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Hutchinson promises state contract scrutiny

updated: 06/12/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to legislators Thursday outlining steps his office is taking to stem cost overruns in state contracts.

Lawmaker questions lottery boss

updated: 06/12/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

A co-chairman of the Legislature's lottery oversight committee pressed lottery Director Bishop Woosley on Thursday about his plans to improve sales and grow funds for college scholarships.

Panel: Keep health-pay adviser

posted: 06/12/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue paying a Washington consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul, but should also try to add more detail to its contract with the firm, a legislative task force recommended Thursday.

Lobbyists list spending $650,000 in '15 session

updated: 06/07/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Lobbyists in Arkansas reported spending about $650,000 this spring as they lobbied Arkansas lawmakers and other state officials during this year's regular session of the General Assembly -- a decline of about $350,000 from expenses reported in the 2013 regular session.

Of '15 lobby spending, rights group topped list

updated: 06/07/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

During this year's regular session of the Arkansas Legislature, Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, reported spending the most of the state's registered lobbyists and lobbying firms.

State hazy on $43.9M of Medicaid

posted: 06/06/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services improperly accounted for about $43.9 million in Medicaid funds last year, Legislative Audit staff members said Friday at a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.

Municipal League to be audited

posted: 06/05/2015 3:22 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel Thursday signed off on a request by state Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, for the Legislative Audit Division to conduct a special audit of the Arkansas Municipal League after Sample said league Executive Director Don Zimmerman is paid about $500,000 a year.

Rep. Nate Bell leaves GOP, becomes independent

updated: 06/02/2015 12:46 p.m. Comments 19

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas lawmaker who split with top Republicans over the state moving its primaries next year from May to March said Tuesday that he's left the GOP and is now an independent.

Lawmakers, experts analyze early primary

updated: 06/01/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Only hours after the governor signed legislation bumping forward the 2016 primary elections to March 1, lawmakers and experts differed over how an earlier primary, one shared with a handful of other Southern states, will affect Arkansans.

Hutchinson signs Lockheed bond bills

updated: 05/30/2015 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the state to issue an $87.1 million bond to help Lockheed Martin win a federal contract and expand its workforce by nearly 600 employees.

Hutchinson OKs bills for DWI fix, primary move

posted: 05/29/2015 2:06 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has finished signing bills passed during the special session.

Hutchinson signs $87M bond issue bills

posted: 05/29/2015 11:51 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law two bills authorizing an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin win a defense contract that would bring close to 600 jobs to south Arkansas.

$87M leg up for Lockheed cruises to OK

updated: 05/29/2015 3:44 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday shipped bills to Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorizing an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin win a federal contract and expand its workforce in south Arkansas.

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