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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.

Bill calls for better levee reporting

posted: 05/19/2016 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A bill to improve the way Arkansas levee districts report to the state is a "good first step" in fixing the levee system, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission's attorney supervisor told its board Wednesday.

Arkansas lawmakers side with governor on LGBT guidance

posted: 05/18/2016 4:04 p.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are joining with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to encourage schools to disregard a directive from President Barack Obama's administration that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Publicity rights bill backed by Frank Broyles' family gets 2nd chance

updated: 05/18/2016 9:42 a.m. Discuss

A publicity rights bill backed by relatives of legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles is getting a new chance as lawmakers meet for a special session this week.

Road bill heads for unsure panel

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding bill will be assigned to the Senate committee that handles transportation issues in the special session starting Thursday, but the senator sponsoring the legislation said Tuesday that it doesn't have enough votes to clear the eight-member panel yet.

Legislators' bill aims to close loophole in indecency statute

updated: 05/18/2016 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers seek to close a loophole exposed by an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that allowed a man to avoid prosecution after being accused of forcing a teenage girl to undress in front of him.

The governor's highway proposal

updated: 05/18/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's bill to increase highway funding would do two things:

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