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LAY OF THE LAND HAS SHIFTED IN STATE'S LEGISLATURE: More farmers, fewer lawyers making laws

updated: 07/26/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

There are innumerable ways to ruin a farm.

Big batch of latest state laws in force

posted: 07/22/2015 4:16 a.m. Comment 1

A law barring local governments from enacting and enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws becomes effective today, strengthening the hand of people seeking to eliminate gay-rights statutes.

Laws to curb domestic violence take effect Wednesday

posted: 07/20/2015 12:07 p.m. Comments 4

Four laws centering on domestic violence in Arkansas that passed during this year’s regular legislative session will go into effect Wednesday.

Higher-ed panel picks leaders

posted: 07/16/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Mark Lowery -- who drafted legislation to merge the University of Central Arkansas into the Arkansas State University System before deciding against introducing it earlier this year -- will be a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying realigning the state's higher education institutions, the task force decided Wednesday.

State panel OKs $9.6M allocation governor sought

updated: 07/15/2015 4:18 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $9.6 million to government programs, including $4.4 million for prisons and $3 million to support county extension offices.

Lottery's year down by $9M for education

updated: 07/11/2015 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

Scholarship funds raised by Arkansas' lottery fell by $9 million in the past fiscal year to $72.4 million, even though ticket sales barely declined.

To call for levee fix, governor says whoa

posted: 06/25/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee chairman, Jason Rapert, wants the Arkansas Legislature to convene and address problems with the state's largely unregulated levee system.

State, school workers' basic health plan OK'd

posted: 06/24/2015 4:23 a.m. Discuss

A state board Tuesday approved a basic health plan for state and public school employees that cuts in half the amount of out-of-pocket costs for those workers.

Legislators grill DHS, contractors on failures

posted: 06/18/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Officials blame a lack of leadership, last-minute changes from the federal government, and lackluster employee pay and benefits for delays and cost overruns in social services such as the Arkansas Medicaid and food-stamp programs.

This term to be last, says re-homing lawmaker Harris

updated: 06/17/2015 3:56 a.m. Comments 3

The Northwest Arkansas Republican legislator who "re-homed" his adopted 5-year-old daughter to a man who later raped her announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

N.C. abortion-law appeal rejected

posted: 06/16/2015 5:04 a.m. Discuss

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials seeking to revive a state law that had required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe the fetuses to women seeking abortions.

DHS contract for health-pay adviser OK'd

updated: 06/13/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on the state Department of Human Services' proposed $15.4 million contract with a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul.

Hutchinson promises state contract scrutiny

updated: 06/12/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to legislators Thursday outlining steps his office is taking to stem cost overruns in state contracts.

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