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Special session in plans for state; governor seeks to tackle 2 issues

posted: 02/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced plans on Monday to call lawmakers into a special session later this year to deal with two issues that he and legislative leaders say are of immediate concern.

Arkansas governor to call for special legislative session after fiscal session

posted: 02/19/2018 3:55 p.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he accepted legislative leaders’ call for a special legislative session later this year to consider two issues he said require immediate attention: the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers and amending the state’s open container law.

Arkansan ushered in guns-research curbs, came to regret 1990s push that halted CDC firearms-violence studies

updated: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 32

WASHINGTON -- As the victims of the latest mass shooting are mourned and buried, some Americans say it's time to revisit the Dickey Amendment, legislative language that has hampered government-funded research on gun violence prevention for more than two decades.

Candidate filing time at hand in Arkansas for 173 seats

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

After months of talk, the time has come to put pen to form: Filing starts Thursday for Arkansans seeking to run for the 173 state and federal offices on the ballot this year.

Former Arkansas TV newsman digging White House work

updated: 02/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

President Donald Trump apparently is pleased with the work of Hogan Gidley, his deputy press secretary and a former Arkansas TV newsman who grew up in El Dorado.

Crawford's caucus speaks up for steel

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, who serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, asked the White House last week to help America's steelworkers.

Boozman takes note of malaria problem

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

U.S. Sen. John Boozman spoke Tuesday at the annual Malaria Champions Breakfast. The Republican from Rogers serves on the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Hill's staff sets up mobile-office hours

posted: 02/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Rep. French Hill's staff members will be holding mobile office hours across the 2nd Congressional District during the next two weeks.

Arkansas governor asked to call extra session on 2 topics

posted: 02/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' House and Senate leaders on Friday asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to call a special legislative session to take place after the ongoing fiscal session adjourns to consider bills on regulating pharmacy benefit managers and amending the law on open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles.

Hill plan on titles passes in House

posted: 02/17/2018 2:21 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A bill by U.S. Rep. French Hill altering title insurance premium disclosures passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week, part of a legislative package that garnered considerable bipartisan support.

99 Arkansas House members sign up for sex-harassment course

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

All 99 current members of the Arkansas House of Representatives attended or signed up to attend a voluntary harassment-prevention training course, according to House staff members.

Hutchinson leading gubernatorial foes in latest finance reports

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised about $292,000 in contributions last month for his re-election campaign, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson raised about $65,000, they reported on Thursday.

Arkansas panel advances proposal to add parole officers

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A proposal that would add 30 positions to the state Department of Community Correction in the coming fiscal year cleared a legislative panel Thursday over the objections of the state's budget director.

Late Arkansas House parliamentarian honored

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, with the support of some of his predecessors, put forward a memorial resolution Thursday to honor late Parliamentarian Tim Massanelli.

All Arkansas House members on board for sexual harassment training

posted: 02/15/2018 2:23 p.m. Comments 4

All 99 current members of the Arkansas House attended or are signed up to attend a voluntary sexual harassment prevention training course, according to House staff.

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