment and connectivity at every school in Arkansas, but the Arkansas Legislative Council approved the contract to perform the study by voice vote Friday.

Lawmakers given time to vet $600,000 outlay

posted: 09/20/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Friday to allow legislators more time to review a request to add $600,000 to a contract with a company that works with doctors to improve coordination of patient care.

Legislators back proposals on human trafficking

posted: 09/11/2014 5:18 a.m. Discuss

Legislators backed proposals for greater education, training, and coordination among social-service providers and law enforcement agencies Wednesday morning.

Wage increase OK'd for ballot

posted: 09/04/2014 5:02 a.m. Comments 10

An initiated act seeking to raise the state's minimum wage will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, election officials announced Wednesday.

Lawmakers balk at $600,000 more for patient-coordinating firm

posted: 09/04/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Wednesday declined to sign off on adding $600,000 to a contract with a company that helps doctors improve how they coordinate patient care.

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. Comments 2

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.


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