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Senate approves voter integrity unit creation

updated: 03/26/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Bills creating a voter integrity unit administered by the secretary of state's office and allowing the state Board of Election Commissioners to remove a county election commissioner based on a public complaint dashed through the Arkansas Senate on Wednesday.

Griffin pushes to cut tax on military pensions

updated: 03/26/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin on Wednesday stumped for legislation phasing out state income taxes levied on military retirement benefits. He told the Arkansas Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee that the state can afford to pay for the tax cut in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Panel OKs adding $15M for care-eligibility system

posted: 03/26/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas legislative committee Tuesday signed off on a $15.1 million increase to a $16.2 million contract with a Princeton, N.J.-based company for work on the state Department of Human Services' computerized eligibility system.

Commandments bill heads to House

posted: 03/26/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

A bill requiring the Arkansas secretary of state to help place a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds swiftly cleared the Arkansas Senate.

Concealed pistols bill advances

posted: 03/25/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Legislation allowing counties' elected officials and employees who have concealed-weapon permits to carry concealed handguns in county buildings, with the approval of their quorum courts, sped through the Arkansas Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

Earned income tax credit plan for poor falters

updated: 03/25/2015 3:56 a.m. Comments 3

A bill creating a state earned income-tax credit for low-income Arkansans failed to clear the Arkansas House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday.

Deputy environmental post funded

posted: 03/25/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas legislative panel Tuesday authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality to create a new deputy director position with a maximum annual salary of $106,919.

Capitol-display bill clears panel

posted: 03/25/2015 3:28 a.m. Comments 5

Two Arkansas Senate committees Tuesday advanced religion-related bills: one to place a Ten Commandments monument near the Capitol and another to expand protections for religious objectors.

Private-option-to-end bill advances

updated: 03/23/2015 11:55 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansans who enroll or renew their enrollment in the state's private-option program would be notified by the state Department of Human Services that the program and its health insurance coverage will end on Dec. 31, 2016, under legislation that cleared the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

Lure for Dave & Buster's clears Senate

updated: 03/23/2015 11:55 p.m. Comments 2

A bill aimed at attracting a Dave & Buster's restaurant and gaming arcade zipped through the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

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