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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.

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.

No pay for 300 in state if plan fails

posted: 02/27/2015 2:37 a.m. Comment 1

As many as 300 Arkansans would be expected to work without pay if Congress cannot agree on a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security by midnight.

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.

State directors picked for posts

posted: 02/27/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Benton County Assessor Bear Chaney as director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department, and the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission has named administrative law judge Barbara Webb as its chief executive officer after the governor asked the commission to consider the option, state officials said Thursday.

Senate panel backs pollution bill

updated: 02/26/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Senate committee Wednesday endorsed legislation that would give Arkansas elected officials responsibility for approving a key pollution-control plan.

Bill to abolish death penalty goes forward

posted: 02/26/2015 3:11 a.m. Comments 14

A Senate committee pushed forward legislation to end the state's death penalty. It also shot down legislation that would strengthen legal protections for religious objectors from government action.

Governor inks law to ban telemedicine abortions

posted: 02/26/2015 3:08 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation that requires a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion.

Legislative summary

updated: 02/26/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Wednesday 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: 02/26/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

This is the calendar of public events of the 90th General Assembly for today, the 46th day of the 2015 legislative session.

Governor ready to sign bill axing lottery panel

updated: 02/25/2015 4:01 a.m. Comments 5

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill to terminate the Arkansas Lottery Commission and require the governor to appoint the lottery director.

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