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Week's funds for homeland security OK'd

updated: 02/28/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 14

The Republican-controlled Congress struggled into the night Friday before passing emergency legislation to keep the Homeland Security Department in full funding for one week and avert a partial shutdown at the federal agency with anti-terrorism responsibilities.

Phone locater bill sails in House

posted: 02/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would require cellphone carriers to immediately release the location of a cellphone to law enforcement agencies in the event of an emergency.

House education-law vote axed

updated: 02/28/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly canceled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives.

Jindal unveils bid to close budget gap

updated: 02/28/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his long-standing refusal to raise taxes, while avoiding deep cuts to health care and colleges.

Lawmaker pays up for Downton office decor

updated: 02/28/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show Downton Abbey, according to financial records.

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:

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.

House rejects Homeland Security funding

updated: 02/27/2015 4:30 p.m. Comments 22

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House unexpectedly rejected short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, increasing the prospect of a partial shutdown at midnight of an agency with significant anti-terrorism responsibilities.

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 9

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.

Foreign states' gifts raise new questions for Clinton

updated: 02/27/2015 2:42 a.m. Comments 3

The Clinton family foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with President Barack Obama's administration, foundation officials have disclosed.

Cotton pushes for mightier military as deterrent

posted: 02/27/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 9

America needs to spend more on its military to deter attacks, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday.

Senate panel endorses AG nominee Lynch

updated: 02/27/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending her nomination to the full Senate for what is likely to be a contentious vote.

Short-term funding for security draws look

updated: 02/27/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

House Republicans are looking at a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security operating, although it would allow immigration policies they oppose to remain in place for now, officials said Thursday.


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