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Bills focus on transparency, records in Arkansas police shootings

posted: 03/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Two state legislative proposals seek to increase transparency and keep better track of police-involved shootings in Arkansas.

Arkansas legislature's plate full for session's final days

posted: 03/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas legislative leaders aim to wrap up the regular session early next week, but they still have numerous issues to address.

Voter-ID law on books; it's different from '13, governor says

posted: 03/25/2017 3:19 a.m. Comments 5

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law Friday aimed at resurrecting many of the requirements of a voter-identification law that was struck down by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014.

Sponsor pulls sewer measure

posted: 03/25/2017 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, has withdrawn a bill that would have established circumstances under which cities would have been required to extend sewer service to communities in their extraterritorial jurisdictions.

State ag agency revamp scuttled

posted: 03/25/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The attempt to reorganize the state Department of Agriculture is dead for this legislative session, state Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said Friday.

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

posted: 03/24/2017 1:58 p.m. Comments 6

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago.

Arkansas Senate OKs concealed-carry limits; bans proposed for State Hospital, UAMS, collegiate sports

posted: 03/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

The ink is barely dry on a new law that will allow some concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into many public places, and yet a bill that shot through the Senate on Thursday proposes to exempt some locations.

Arkansas lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana

updated: 03/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval and sent to the governor a bill limiting where medical marijuana patients can smoke the drug.

State Capitol briefs

posted: 03/24/2017 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Senate OKs tying pot to pharmacist

Arkansas Senate votes to exempt sporting events from gun law; governor says he backs changes

updated: 03/23/2017 5:11 p.m. Comments 14

Arkansas' governor says he supports efforts to exempt college sporting events and the state's medical school from a new law greatly expanding where concealed handguns are allowed.

Arkansas governor signs bill expanding where concealed-carry holders can take guns

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow Arkansans with concealed-carry permits to take firearms onto public college campuses and many other public places, including into the state Capitol, if they get up to eight hours of training.

Arkansas Senate backs longer prison stays for repeat offenders

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Despite warnings that state prisons lack money and space for more criminals, senators voted 20-9 Wednesday for a proposal that would require repeat offenders to stay in prison longer.

Law ends minors' absolute life terms in Arkansas

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Life-without-parole sentences for juveniles were removed from Arkansas' sentencing statutes with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature earlier this week.

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