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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

Recent Stories by Brian Fanney

Not all in loop, but group-therapy caps pass

updated: 09/24/2016 4:08 a.m. Comments 3

A legislative body on Friday gave final approval to a limit on a mental-health benefit for Medicaid recipients, but not everyone at the meeting knew what they were voting on.

'Fairness officer' approved for DHS

posted: 09/24/2016 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

The state Department of Human Services received approval from lawmakers on Friday to hire a "fairness officer" in order to improve its contracting process.

State justices approve title of medical marijuana measure

posted: 09/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

The words used to summarize a medical marijuana proposal on ballots received unanimous approval from the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, but the proposed initiated act still faces a second challenge before the state's highest court.

Casino bid's allies outraise foes in August

posted: 09/16/2016 3:49 a.m. Comments 3

A group formed to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize three new casinos in Arkansas received about five times the funding as the committee working against the proposal.

Panel's child welfare role debated

posted: 09/16/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

The co-chairman of the legislative panel dedicated to uncovering wrongdoing by state government said Thursday that lawmakers should have oversight over individual child welfare cases.

First lady: Rat smell lingers in mansion

posted: 09/15/2016 5:13 a.m. Comments 11

The interior of the governor's private office at his state-provided residence will have to be demolished to deal with the lingering smell of rats, first lady Susan Hutchinson told the Arkansas Governor's Mansion Commission on Wednesday.

Lawmaker urges input on public school funding

posted: 09/15/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislator said Tuesday the House and Senate Education committees’ process for figuring out how to spend more than $3 billion on public schools isn’t adequately open to input from interested lawmakers.

Arkansas lawmaker urges input on public school funding

posted: 09/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislator said Tuesday that the House and Senate Education committees' process for figuring out how to spend more than $3 billion on public schools is not adequately open to input from interested lawmakers.

Officials against bids for Rx 'pot'

posted: 09/13/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Doctors stood behind Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday and said recommending medical marijuana to their patients would be a violation of their oath to first do no harm.

Arizonans to pay $5,000, halt solicitations in state

posted: 09/10/2016 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The state has reached a settlement with a not-for-profit it accused of misleading donors, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Friday.

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