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Governor signs agency change for War Memorial Stadium

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson went to War Memorial Stadium on Wednesday to sign three bills that would reorganize state government, including legislation that merged the free-standing War Memorial Stadium Commission into the state Department of Parks and Tourism.

Arkansas Senate adds age, training requirement to campus gun bill

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday amended legislation to allow any Arkansan who is at least age 25, has a permit and has undergone up to 16 hours of active-shooter training to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.

Senate panel goes for notifications by online sellers

posted: 02/23/2017 3:47 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would require out-of-state retailers that don't have a physical presence in Arkansas and don't collect sales and use taxes to notify Arkansas customers that tax is due on their purchases.

Voter IDs' return gets Arkansas panel's OK

posted: 02/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

An Arkansas Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would require voters to show a photo identification before casting their ballots.

State's pay-plan retool for 25,000 backed by panel

posted: 02/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday endorsed an overhaul of the pay plan for about 25,000 full-time state workers that officials project will cost about $57 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Subcommittee forwards 4 proposed amendments

updated: 02/22/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A state House subcommittee on Tuesday advanced four representative-sponsored constitutional amendments for consideration today by its parent committee.

Plan adds gun-toters on Arkansas campuses

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Any concealed-weapon permit holder in Arkansas who is at least 25 would be allowed to carry a weapon on public college campuses after completing an active-shooter training program, under a proposal agreed upon by several state lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Lottery, Oaklawn pacts discrete, Arkansas ad firm vows

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has executed a five-year, $34.5 million advertising contract with the Little Rock firm of CJRW, which will keep separate the employees who work for the lottery and those who work for another client with a gambling clientele, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, officials for the lottery and CJRW said.

Arkansas governor creates board to find cost savings

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has created a 15-member advisory board to identify efficiencies and cost savings in state government to better serve Arkansas taxpayers, he said Monday.

Arkansas House looks to pare list of amendments

posted: 02/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas legislative leaders hope the House this week will decide which constitutional amendment proposed by a House member should be referred to voters next year.

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