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Private option till '17 clears Senate by 29-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

A bill reauthorizing the use of federal dollars for the state's private-option program sailed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Senators vote 62-36 to pass Keystone bill

updated: 01/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Comment 1

The new Republican-majority Senate on Thursday passed a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Barack Obama has said he will veto.

Rogers' city attorney gets check, quits

posted: 01/30/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

A city attorney in Northwest Arkansas has agreed to leave his elected office as part of a $390,000 settlement with the city of Rogers. The amount is close to what his salary would have been if he had finished out his term.

Boozman backs Cuba-travel bill

updated: 01/30/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Americans could freely travel to Cuba under a bill proposed Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators including Arkansas' John Boozman.

Military-benefits findings raise caution

updated: 01/30/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.

Senate votes to spare yoga schools from regulation

updated: 01/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation to bar the state Board of Private Career Education from exerting its authority over yoga-teacher training schools, while the Arkansas House of Representatives OK'd a bill changing the qualifications for small, isolated school districts to receive more funding.

Legislative summary

updated: 01/30/2015 2:35 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: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

House approves governor's tax-cut bill 95-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House approved a bill Thursday authorizing middle-class tax cuts championed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, including an amendment that repeals only a portion of the 2013 capital-gains tax cut.

House committee OKs bill to prohibit 'webcam abortions'

posted: 01/30/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would require a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion was endorsed by a state House committee Thursday and likely will go to the House floor early next week.

House approves Hutchinson's tax cut proposal

posted: 01/29/2015 2:04 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes for the middle class by $102 million a year and repeal part of a 2013 capital gains tax break.

Boozman touts bipartisan bill to lift Cuba travel ban

posted: 01/29/2015 12:51 p.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., was among a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation Thursday that would end restrictions on travel to Cuba.

Arkansas House committee approves anti-abortion proposal

posted: 01/29/2015 12:29 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House committee has approved a proposal that would require a doctor to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

State Senate OKs 'private option' Medicaid plan, task force

updated: 01/29/2015 1:02 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative.

2 votes keep private option alive

posted: 01/29/2015 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue the state's private-option Medicaid expansion program through the end of 2016 cleared two hurdles Wednesday, and lawmakers blocked a separate attempt to end the program at the end of this year.

AG nominee faces senators, promises independent stance

updated: 01/29/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 2

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama on Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of illegal aliens.

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