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Senate panel rejects kindergarten enrollment bill

posted: 03/30/2015 11:14 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A bill to force school districts to allow some Arkansas children who narrowly miss the age requirement for starting kindergarten to enroll anyway is effectively dead.

HB1228 heads for House; protesters flood Capitol

updated: 03/30/2015 11:31 a.m. Comments 20

An amended bill opponents say would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and transgender people cleared a House committee Monday. Arkansas H

Arkansas joint panel approves $5.2 billion spending plan

posted: 03/30/2015 9:38 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Legislation outlining Arkansas' annual $5.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year is heading to the House and Senate for votes.

Harris-owned preschool reaps public money

updated: 03/29/2015 3:08 a.m. Comments 21

A for-profit preschool owned by state Rep. Justin Harris and his wife receives about 90 percent of its annual funding from the government, according to audits on file with the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Hill joins panel on terror funds

updated: 03/29/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., has been named to the Financial Service Committee's Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. The temporary group, created March 20, has the task of updating what the country's financial system does to disrupt financing for terrorism groups.

Budget has $133M rise in spending

posted: 03/28/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

State general-revenue spending would increase by $133 million to $5.18 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1 under a proposed budget that legislative leaders released Friday afternoon.

Religious-principles bill passes in Senate

posted: 03/28/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 5

A bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act breezed through the Arkansas Senate on Friday over the objections of opponents who warned that it would lead to discrimination against gays and hurt efforts to attract high-tech industry to Arkansas.

Adding information act 'teeth' clears House

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers pushed through a string of tweaks to the state's criminal code on Friday, including a bill that would leave public board members out of a job, and possibly in jail, if they violate the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Bills clear House for Uber, loot at arcade

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Bills to bring back adult arcades and bolster smartphone-application driving services cleared the Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday.

Senate OKs a primary date

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate voted Friday for legislation requiring the state to hold a presidential primary election on the first Tuesday in March every four years when a president is elected.

Paid maternity leave for state employees fails in Senate panel

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would grant paid maternity leave to pregnant state employees failed Friday in an Arkansas Senate committee and will go to an interim committee for further study.

Landowners' rights bill goes to Hutchinson

posted: 03/28/2015 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

With no fanfare, the Arkansas Senate on Friday sent the governor a bill aimed at protecting private property owners' rights.

Commandment bill clears panel

posted: 03/28/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

A bill to establish a monument of the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds cleared another hurdle with a favorable committee vote by lawmakers Friday.

House committee backs bill requiring colleges to fly flags

posted: 03/28/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill requiring Arkansas public institutions of higher learning to fly the American and Arkansas flags on their campuses passed a state legislative committee with flying colors Friday.

Senate OKs call against cross-state power line

posted: 03/28/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

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