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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

Recent Stories by Brian Fanney

Arkansas Senate backs longer prison stays for repeat offenders

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Despite warnings that state prisons lack money and space for more criminals, senators voted 20-9 Wednesday for a proposal that would require repeat offenders to stay in prison longer.

Arkansas House panel favors broadband expansion

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A House committee advanced a bill to subsidize the expansion of Internet broadband service in the state even though several broadband providers oppose the bill.

Hutchinson signs King/Lee holiday split

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

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.

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.

2 medical-marijuana bills fall in Arkansas House, Senate

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

Bills intending to ban manufactured edible medical marijuana products and allow a commission to limit the number of plants grown by dispensaries failed to pass in separate votes Monday in the House and Senate.

Arkansas House OKs records-shield bill

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

An amended bill intended to shield attorney-client communications of agencies from the state's open-records law was approved by the House on Monday.

Arkansas House backs voter-ID bill, sends it on to Hutchinson

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

The House gave final approval Monday to a bill aimed at resurrecting the requirements of a voter-identification law that was struck down by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014.

School-intervention proposals endorsed

updated: 03/21/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas would use more than standardized tests to assess a school's performance under a collection of bills that advanced in the Legislature on Monday.

Agency to air state incentives

posted: 03/18/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has agreed to voluntarily share information about state business incentives.

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