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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

Panel rejects patient-care rule

posted: 12/05/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

A rule that would expand a program for patient care coordination failed to clear a legislative subcommittee Wednesday after some legislators complained that the program wouldn't allow advanced-practice nurses to participate on the same footing as doctors.

Panel: Care option vital

posted: 12/05/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- Several Republican candidates ran for the Legislature this year on the promise that they'll vote against reauthorization of Arkansas' private-option health care insurance. And about a dozen of them were elected.

Get behind tax cut, Farm Bureau told

updated: 12/04/2014 4:17 a.m. Comments 4

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson asked members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau on Wednesday to help him enact his plan to cut state income taxes by $100 million during the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.

After 2 years of work, state revises child-care facilities' licensing rules

updated: 12/04/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

The first comprehensive overhaul in 45 years of the state's regulations of child-care centers cleared its final hurdle Wednesday and will be implemented this spring.

Private-prison use gets look by state board

updated: 12/04/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

The Board of Corrections voted Wednesday to send letters of interest to neighboring states in an effort to determine the possibility of temporarily housing Arkansas inmates in privately run facilities.

New panel's 7 to decide raises for elected officials

updated: 12/04/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

A seven-member citizens commission, appointed by four state officials Wednesday, will consider raising salary levels for state lawmakers, the state's seven constitutional officers, members of the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and circuit and district judges during the next few months.

Alcohol board's 22 rules criticized

updated: 12/04/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Legislators were miffed Wednesday to learn that a set of 22 rule changes dealing with alcohol sales and distribution before the Arkansas Legislative Council had already gone into effect.

Consultant issuing Net suggestions

updated: 12/04/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Education in the next month will have to put out a request for bids to provide high-speed Internet to school districts if the state hopes to meet a national goal for broadband access available to every student by the start of the next school year.

Panels view ideas to cut recidivism

posted: 12/03/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Legislators heard 24 recommendations Tuesday from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction to reduce the state's recidivism rate and improve programs to help prisoners re-enter society.

Systems agency faulted in audit

posted: 11/26/2014 5:13 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Information Systems overbilled about $7.6 million for some services, underbilled about $17.7 million for other services in fiscal 2013, and refused to follow rate-setting requirements, according to an audit by the Department of Finance and Administration.

Faster lab trip for baby blood gets panel OK

posted: 11/26/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Regulations requiring hospitals to more quickly send newborns' blood samples to a state laboratory for testing cleared a legislative panel Tuesday.

ARKids shift bid upsets legislators

posted: 11/26/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

A proposal to offer additional benefits to children covered under the ARKids First B health insurance program and add it to the state's Children's Health Insurance Program plan stalled Tuesday after members of the Legislature's public health committees complained that they weren't told about the proposal earlier.

Language on private option fails panel vote

posted: 11/23/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Language prohibiting Arkansas from spending money on advertising or promoting the state's private option Medicaid expansion program failed to pass through a legislative subcommittee Wednesday.

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