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In dark on bids state senator submitted, companies say

updated: 02/19/2017 3:49 a.m. Comments 5

Two contractors say state Sen. Jake Files prepared and submitted bids under their companies' names without their knowledge.

Arkansas senator favors tougher Act 309 program rules

updated: 02/19/2017 3:48 a.m. Comments 2

The beating death of a Miller County jailer in December has focused new attention on the criteria state prisoners must meet to participate in the longtime Act 309 work-release program that lets them serve some of their sentences in county or local jails.

Arkansas governor sent bills to shift 3 agencies

updated: 02/18/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The placement of three state agencies -- including the commission overseeing Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium -- under new authorities moved through the House on Friday and onto the governor's desk.

Enhanced training snags concealed-carry-on-campus bill

posted: 02/18/2017 3:19 a.m. Comments 4

Proposed active-shooter training requirements have complicated campus-carry legislation in Arkansas, the latest state to propose a law that has prompted some college faculty resignations elsewhere.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 02/18/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Bill on medical pot

2 bills focus on sewage plants

posted: 02/18/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Legislation filed this week would require new nonmunicipal wastewater treatment plant owners to pay more funds into the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's trust fund for emergency plant repairs.

Hutchinson signs maternity-leave bill into law; legislation opens leave bank to new moms

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

With Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature Thursday, women working for state agencies were made eligible for four weeks of paid maternity leave.

Active-shooter training requirement added to Arkansas campus-carry bill

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday voted to add an active-shooter training requirement to a bill that would allow college faculty and staff members who have concealed-carry weapon permits to take guns onto campuses.

Tort-law redo bid clears Arkansas Senate 21-10; aim is to cap attorney fees, damages

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to refer to voters next year that would limit attorneys' contingency fees and the award of certain damages while granting the Legislature control over the state Supreme Court's rules.

Arkansas retirement-board changes get Senate panel's approval

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would change requirements for six of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's nine trustees and limit to two the number of trustees who are retired from the system.

Bill sets age for Arkansas 'antique' license plates at 45

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The owner of a 1993 Ford Probe, or other 25-year-old model of vehicle, won't be able to slap an "antique" license plate on it next year, if legislation that won a House committee endorsement Thursday becomes law.

Senate vote on SJR8

posted: 02/17/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

This is the Senate roll call on Senate Joint Resolution 8, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ contingency fees and damage awards in civil actions, and give the Legislature approval of court rules. The bill passed 21-10.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 02/17/2017 3:08 a.m. Discuss

89-0 House vote OKs judge-liability plan

Nursing, anesthesia measures fail to clear House committee

posted: 02/17/2017 2:26 a.m. Comment 1

Attempts to expand Arkansas nurse practitioners' authority to prescribe drugs and ability to receive Medicaid reimbursement failed to clear a House committee on Thursday.

Cotton raps House GOP tax plan; he fears double whammy of higher levies, prices for many

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 15

The House Republican tax plan, in its current form, appears to be bad news for working Arkansans, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday.

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