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Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 4:39 p.m.

Lawmakers meet in Old State House for first day of special session

updated: 06/30/2014 6:43 p.m. Discuss

Lawmakers convened Monday at the Old State House building and state Capitol for the first day of the second special session of the 89th General Assembly.

Lottery is seen as session's wild card

posted: 06/29/2014 3:43 a.m. Comment 1

In the special session convening Monday, Arkansas' lawmakers will consider legislation to increase funding for prison beds and for school employees' health insurance. Another bill would prohibit the state lottery from deploying electronic monitor games.

Bill to thwart lottery game put on agenda

posted: 06/28/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

In the special session starting Monday, lawmakers will consider legislation to bar the state lottery from offering electronic monitor games, Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday.

2 lawmakers vow to fight electrical line

posted: 06/28/2014 2:39 a.m. Comment 1

Two Republican lawmakers plan to introduce bills next year in the state Legislature to make it more difficult for a high-voltage power line to cut through Northwest Arkansas.

Draft of bill targets Oaklawn

posted: 06/27/2014 2:42 a.m. Comment 1

A co-chairman of the Legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee has drafted legislation to repeal a 2013 law that enabled Oaklawn Park to offer online betting throughout the state.

Senator persists, wants lottery on session agenda

posted: 06/26/2014 5:42 a.m. Comment 1

A state senator said Wednesday that he gave Gov. Mike Beebe a list of 65 state representatives who want the governor to add proposed legislation to ban the lottery from offering electronic monitor games to the agenda for next week's special session.

Beebe sounds call to session for legislators

posted: 06/25/2014 5:48 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday issued a call for the Legislature to convene in a special session starting Monday to consider bills providing more state funding for the state's public school employees' health insurance plan and to open up 600 prison and jail beds.

Beebe: Special session set for June 30

updated: 06/24/2014 2:39 p.m. Comments 11

Gov. Mike Beebe has called a special session of the Legislature to address a looming increase in teacher health insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

School-broadband discussion leaves legislators exasperated

posted: 05/29/2014 5 a.m. Comments 2

After three hours of debate that several legislators called troubling and frustrating, a meeting of legislative technology and education committees ended Wednesday without recommendations for increasing broadband Internet access for school districts.

Arkansas lawmakers consider special session

posted: 05/19/2014 3:09 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's open to the idea of a special legislative session to address health insurance plans for public school employees as long as there's a consensus among lawmakers about it.

Justices: No gay nuptials till decision

posted: 05/17/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday suspended a lower court's ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

Tuition help set for more in state

posted: 04/19/2014 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday voted to use $2 million in the state’s “rainy-day” funds to offer nearly two-thirds more Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships to eligible students.

Agency not forthcoming, legislator says

posted: 04/11/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he believes the Department of Human Services is withholding information about the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion plan, which uses federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.

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