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Claudia Lauer

Capitol Bureau Reporter

Capitol Bureau Reporter

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Private option till '17 clears Senate by 29-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 8

A bill reauthorizing the use of federal dollars for the state's private-option program sailed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Senate votes to spare yoga schools from regulation

updated: 01/30/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation to bar the state Board of Private Career Education from exerting its authority over yoga-teacher training schools, while the Arkansas House of Representatives OK'd a bill changing the qualifications for small, isolated school districts to receive more funding.

House approves governor's tax-cut bill 95-2

posted: 01/30/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House approved a bill Thursday authorizing middle-class tax cuts championed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, including an amendment that repeals only a portion of the 2013 capital-gains tax cut.

House committee OKs bill to prohibit 'webcam abortions'

posted: 01/30/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would require a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion was endorsed by a state House committee Thursday and likely will go to the House floor early next week.

House approves governor's tax-cut bill 95-2

posted: 01/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas House approved a bill Thursday authorizing middle-class tax cuts championed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, including an amendment that repeals only a portion of the 2013 capital-gains-tax cut.

2 votes keep private option alive

posted: 01/29/2015 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue the state's private-option Medicaid expansion program through the end of 2016 cleared two hurdles Wednesday, and lawmakers blocked a separate attempt to end the program at the end of this year.

Bills on ethics, liquor stores clear House committee

updated: 01/29/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

The first piece of legislation clarifying the voter-approved Issue 3 passed a House committee Wednesday.

Bill to scrap youth health-services survey delayed

updated: 01/28/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

After an almost hour-long debate Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, agreed to delay a bill that would eliminate a questionnaire that children's behavioral health services providers are required to complete on each client. He called the questionnaire an ineffective gauge of treatment outcomes.

Bill seeks to cut out survey on kids' care

updated: 01/24/2015 11:01 p.m. Comments 13

A lawmaker who runs one of the largest children's behavioral health service providers in Arkansas is trying to eliminate one of the state's tools for measuring the effectiveness of treatment.

Lottery panel in market for bills sponsor

posted: 01/22/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to have its director Bishop Woosley find lawmakers to sponsor legislation to allow the use of debit cards to purchase lottery tickets and change the bonding system for retailers that sell tickets.

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