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Bills to combine state agencies pass House, Senate

posted: 05/27/2015 12:55 p.m. Comment 1

Bills to combine several state agencies sailed through both the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Senate pulls two failed bills from committee

posted: 05/27/2015 12:35 p.m. Comments 6

The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved extracting from a Senate panel stalled bills that would shift the state's presidential primary and the General Assembly's fiscal session.

Bill on March primary election clears House

updated: 05/27/2015 12:14 p.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas House on Wednesday passed a bill that would shift Arkansas' primary election from May to March, aligning it with other Southern states in a so-called SEC primary.

House, Senate pass $87M bond issue bills

updated: 05/27/2015 11:31 a.m. Comments 4

Bills that would authorize more than $87 million in state bonds to support a Lockheed Martin effort to win a major Department of Defense contract at an East Camden facility sailed through the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday.

House votes to honor slain Johnson County deputy

posted: 05/27/2015 10:17 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to honor a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty earlier this month in Johnson County.

$87M bond issue sails in committees

posted: 05/27/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

House and Senate committees Tuesday advanced bills to authorize the state to issue $87.1 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin obtain a federal contract and create nearly 600 jobs in Camden.

Bid to move up state's primaries shy in panel vote

updated: 05/27/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

An effort to move up the state's primary elections to join other Southern state presidential primary dates failed in a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon.

Agency-merger bills march to floor votes

posted: 05/27/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Two bills aimed at consolidating some state agencies to reduce costs and eliminate redundant services were passed by committees in both legislative chambers Tuesday.

Fund stretch won't restore road projects

posted: 05/27/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A two-month extension of legislation authorizing the federal Highway Trust Fund to continue supporting highway and transit projects isn't enough for Arkansas highway officials to reinstate nine road and bridge construction projects worth $120 million that the agency dropped from its June bid letting.

Legislature starts short session today

posted: 05/26/2015 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

Military vehicles, agency mergers, the state's DWI laws and a Southern bloc primary are on the agenda for a special legislative session that starts today and officials hope will wrap up by week's end.

Bill to shift health funds to highways

updated: 05/25/2015 3:30 a.m. Comments 9

Legislation filed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman would cut the amount states receive for their expanded Medicaid enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and shift some of the money to road construction.

Lockheed aid will pay off, study predicts

posted: 05/23/2015 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

If the Arkansas Legislature approves an $87.1 million aid package for a defense contractor with a facility in Camden, the state will recoup the money -- plus an additional $16.3 million in revenue over the next 25 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis released late Friday afternoon.

Agency mergers aim for $10M in savings

posted: 05/22/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that his proposal to merge four small state agencies into three other larger agencies could save taxpayers about $10 million over five years.

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