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Hutchinson announces special legislative session

updated: 05/11/2015 1:38 p.m. Comments 5

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday he will call a legislative special session later this month to consider incentives that could create almost 600 new jobs in southern Arkansas.

State revenue forecast in '15 up, but '16 cut

updated: 05/07/2015 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration Wednesday increased the state's general-revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 by $79.3 million to $6.39 billion, but reduced the forecast for fiscal 2016 by $175.6 million to $6.33 billion.

24 letters tendered to qualify vote flubs

updated: 05/02/2015 9:53 p.m. Comments 2

The two Arkansas House Republicans who voted against a pilot drug-testing program for welfare recipients are disavowing their March 30 votes, saying they pushed the red "nay" button on their desks when they meant to press the green "yea" button.

Term-limits amendment proposal said in works

updated: 05/01/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

A leading term-limits proponent said Thursday that he will propose a constitutional amendment limiting state representatives to serving six years in office, senators to eight years and lawmakers to serve a maximum of 10 years in the Arkansas Legislature.

Lawmaker blocks a Beebe appointee

posted: 04/28/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

A gubernatorial appointment has been derailed by an Arkansas state senator.

Legislature concludes '15 session

updated: 04/23/2015 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas General Assembly quietly adjourned on Wednesday morning, wrapping up one of the shortest sessions in recent years.

Standridge sworn in to Arkansas state Senate seat

posted: 04/22/2015 1:15 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A Russellville businessman has been sworn in as the Arkansas Senate's 35th member, filling the vacancy created by a lawmaker who resigned to work for Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Arkansas lawmakers formally end session

updated: 04/22/2015 11:22 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas lawmakers have formally ended this year's legislative session, but face the possibility of returning later during the year to address the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers OK $5 fee for each driver test taken

posted: 04/22/2015 11:08 a.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have voted to require a $5 fee be charged to drivers each time they take the written examination for their license.

30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

1-candidate election nets 110 ballots

posted: 04/16/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Taxpayers spent more than $130 per vote in a special election this week in which only one candidate was on the ballot; lawmakers hope a proposed constitutional amendment will allow Arkansas to avert similar uncontested elections in future years.

Governor likes March presidential primary

updated: 04/15/2015 3:46 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson supports legislation that would shift Arkansas' presidential primary election from May to March, and he would support such a bill in a future special session, a spokesman for Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Arkansas Legislature leads nation in 2015 anti-abortion laws

posted: 04/12/2015 10:29 a.m. Comments 11

After passing the top priority of anti-abortion groups early in the session and with one of the nation's toughest bans already tied up in the courts, Arkansas lawmakers closed out the session by passing more restrictions than any other state so far this year.

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