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Suit says lawmaker's truck payments late

posted: 02/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

A Delaware-based company has filed suit against state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who is chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, alleging that he has failed to make installment payments on a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup and owes the company more than $31,000.

Act 218 scraps lottery panel

updated: 02/27/2015 2:48 a.m. Comments 2

With no fanfare, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday afternoon privately signed into law legislation abolishing the nine-member Arkansas Lottery Commission and placing his administration in control of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

House approves eVersity bill, 93-3

updated: 02/27/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ease the creation of the new Internet university run through the University of Arkansas System.

State directors picked for posts

posted: 02/27/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Benton County Assessor Bear Chaney as director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department, and the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission has named administrative law judge Barbara Webb as its chief executive officer after the governor asked the commission to consider the option, state officials said Thursday.

Senate panel backs pollution bill

updated: 02/26/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Senate committee Wednesday endorsed legislation that would give Arkansas elected officials responsibility for approving a key pollution-control plan.

Governor inks law to ban telemedicine abortions

posted: 02/26/2015 3:08 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation that requires a physician to be in the room during a chemical abortion.

Governor ready to sign bill axing lottery panel

updated: 02/25/2015 4:01 a.m. Comments 5

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill to terminate the Arkansas Lottery Commission and require the governor to appoint the lottery director.

Alcohol-vote bill fails; wine tax goes to governor

updated: 02/25/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

A bill to allow voters in northern Pulaski County to vote on whether to allow hotels and restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages failed to clear the state Senate on Tuesday as the House sent to the governor legislation to require wineries to collect local sales taxes on shipments of wine.

Bill advances to let areas exit school districts easier

updated: 02/24/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would make it easier for communities to carve out a new school district from an existing school district passed through the state House of Representatives on Monday after failing to clear the chamber last week.

Road, lottery bills get look in session

posted: 02/23/2015 3:39 a.m. Comment 1

After a three-day break, the Arkansas General Assembly this week will decide the fate of legislation to scrap the Arkansas Lottery Commission, shift some general revenue to state highways, boost religious freedom and overhaul the state’s criminal justice system.

Milligan: Sorry for hiring cousin

posted: 02/21/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan apologized Friday for giving a first cousin a job in his office with an annual salary of $63,000 in violation of state law.

After debate, House passes bill on local control of fluoridation

updated: 02/20/2015 3:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House approved legislation Thursday that would allow water providers, cities or other local entities to decide whether to add fluoride to the water supply.

Senators pass computer bill, one on cursive

posted: 02/20/2015 3:24 a.m. Comments 2

Bills to require Arkansas' public high schools to offer at least one computer-science class and each public elementary school to teach cursive writing by the end of third grade sailed through the Arkansas Senate on Thursday and are on their way to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

House panel's vote backs bid to shift lottery

posted: 02/19/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Legislation axing the Arkansas Lottery Commission and requiring the governor to appoint the lottery director easily cleared an Arkansas House committee Wednesday.

Webcam abortion ban OK'd in Senate

updated: 02/17/2015 10:36 p.m. Comments 12

Legislation that would ban a type of abortion not currently available in Arkansas won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, as a bill that would change the requirements for creating a school district by detaching territory from an existing district narrowly failed to clear the House.

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