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Arkansas senator favors tougher Act 309 program rules

updated: 02/19/2017 3:48 a.m. Comments 2

The beating death of a Miller County jailer in December has focused new attention on the criteria state prisoners must meet to participate in the longtime Act 309 work-release program that lets them serve some of their sentences in county or local jails.

2 bills focus on sewage plants

posted: 02/18/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Legislation filed this week would require new nonmunicipal wastewater treatment plant owners to pay more funds into the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's trust fund for emergency plant repairs.

Arkansas lawmaker adds affidavit option to voter-ID bill

posted: 02/17/2017 5:36 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A Republican legislator who wants to reinstate Arkansas' voter ID law has proposed adding a way for people who don't show identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a statement.

Hutchinson signs resolution designating state's official dinosaur

posted: 02/17/2017 4:20 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — It's a designation more than 65 million years in the making.

Arkansas House passes bill to allow home-school students to participate in private school activities

posted: 02/17/2017 11:21 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas House of Representatives backed a bill Friday that would allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic activities at private schools.

House panel backs resolution that supports foundation started by slain Realtor's family

posted: 02/17/2017 10:45 a.m. Discuss

A resolution advanced to the full House on Friday that supports a foundation set up in memory of a slain Pulaski County real estate agent who was kidnapped and killed while showing a home.

Arkansas senators vote in favor of dinosaur for state

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Senate approved a resolution designating Arkansaurus fridayi as the state's official dinosaur.

Hutchinson signs maternity-leave bill into law; legislation opens leave bank to new moms

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

With Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature Thursday, women working for state agencies were made eligible for four weeks of paid maternity leave.

Active-shooter training requirement added to Arkansas campus-carry bill

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday voted to add an active-shooter training requirement to a bill that would allow college faculty and staff members who have concealed-carry weapon permits to take guns onto campuses.

Tort-law redo bid clears Arkansas Senate 21-10; aim is to cap attorney fees, damages

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to refer to voters next year that would limit attorneys' contingency fees and the award of certain damages while granting the Legislature control over the state Supreme Court's rules.

Arkansas retirement-board changes get Senate panel's approval

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would change requirements for six of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's nine trustees and limit to two the number of trustees who are retired from the system.

Bill sets age for Arkansas 'antique' license plates at 45

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The owner of a 1993 Ford Probe, or other 25-year-old model of vehicle, won't be able to slap an "antique" license plate on it next year, if legislation that won a House committee endorsement Thursday becomes law.

Senate vote on SJR8

posted: 02/17/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

This is the Senate roll call on Senate Joint Resolution 8, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ contingency fees and damage awards in civil actions, and give the Legislature approval of court rules. The bill passed 21-10.

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