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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

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Rodents, leaks plague Governor's Mansion

updated: 05/27/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

A rat infestation, structural problems and deferred maintenance at the Governor's Mansion warranted a change in the structure's supervising commission, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

Hutchinson: Mansion shift Legislature's

posted: 05/24/2016 6:45 a.m. Comments 3

Legislation to give the governor more control over his home was driven by lawmakers, the governor's spokesman said Monday.

Government efficiency bills fly, but with grease, grumbles

updated: 05/21/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The weight of the House speaker was needed to pass identical versions of a so-called government efficiency bill out of a Senate committee and through the House on Friday.

Bill to freeze academic-distress list gains

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The House Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill that places a moratorium on placing schools in academic distress. Democrats made a failed attempt to push an amendment to remove all schools, including Little Rock School District, from state takeover.

Efficiency bill snags in Senate

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Questions about a so-called efficiency bill stalled action on the legislation at a Senate committee meeting Thursday.

Bill shifts Arkansas history panel's authority to single leader

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The authority of the state's history agency would be transferred from a seven-member board to a single person under the draft of a bill that had not been publicly released by Wednesday, the eve of its consideration by lawmakers.

Bill would let state share juvenile data

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Administrative Office of the Courts, under the direction of an Arkansas Supreme Court commission, has been working on an assessment to better treat offenders that enter the juvenile justice system.

State revives economic office in Europe, hires exec to run it

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is hiring Cornelius Schnitzler to run the commission's reopened European office, according to contract information reviewed by lawmakers Tuesday.

Counties' uninsured fewer by up to 10.2%

posted: 05/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

As Arkansas grew its Medicaid program, the rate at which the state's population has gained health insurance has ranked among the highest in the country, and the expansion has affected some counties more than others.

Legislators set to fill blanks on session list

updated: 05/15/2016 4:02 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers are unlikely to consider raising taxes during a special legislative session on highways set to start Thursday, according to legislative leaders and the governor.

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