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Claudia Lauer

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Capitol Bureau Reporter

Recent Stories by Claudia Lauer

Gentry facility that inspired new primate law has past violations

posted: 04/15/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A spider monkey with bones poking out of his foot, baboons with skin lesions or scarred tails, other primates with injuries thought to be caused by frostbite -- those were the images that greeted federal officials during an inspection at the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari last year.

Bill mandating financial filings digitally crashes

updated: 03/26/2015 10:17 p.m. Discuss

A bill that would require campaign-finance reports to be submitted in digital form to the secretary of state failed to pass in the Arkansas House on Thursday, but a bill placing campaign contribution limits on certain political advertising by outside groups passed.

House bill binds wine to farm law

updated: 03/26/2015 10:17 p.m. Comments 12

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would empower a state agency to bar California wine from coming into the state.

Panel favors drug tests for benefit recipients

posted: 03/27/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas legislative committee supported a bill Thursday that would create a pilot program to drug-test people who receive benefits in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.

House vote keeps kids open to sure life terms

posted: 03/27/2015 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

Legislation that would have eliminated the possibility of life without parole for people convicted of crimes they committed as juveniles failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday.

Scholarship bill advances

posted: 03/26/2015 4:28 a.m. Discuss

A second piece of legislation proposing to change how Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships are awarded passed through a legislative committee Wednesday.

Bid submitted to end ban on anti-bias laws

posted: 03/26/2015 3:34 a.m. Comments 4

Ballot language was submitted Wednesday to the Arkansas attorney general's office for a voter referendum to repeal Arkansas' ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances that differ from state law.

House backs capital-gains bill

posted: 03/26/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would restore 2013 capital gains tax cuts repealed by the Arkansas Legislature earlier in the session passed through the Arkansas House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Panel halts fluoride-control bill

posted: 03/26/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Legislation to allow local water providers to decide whether to add fluoride to the water supply failed to make it out of an Arkansas Senate committee Wednesday.

Scholarships' cuts heading to state House

posted: 03/25/2015 4:37 a.m. Comments 3

An Arkansas legislative committee Tuesday sent a bill to the Arkansas House of Representatives that would reduce the size of Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships for future recipients starting in the 2016-17 school year.

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