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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

Recent Stories by Brian Fanney

Senators criticize Arkansas alcohol board's rules, chief's 'smirks'

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Lawmakers told Janet Moore, chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, that she is rude and disrespectful and has an attitude problem after she debated Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, in a committee meeting Tuesday.

Contract-report law unwieldy, panel told

posted: 07/27/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Thanks to a new law, state agencies must file performance reports when they contract with a company. However, the reports are an administrative hassle that don't result in much, if any, state action, Ed Armstrong, administrator of the Office of State Procurement, told lawmakers Tuesday.

47 years after battle, late veteran honored

posted: 07/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Forty-seven years after Army Sgt. William Eugene Ballew was critically wounded in Vietnam, his family received the Purple Heart and 10 other medals he was awarded.

Ethics complaint on governor tossed

posted: 07/23/2016 5:47 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday for campaigning during "usual office hours."

'Pot' proposal lax, act's opponents told

posted: 07/23/2016 3:41 a.m. Discuss

If passed, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act would be one of the most permissive medical marijuana measures in the country, Henny Lasley, a founding member of Smart Colorado, said Friday.

Pro marijuana group reports $339,982

posted: 07/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A ballot committee backing the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment raised $339,982 last month, according to a report released Thursday.

Panel: Farmers can use soybean

posted: 07/22/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The state Plant Board had no reason to prevent farmers from planting a new herbicide-resistant strain of soybean this year, even though the herbicide is damaging neighboring crops, Terry Walker, director of the board, told lawmakers Thursday.

Dismang at the helm, trying his best to be nongovernor

posted: 07/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang has been acting governor since Friday, and he's trying to leave no trace behind.

Lawmakers seek opinion on school-bus funding shift

posted: 07/21/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to ask Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for an opinion on whether they can change how the state pays for student transportation, in light of court rulings on education funding.

Lawmakers seek AG opinion on school-bus funding shift

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to ask Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for an opinion on whether they can change how the state pays for student transportation, in light of court rulings on education funding.

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