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Legislator urges caution on tax code, exemptions

posted: 06/22/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers need to be careful in their discussions about overhauling Arkansas' tax code because talk about axing certain exceptions -- such as Texarkana's state income-tax exemption -- could have negative economic repercussions, Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, told fellow lawmakers Wednesday.

Arkansas panel votes to study bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use

posted: 06/21/2017 12:45 p.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Senate panel has voted to study a bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use that had stalled in this year's legislative session after facing opposition from the state's Republican governor, tourism groups and supporters of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Panel to study licensing rules for child care; 5-year-old’s death in hot van spurs plan for July meeting

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee will review existing rules and regulations for child care licensing after the death of a child at a facility overseen by a state lawmaker.

U.S., state laws draw no-guns circles at UALR

updated: 06/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

When a state law allowing guns on Arkansas college campuses goes into effect later this year, most of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be exempt because of a high school moving in, according to the charter school's chief executive.

State legislators' files sought

updated: 06/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Lawmakers have approved a request to allow the Bureau of Legislative Research to hire outside counsel to deal with requests from unnamed federal investigators who want access to lawmakers' records.

Arkansas panel backs requests for rainy-day funds

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposals to provide $6.4 million in rainy-day funds to several agencies, ranging from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Arkansas treasurer gains support for plan to pay legal fees

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Wednesday cleared the way for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's plan to shift $185,000 within his office's budget to cover current and anticipated legal fees.

Rules on services to assist 500 more disabled advance

posted: 06/14/2017 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Rules that would provide services to an additional 500 people with developmental disabilities cleared a state legislative committee Tuesday.

Lobbyists report $695,000 spent in state for 1Q

posted: 06/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States and a lobbyist for Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent more than $78,000 and more than $58,000, respectively, during this year's regular legislative session.

Arkansas legislators' paid trips in '16 not foreign, all domestic

updated: 06/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Jim Dotson -- the sponsor of unsuccessful legislation this year to give families money to spend as they see fit to educate their children -- attended a conference in New Orleans last year sponsored by a group called Ed Choice, which paid more than $1,600 for his trip.

No road funds till bridges fall, crashes climb, say 2 Arkansas legislators

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Bridges will have to collapse and major accidents occur on deteriorated roads before the Arkansas Legislature enacts laws to raise more money for highways, two key lawmakers said Wednesday in Hot Springs.

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.






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