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Claudia Lauer

Capitol Bureau Reporter

Capitol Bureau Reporter

Recent Stories by Claudia Lauer

Fee cut pitched for conceal-carry guns

updated: 12/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Legislators heard a plan Thursday to cut the application fee for Arkansans who want a conceal-carry gun license.

Convict-packed jails loom big for counties

posted: 12/19/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Reimbursement for county jails housing state inmates because of crowding at state prisons will be a priority for the Association of Arkansas Counties during the coming legislative session.

Report: State Web not best school option

posted: 12/18/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas schools can reach Internet access goals without using or creating a statewide "backbone" network, according to a consultant's report presented to legislators Wednesday.

$4M paid for poor job, DHS concedes

posted: 12/17/2014 4:34 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas Department of Human Services paid an information-technology company more than $4 million for services it failed to perform, according to testimony at a legislative hearing Tuesday.

Systems agency bids to alter rates

posted: 12/17/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Information Systems presented a revised rate schedule Tuesday that it hopes will bring its billing into federal compliance in the next 18 months.

Heritage agency's HQ plan on track

posted: 12/14/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Arkansas Heritage's plan to build a new headquarters has encountered some opposition, but officials say the proposal is still on track.

Court readies updated rules on lawyer fees

posted: 12/13/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court is getting ready to send a lot of mail as the holidays approach, but attorneys won't find Christmas cards from the court in their mailboxes.

Board probes complaint on parcel's value

updated: 12/11/2014 10:21 p.m. Discuss

A three-member panel of the Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board wants to know why appraisers increased the appraised value of a property parcel shortly before it was sold to the state.

Hearing today for appraisers; site state sought jumped $1M

posted: 12/11/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is investigating whether an appraisal for property being purchased by the state was improperly increased by about $1 million.

Legislators vote in 6 to lead 3 joint panels

posted: 12/10/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas House members elected five Republicans and one Democrat to leadership positions for several joint committees Tuesday.

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