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3 House panels elect new leaders

posted: 12/09/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

House members of three legislative panels Wednesday elected that chamber's chairmen for the audit and budget committees, as well as Legislative Council.

Governor announces new grant for students in 'high demand' fields of study

updated: 12/08/2016 1:02 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a news conference Thursday announced the creation of an education grant that will provide funding for students who enroll in “high demand” fields of study.

In Capitol Hill showdown, Arkansas cheese dip bests Texas' queso

posted: 12/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Lawmakers from across the country agree: Arkansas cheese dip is superior to Texas queso.

Arkansas governor says U.S. OKs modified Medicaid expansion

posted: 12/07/2016 2:59 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as "Arkansas Works."

5 named to committee to oversee medical marijuana in Arkansas

posted: 12/07/2016 2:43 p.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state lawmakers announced five people who will sit on a committee to oversee medical marijuana regulation after Arkansans voted to legalize it in November.

Cotton joins in call for Trump scrutiny

posted: 12/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 18

Two Republican lawmakers are calling on their colleagues to maintain aggressive congressional oversight of Donald Trump's administration next year even though the new president is a member of their political party, which controls Capitol Hill.

Veterans bills praised by Boozman, Cotton

posted: 12/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' U.S. senators on Tuesday praised the passage of two separate U.S. House of Representative bills that aim to benefit veterans.

House chief of staff retiring this month

posted: 12/06/2016 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The state House of Representatives' chief of staff, Robert Dale, is retiring at the end of December, Dale said last week.

Arkansas lawmaker files bill to restrict method used to end pregnancies in 2nd trimester

posted: 12/05/2016 3:21 p.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas lawmaker who crafted the state's post-20 week ban on abortions filed a bill Monday to restrict a method used to terminate pregnancies of women in their second trimester.

Hutchinson establishes Office of Transformation to promote efficiency

posted: 12/05/2016 3:03 p.m. Comments 4

In an effort to "reduce excessive bureaucracy," Gov. Asa Hutchinson has established a new governmental office tasked with expediting state services and promoting efficiency.

POLL: Bill filed to push seat belts on Arkansas school buses

posted: 12/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Back when he was 17, state Rep. Mark McElroy says, he was once hired to drive a school bus carrying cheerleaders from his native McGehee up the winding, ice-covered Pig Trail to Fayetteville.

State GOP focuses on gains, unity

posted: 12/05/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BENTON — Arkansas Republicans started their state committee meeting Saturday with applause for President-elect Donald Trump, but their main focus was on gains made for the party at the state and local level.

Washington news in brief

updated: 12/04/2016 3:25 a.m. Comment 1

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State GOP focuses on gains, unity

posted: 12/04/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Republicans started their state committee meeting Saturday with applause for President-elect Donald Trump, but their main focus was on gains made for the party at the state and local level.

Bill seeks to limit annexation powers

posted: 12/03/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, has filed a bill to limit annexation legislation that he's said the city of Hot Springs is using as a "land grab," a consequence he didn't foresee when he voted for the law last year.

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