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Hutchinson's highway plan headed to final vote

updated: 05/20/2016 12:37 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway plan is headed toward a final vote in the Legislature, while a Senate-backed effort to limit the funding for one year appears dead.

Arkansas lawmakers pass publicity rights bill backed by Broyles family

posted: 05/20/2016 10:47 a.m. Discuss

A revised version of a publicity rights bill backed by the family of former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles that was vetoed last year has won initial approval from the state Legislature.

Youth-offense data shared under bills

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The House and Senate Judiciary committees both approved bills that would allow state officials to share some data on youth offenders.

Arkansas lawmakers advance sexual-indecency law's fix

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

House and Senate Judiciary committees each approved a bill to fix the criminal statute for sexual indecency with a child.

Votes back easing security licensing

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Identical bills aimed at easing restrictions for security guards and other security professionals are closer to becoming law after quick votes Thursday in committee meetings.

Workers’ comp redo easily clears panels

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Those making workers’ compensation claims for death or disability will no longer make a claim with the state come July 2019, under legislation that advanced Thursday.

Hutchinson holds off on bathroom bills

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson stood against any movement to bring forward a bathroom bill similar to one in North Carolina in this special session.

Senate panel advances competing highway bill

updated: 05/19/2016 6:17 p.m. Comments 6

Arkansas lawmakers are set to take up competing plans to raise money for the state's highways, with a Senate committee endorsing an effort to limit Gov. Asa Hutchinson's funding proposal for one year.

Hutchinson: Transgender bathroom debate likely next year

posted: 05/19/2016 12:43 p.m. Comments 13

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's opposed to taking up legislation during this week's session regarding which restrooms transgender people can use, but he expects the issue to come up when lawmakers return next year.

On session's eve, panel short of road-bill votes

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The 90th General Assembly convenes at 9 a.m. today for its third special session called by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and the Senate sponsor of the governor's highway funding bill said Wednesday night that he's still working to line up enough support to get the legislation through the Senate transportation committee.

Bill would let state share juvenile data

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Administrative Office of the Courts, under the direction of an Arkansas Supreme Court commission, has been working on an assessment to better treat offenders that enter the juvenile justice system.

Bill shifts Arkansas history panel's authority to single leader

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The authority of the state's history agency would be transferred from a seven-member board to a single person under the draft of a bill that had not been publicly released by Wednesday, the eve of its consideration by lawmakers.

Legislators reject restroom letter

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Wednesday approved a resolution encouraging Arkansas school districts and higher education institutions to disregard federal instructions on transgender students' use of restrooms and locker rooms.




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