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Governor inks bill trimming lottery outlays

posted: 04/09/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Wednesday to eliminate the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's $200,000-a-year contribution to compulsive gambling treatment and education programs, increasing the amount of money available for scholarships.

Hutchinson signs bill to aid Arkansans with disabilities

posted: 04/08/2015 2:16 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Families of people with disabilities will be able to set up tax-free savings accounts under a bill signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Dismang: Process surrounding religion law not 'pretty'

updated: 04/07/2015 11:20 a.m. Comments 14

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' Senate president said Tuesday that he didn't like the process that surrounded the last-minute revamping of a religious objections measure that initially was criticized as anti-gay, but said he was happy with the compromise version that was enacted.

Hutchinson to sign workforce legislation

posted: 04/06/2015 11:27 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to sign legislation today at 12:30 p.m. overhauling the state’s workforce education programs.

First bill to tighten adoption now law

posted: 04/04/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

For the first time, Arkansas law will require people who adopt foster children to notify the state when the children are no longer living with them.

Unsettled policy hurts morale, educator tells state board’s 2

posted: 04/04/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Recent legislative attempts to change what students learn and how their knowledge is assessed demoralized educators, a Northwest Arkansas school official told two state Board of Education members this week.

Religious leeway now law

posted: 04/03/2015 4:01 a.m. Video | Comments 48

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a compromise religious-protection bill into law Thursday, capping a week of demonstrations, negotiations and national media attention with a few strokes of a pen.

90th General Assembly comes to end

posted: 04/03/2015 3:34 a.m. Comments 2

Members of the 90th General Assembly approved tax cuts for an estimated 600,000 people and agreed to provide Medicaid-funded private health insurance policies for about 200,000 of the state's poorest residents.

House panel rejects image bill

posted: 04/03/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Vetoed earlier this week, an effort to strengthen individuals' publicity rights hit a wall on the last day of the session and failed to make it to the House floor.

Governor gets 3 ballot measures

updated: 04/03/2015 12:21 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, the final day of the 90th General Assembly, approved and delivered to the governor three proposed constitutional amendments to be referred to voters in the November 2016 general election.

Hutchinson signs new religion bill

updated: 04/02/2015 3:05 p.m. Comments 42

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a bill that closely aligns state law with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act a day after he asked lawmakers to make changes to a different religious-protection bill that many criticized as discriminatory.

House OKs change to Medicaid plan notifications

posted: 04/02/2015 2:55 p.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have voted to change notifications being sent to thousands of people on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid plan that tells them the program is ending to include information about a task force looking at alternatives for coverage.

Three ballot measures approved

posted: 04/02/2015 2:03 p.m. Discuss

Lawmakers on Thursday approved three measures to appear on the ballot in 2016.

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