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Pact for War Memorial Stadium study clears legislative panel

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel signed off Wednesday on the state Department of Parks and Tourism's proposed $160,000 contract with a Texas-based company to conduct a feasibility study on the future of War Memorial Stadium.

2 dental benefits pacts get support

posted: 05/18/2017 3:30 a.m. Discuss

A $366 million pair of contracts to manage dental benefits for Arkansans on Medicaid received the blessing of state lawmakers Wednesday despite an ongoing lawsuit by a disqualified bidder for the work.

Arkansas teacher system quietly tweaked

posted: 05/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

With little fanfare, the Arkansas General Assembly this year granted the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System more flexibility to raise money and cut costs in the case of an economic downturn.

16 lawmakers named to task force on state's tax code

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislative leaders on Monday announced their appointments to a 16-member task force charged with making recommendations to overhaul the state's tax code for the General Assembly to consider in the 2019 regular session.

At pizzeria meeting, Democrats in Arkansas House pick Whitaker to lead

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

At a pizzeria a short walk from the state Capitol in Little Rock, Democrats in the Arkansas House voted for a new leader of their caucus last week, selecting Fayetteville Rep. David Whitaker.

Irritation at Arkansas judges stirs talk of change

updated: 05/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 25

Judges -- especially those working in Pulaski County -- have drawn the ire of legislators more than once over the years.

Bills to reduce Medicaid rolls now state law

posted: 05/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

With no public fanfare, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Thursday that endorses his proposal to remove about 60,000 people from the state's Medicaid rolls.

Arkansas governor signs new Medicaid plan restrictions

posted: 05/04/2017 10:48 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a plan to scale back the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion that would move 60,000 people off the program and impose a work requirement on some remaining participants.

Medicaid cuts sent to governor's desk

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to bills endorsing a plan to remove about 60,000 Arkansans from the state's expanded Medicaid program and impose a work requirement on many of those who remain enrolled.

Arkansas House votes 73-13 in favor of impeachment rules

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

The Arkansas House on Wednesday adopted its first-ever rules on impeachment, including a rule requiring support from at least a third of the chamber to propose filing articles of impeachment against a sitting official.

Arkansas Legislature OKs shift of tobacco act's cash

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal that would shift more than $100 million in tobacco settlement proceeds in the Arkansas Healthy Century Trust Fund to a reserve fund that could be used to shore up state programs in future economic downturns.

Medical pot rules gain Arkansas panel's support

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Rules and regulations to govern the upcoming legal use of medical marijuana by Arkansans cleared their first legislative hurdle Wednesday, despite a local-ownership provision called unconstitutional by some out-of-state marijuana firms.

Arkansas judge's death-penalty protest leads to House bill on impeachment

posted: 05/03/2017 5:37 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a resolution laying out impeachment rules after calls to remove a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration in April after issuing an order blocking executions.

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