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Bump legislators' pay to $39,400, panel says

posted: 01/31/2015 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

Most Independent Citizens Commission members want to more than double state legislators' salaries.

Hutchinson selects designee to Delta board

posted: 01/31/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected Rural Services Director Amy Fecher as his designee and alternate to the Delta Regional Authority board of governors.

Pay panel backs more than doubling legislators' salaries

updated: 01/30/2015 11:44 a.m. Comments 25

The panel tasked with setting the salaries of elected officials in Arkansas on Friday voted to propose paying most state legislators $39,400 and the leaders of the two chambers $45,000.

Private option till '17 clears Senate by 29-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 8

A bill reauthorizing the use of federal dollars for the state's private-option program sailed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Rogers' city attorney gets check, quits

posted: 01/30/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

A city attorney in Northwest Arkansas has agreed to leave his elected office as part of a $390,000 settlement with the city of Rogers. The amount is close to what his salary would have been if he had finished out his term.

Boozman backs Cuba-travel bill

updated: 01/30/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Americans could freely travel to Cuba under a bill proposed Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators including Arkansas' John Boozman.

Senate votes to spare yoga schools from regulation

updated: 01/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation to bar the state Board of Private Career Education from exerting its authority over yoga-teacher training schools, while the Arkansas House of Representatives OK'd a bill changing the qualifications for small, isolated school districts to receive more funding.

Legislative summary

updated: 01/30/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Thursday in the 90th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

House approves governor's tax-cut bill 95-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House approved a bill Thursday authorizing middle-class tax cuts championed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, including an amendment that repeals only a portion of the 2013 capital-gains tax cut.

House committee OKs bill to prohibit 'webcam abortions'

posted: 01/30/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would require a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion was endorsed by a state House committee Thursday and likely will go to the House floor early next week.

Boozman touts bipartisan bill to lift Cuba travel ban

posted: 01/29/2015 12:51 p.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., was among a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation Thursday that would end restrictions on travel to Cuba.

State Senate OKs 'private option' Medicaid plan, task force

updated: 01/29/2015 1:02 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative.

2 votes keep private option alive

posted: 01/29/2015 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue the state's private-option Medicaid expansion program through the end of 2016 cleared two hurdles Wednesday, and lawmakers blocked a separate attempt to end the program at the end of this year.

Bills on ethics, liquor stores clear House committee

updated: 01/29/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

The first piece of legislation clarifying the voter-approved Issue 3 passed a House committee Wednesday.

Legislative summary

updated: 01/29/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Wednesday in the 90th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

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