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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

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College grants bill falters in 4-4 vote by Arkansas Senate panel

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A piece of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislative agenda was rejected Wednesday after Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, joined three Democrats on the Senate Education Committee in voting against the bill to implement a new grant program for college students.

Agency plans review of medical-pot rules

posted: 02/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took a look at drafted medical-marijuana regulations on Wednesday and decided to meet later this month to further review them.

2 Arkansas senators file framework for 'bathroom bill'

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 32

Two Republican lawmakers filed a so-called bathroom bill on Tuesday aimed at emulating a North Carolina law that has garnered headlines nationally.

Arkansas Senate committee advances legal-fee, damages caps; bad idea, chief justice says

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

A Senate committee Tuesday recommended for referral to voters a proposed constitutional amendment to limit attorneys' contingency fees and punitive damages, after earlier hearing the state's chief justice speak against the proposal's provision to give lawmakers control over court rules.

Two medical marijuana measures zip through Arkansas House

posted: 02/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A pair of medical marijuana bills that sputtered through a committee last week passed with little opposition in a House vote on Monday.

Bill to require e-filing of finances advances

updated: 02/14/2017 2:14 a.m. Comments 2

The House approved a bill Monday that would require lawmakers to file their campaign finance reports in a computerized database.

UA wants to be added to bill that would keep names of police working at schools secret

updated: 02/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville asked that higher education institutions be added to a bill that would keep secret the names of police officers working at schools, according to UA and the bill's sponsor.

Arkansas panel OKs medical-marijuana bills; measures set ownership rules for growers, dispensaries

posted: 02/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

After rejecting one medical-marijuana bill and tabling another Wednesday, the House Rules Committee approved both in short order Thursday.

Arkansas panel rejects making medical marijuana licensee be person, not business

posted: 02/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative committee rejected a bill Wednesday that would require medical-marijuana license holders to be people instead of corporations, and the panel then tabled a separate bill that would limit ownership of cultivation facilities and dispensaries by out-of-state groups.

Arkansas panel OKs measure on security at school

posted: 02/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The Senate Education Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make the identities of schools' security personnel a secret.

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