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Budget falls short for state children, advocate asserts

updated: 01/29/2015 3:51 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed budget falls short in providing funds for preschool and other programs that benefit children, the director of an advocacy group said Wednesday.

Bid to split Lee, King Day fails

posted: 01/29/2015 3:30 a.m. Comments 3

An effort to put Arkansas in line with 47 other states that do not link the birthdays of a civil-rights leader and a Confederate general was thwarted in a legislative committee hearing Wednesday.

Pay-advisory group takes up legislators' expenses

updated: 01/29/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Members of the citizens group that will set lawmakers' salaries spent Wednesday debating what types of expenses, if any, they think legislators should be able to recoup.

Bill to split Lee, King holiday fails in House committee

updated: 01/28/2015 12:01 p.m. Comments 27

A state House of Representatives committee rejected a bill Wednesday that would separate the Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holiday into two.

Bill fulfilling Hutchinson's health-care plan passes committee

updated: 01/28/2015 9:25 a.m. Comments 8

A bill that would fulfill Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to extend the private option through the end of 2016 and to create a task force to overhaul Arkansas' Medicaid system beyond that has passed a Senate committee.

Hutchinson pitches 3% budget lift

posted: 01/28/2015 4:36 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed a general revenue budget for fiscal 2016 that would increase state spending by $149.5 million to nearly $5.2 billion with most of the increased state funds going to the public schools, human-service programs and prisons.

Panel backs tax cuts, capital-gains cushion

updated: 01/28/2015 4:32 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas House committee Tuesday endorsed a bill to cut tax rates for Arkansans with taxable income between $21,000 and $75,000 after it changed provisions of the bill that would have repealed capital-gains tax cuts approved in 2013.

Bill to scrap youth health-services survey delayed

updated: 01/28/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

After an almost hour-long debate Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, agreed to delay a bill that would eliminate a questionnaire that children's behavioral health services providers are required to complete on each client. He called the questionnaire an ineffective gauge of treatment outcomes.

Legislative summary

updated: 01/28/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Tuesday in the 90th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website:


posted: 01/28/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

COMMITTEES 7:30 a.m. The Joint Budget Committee Special Language Subcommittee meets in the Multi-Agency Complex, Room B.

Hutchinson details budget for coming year

updated: 01/27/2015 4:19 p.m. Comments 5

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid program would receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies would see a small cut under a $5.2 billion budget plan Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Bill removing Robert E. Lee from King holiday amended

posted: 01/27/2015 2:09 p.m. Comments 55

LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to end Arkansas' practice of honoring Robert E. Lee on the same day as civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. is being changed to set aside another day to commemorate the Confederate general.

Arkansas House panel advances governor's tax cut plan

posted: 01/27/2015 11:05 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A House panel has advanced Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle class tax cut package after restoring a portion of a capital gains tax break it would have repealed.


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