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Highways plan tied to earnings down the road

posted: 05/29/2016 3:51 a.m. Comments 7

The Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson are relying on the state treasurer’s improved earnings on roughly $3 billion in investments to help generate more money for the state’s highway program and to help pay for a long-term reserve fund for use in economic downturns.

In 5 counties, ballot systems set for update

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Secretary of State Mark Martin will provide an estimated $2.1 million worth of new voting equipment to five counties, his office announced Tuesday.

Hutchinson puts his pen to roads plan

updated: 05/24/2016 6:48 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law his highway funding bill, after the Arkansas Senate advanced it to him on the final day of a brief special session.

State legislature news in brief

posted: 05/24/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Editor’s note: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed all of the legislation passed in this special session, according to his staff.

Top aide chosen to lead staff

posted: 05/22/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Alison R. Williams will be the new chief of staff for Gov. Asa Hutchinson starting June 1, the governor said Friday.

Highway bill now just shy of Senate OK

updated: 05/21/2016 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding legislation won the endorsement of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, while a competing bill failed to clear the House Rules Committee.

Top aide chosen to lead staff

posted: 05/21/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Alison R. Williams will be the new chief of staff for Gov. Asa Hutchinson starting June 1, the governor said Friday.

Government efficiency bills fly, but with grease, grumbles

updated: 05/21/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The weight of the House speaker was needed to pass identical versions of a so-called government efficiency bill out of a Senate committee and through the House on Friday.

1 panel, not other, OKs Arkansas highway bill

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas House Rules Committee advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding bill on Thursday, but an identical bill stalled in a Senate committee.

On session's eve, panel short of road-bill votes

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The 90th General Assembly convenes at 9 a.m. today for its third special session called by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and the Senate sponsor of the governor's highway funding bill said Wednesday night that he's still working to line up enough support to get the legislation through the Senate transportation committee.

Legislators reject restroom letter

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Wednesday approved a resolution encouraging Arkansas school districts and higher education institutions to disregard federal instructions on transgender students' use of restrooms and locker rooms.

Pension fund up $17M for quarter

posted: 05/19/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments increased in value by $17 million last quarter to $7.502 billion, an investment consultant said Wednesday.

Road bill heads for unsure panel

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding bill will be assigned to the Senate committee that handles transportation issues in the special session starting Thursday, but the senator sponsoring the legislation said Tuesday that it doesn't have enough votes to clear the eight-member panel yet.

Road-funding session called by Hutchinson

posted: 05/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday formally summoned Arkansas lawmakers for a special session starting at 9 a.m. Thursday to consider his revised highway funding plan and 14 other matters.

Democrats respond on restrooms

posted: 05/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge said Monday that federal instructions on transgender students' use of restrooms and locker rooms aren't needed, while a spokesman for Democratic congressional candidate Dianne Curry said she supports the federal instructions.

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