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Legislative summary

updated: 02/28/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

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

House OKs measures urging balanced budget amendment

posted: 02/27/2015 12:27 p.m. Comment 1

An Arkansas House panel has advanced a pair of measures aimed at forcing a constitutional convention to take up a federal balanced budget amendment.

Bill to require release of phone location in emergency clears House

posted: 02/27/2015 10:56 a.m. Comments 12

The state House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would require cellphone providers to release data revealing a cellphone's location to authorities who request it while investigating an emergency.

Act 218 scraps lottery panel

updated: 02/27/2015 2:48 a.m. Comments 2

With no fanfare, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday afternoon privately signed into law legislation abolishing the nine-member Arkansas Lottery Commission and placing his administration in control of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Guns-at-college bill heads to House

updated: 02/27/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 10

A legislative committee approved legislation that would require public universities and colleges to allow staff members with concealed-weapon permits to carry firearms on campus.

House approves eVersity bill, 93-3

updated: 02/27/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ease the creation of the new Internet university run through the University of Arkansas System.

Bill proposes sub-350-pupil merger waiver

posted: 02/27/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee passed a bill Thursday that would allow some Arkansas school districts with enrollment that drops below 350 students to continue to operate independently.

Legislative summary

updated: 02/27/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

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

Calendar

posted: 02/27/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

This is the calendar of public events of the 90th General Assembly for today, the 47th day of the 2015 legislative session.

Email told legislators of LR schools takeover

posted: 02/27/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Education notified key legislators by email of the state Board of Education's Jan. 28 decision to take over the Little Rock School District the day after the vote in an effort to follow state law requiring that notice.

Senate OKs adding drones to anti-voyeurism law

posted: 02/26/2015 2:31 p.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to adding drones to the state's voyeurism law.

School consolidation waiver bill endorsed by committee

posted: 02/26/2015 2 p.m. Discuss

A bill that would provide a waiver for rural school districts in danger of being consolidated if they meet state adequacy standards passed on Thursday in the House Committee on Education.

Arkansas lawmaker plans to file firing squad legislation

posted: 02/26/2015 1:53 p.m. Comments 19

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas lawmaker whose daughter was murdered by a man now on death row said Thursday that she will file a bill legalizing firing squads after a Senate committee passed a bill to ban capital punishment.

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