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Arkansas attorney general rejects recreational marijuana proposal

posted: 03/22/2017 1:06 p.m. Comments 4

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

Arkansas congressman: Vote is still 'no' on proposed health care act

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Unswayed by President Donald Trump's appeal on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said he still believes the proposed American Health Care Act is bad legislation that would harm the country.

Hutchinson signs King/Lee holiday split

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law Tuesday to split Arkansas' dual celebration of the birthdays of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Arkansas panel bats down execution curbs

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Ending executions in Arkansas -- or at least significantly reducing their frequency -- was debated in a House committee Tuesday, with lawmakers broadly voicing support for the death penalty.

Bill requiring Arkansans to hold 60 percent ownership in medical marijuana facilities advances

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After at least two unsuccessful attempts, a bill that would require Arkansans to hold 60 percent ownership in medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities cleared a Senate committee Tuesday.

Arkansas records-law bill on hold for talks

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, said Tuesday that he's temporarily holding in committee his bill intended to shield attorney-client communications of government agencies from the state's open-records law.

Bill aims to support female veterans; Boozman co-sponsor of measure on VA medical funding

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Sen. John Boozman and other lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday that seeks to improve VA medical services for more than 2 million female veterans.

State Capitol briefs

posted: 03/22/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

House favors plan for suicide hotline

Panel endorses Plan B for road funds

posted: 03/22/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Road proponents have a Plan B for highway funding -- a bill that would earmark for highways the money Arkansas generates from state sales taxes applied to purchases made on the Internet.

FOI exemption for agency advances

posted: 03/22/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would provide what state highway officials called a narrow exemption for their agency from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act won an endorsement from a House committee Tuesday.

Calendar

posted: 03/22/2017 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 73rd day of the 2017 regular session.

Bid to curb high-costing lending fails

posted: 03/22/2017 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The House failed to pass a bill Tuesday that would rein in high-cost lenders and it advanced a bill that would allow pawn brokers to charge loan fees above the interest rate cap set in the state constitution.

Veto of state employee-survey bill stands

posted: 03/22/2017 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The House on Tuesday failed to overturn Gov. Asa Hutchinson's first veto of this legislation session.

Senate vote favors education accounts

posted: 03/22/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would authorize a state pilot program to create education savings accounts for students cleared the Arkansas Senate on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson signs Lee-King holiday separation bill into law

updated: 03/21/2017 5:18 p.m. Comments 14

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into a law a bill that ends the dual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. lee as part of a single-day holiday.

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