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Arkansas judge's death-penalty protest leads to House bill on impeachment

posted: 05/03/2017 5:37 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a resolution laying out impeachment rules after calls to remove a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration in April after issuing an order blocking executions.

Arkansas lawmakers vote to transfer tobacco money to reserve fund

posted: 05/03/2017 2:46 p.m. Comments 6

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a bill that would transfer about $105 million in unused tobacco settlement money to the state's long-term reserve fund to be tapped for budget shortfalls.

Arkansas lawmakers vote to scale back hybrid Medicaid plan

posted: 05/03/2017 10:37 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have approved an effort to scale back the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion by moving 60,000 people off the program and to require some remaining participants to work.

Arkansas Legislature OKs cut to Medicaid

posted: 05/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

A proposal to move 60,000 people off Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program was approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday despite objections by some lawmakers that it would increase the ranks of the uninsured and by others that it wouldn't cut the program enough.

Arkansas House speaker proposes rules on impeachment; procedure considered for judge in protest

posted: 05/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam put forward a blueprint Tuesday for how the chamber would go about filing articles of impeachment, as lawmakers continue to consider using such powers against a Pulaski County judge.

Bill to shift cash gets Arkansas Senate OK

posted: 05/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would transfer more than $100 million in tobacco settlement funds now in the Arkansas Healthy Century Trust Fund to the state's Long-Term Reserve Fund to use in economic downturns.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 05/03/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

House, Senate OK fixes in ethics laws

Lawmakers advance bills that would remove 60,000 from Arkansas Medicaid program

posted: 05/02/2017 12:41 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to moving 60,000 people off the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion program and to impose a work requirement on its participants.

Arkansas panels favor plan to shrink Medicaid rolls

posted: 05/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislation endorsing a plan to scale back Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program cleared committees of the state House and Senate on Monday during the first day of a special legislative session.

Vote in Arkansas Senate sustains veto of enforcement ban

posted: 05/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Senate balked Monday at overriding Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of legislation that would bar Alcoholic Beverage Control and its enforcement division from enforcing laws relating to gaming or gambling devices.

Panel fails to OK bill to shift cash into reserve fund

updated: 05/02/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would transfer about $105 million in the Arkansas Healthy Century Trust Fund from tobacco settlement funds to the state's Long-Term Reserve Fund failed to clear the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Monday afternoon.

House panel advances governor's proposed changes to Medicaid expansion program

updated: 05/01/2017 6:10 p.m. Discuss

An Arkansas House committee has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to make changes to the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion program.

Special session's focus health law; Arkansas Works eligibility, U.S. waivers issues at hand

updated: 04/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

State lawmakers will consider Gov. Asa Hutchinson's latest proposals to change Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion during a special session that starts Monday, against the backdrop of uncertainty over the federal law that authorizes funding for the program.

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