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2 new bills take aim at widening gun-carry rights

updated: 01/31/2015 11:53 p.m. Discuss

Two bills filed last week to expand concealed-weapon carry permits in the state are the result of a mandate from voters last year, some lawmakers say.

Bump legislators' pay to $39,400, panel says

posted: 01/31/2015 3:02 a.m. Comments 11

Most Independent Citizens Commission members want to more than double state legislators' salaries.

Pay panel backs more than doubling legislators' salaries

updated: 01/30/2015 11:44 a.m. Comments 29

The panel tasked with setting the salaries of elected officials in Arkansas on Friday voted to propose paying most state legislators $39,400 and the leaders of the two chambers $45,000.

Private option till '17 clears Senate by 29-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 8

A bill reauthorizing the use of federal dollars for the state's private-option program sailed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Senate votes to spare yoga schools from regulation

updated: 01/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation to bar the state Board of Private Career Education from exerting its authority over yoga-teacher training schools, while the Arkansas House of Representatives OK'd a bill changing the qualifications for small, isolated school districts to receive more funding.

Legislative summary

updated: 01/30/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Thursday in the 90th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website:

House approves governor's tax-cut bill 95-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House approved a bill Thursday authorizing middle-class tax cuts championed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, including an amendment that repeals only a portion of the 2013 capital-gains tax cut.

House committee OKs bill to prohibit 'webcam abortions'

posted: 01/30/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would require a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion was endorsed by a state House committee Thursday and likely will go to the House floor early next week.

House approves Hutchinson's tax cut proposal

posted: 01/29/2015 2:04 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes for the middle class by $102 million a year and repeal part of a 2013 capital gains tax break.

State Senate OKs 'private option' Medicaid plan, task force

updated: 01/29/2015 1:02 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative.

Arkansas House committee approves anti-abortion proposal

posted: 01/29/2015 12:29 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House committee has approved a proposal that would require a doctor to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

2 votes keep private option alive

posted: 01/29/2015 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue the state's private-option Medicaid expansion program through the end of 2016 cleared two hurdles Wednesday, and lawmakers blocked a separate attempt to end the program at the end of this year.

Bills on ethics, liquor stores clear House committee

updated: 01/29/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

The first piece of legislation clarifying the voter-approved Issue 3 passed a House committee Wednesday.


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