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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.

Arkansas teacher system quietly tweaked

posted: 05/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

With little fanfare, the Arkansas General Assembly this year granted the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System more flexibility to raise money and cut costs in the case of an economic downturn.

16 lawmakers named to task force on state's tax code

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislative leaders on Monday announced their appointments to a 16-member task force charged with making recommendations to overhaul the state's tax code for the General Assembly to consider in the 2019 regular session.

At pizzeria meeting, Democrats in Arkansas House pick Whitaker to lead

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

At a pizzeria a short walk from the state Capitol in Little Rock, Democrats in the Arkansas House voted for a new leader of their caucus last week, selecting Fayetteville Rep. David Whitaker.

Irritation at Arkansas judges stirs talk of change

updated: 05/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 25

Judges -- especially those working in Pulaski County -- have drawn the ire of legislators more than once over the years.

Bills to reduce Medicaid rolls now state law

posted: 05/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

With no public fanfare, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Thursday that endorses his proposal to remove about 60,000 people from the state's Medicaid rolls.

Arkansas governor signs new Medicaid plan restrictions

posted: 05/04/2017 10:48 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a plan to scale back the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion that would move 60,000 people off the program and impose a work requirement on some remaining participants.






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