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Lottery changes head to governor

updated: 03/30/2015 10:45 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Monday sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation trimming the size of lottery-financed scholarships for future recipients in their first year of college and changing the eligibility requirements.

Governor sent 2 sales-tax exemption bills

posted: 03/31/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A bill exempting sand used in oil and natural-gas drilling from sales taxes breezed through the Arkansas House of Representatives on Monday.

Longer abortion wait clears the Legislature

posted: 03/31/2015 3:19 a.m. Comments 6

A bill doubling the waiting period before a woman may undergo an abortion after consulting a doctor zipped through the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

$133 million rise in spending OK'd by budget panel

posted: 03/31/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Bills that would boost state general revenue spending by $133 million to $5.18 billion in fiscal 2016 sailed through the Arkansas Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Monday.

$5.18B state budget tops lawmakers' list

updated: 03/29/2015 11:53 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers will try to wrap up their work during the 90th Arkansas General Assembly's regular session this week by completing action on a proposed $5.18 billion general-revenue budget, deciding whether this will be the first regular session in 44 years not to refer a proposed constitutional amendment to voters, and considering enacting ethics legislation.

Budget has $133M rise in spending

posted: 03/28/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

State general-revenue spending would increase by $133 million to $5.18 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1 under a proposed budget that legislative leaders released Friday afternoon.

Religious-principles bill passes in Senate

posted: 03/28/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 5

A bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act breezed through the Arkansas Senate on Friday over the objections of opponents who warned that it would lead to discrimination against gays and hurt efforts to attract high-tech industry to Arkansas.

Senate OKs a primary date

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate voted Friday for legislation requiring the state to hold a presidential primary election on the first Tuesday in March every four years when a president is elected.

Landowners' rights bill goes to Hutchinson

posted: 03/28/2015 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

With no fanfare, the Arkansas Senate on Friday sent the governor a bill aimed at protecting private property owners' rights.

Collegian cash redo advances

posted: 03/27/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday night voted to cut the size of lottery-financed scholarships for future recipients during the first year of college and change the eligibility requirements for the scholarships starting in the 2016-2017 school year.

Abortion-notice bill sent to Hutchinson

updated: 03/26/2015 10:37 p.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday for legislation that would strengthen parent notification requirements for minors seeking abortions.

Panel supports tax-credit bill

posted: 03/27/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System would be limited to using or transferring $20 million a year in income-tax credits for recycling equipment in the $1 billion-plus Big River Steel mill near Osceola under legislation that won the endorsement of the Arkansas House's Revenue and Taxation Committee on Thursday.

College test bill gets nod in Senate

posted: 03/27/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday for a bill barring the state Board of Education from renewing its participation in the Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam for more than a year after the 2015-16 school year or any subsequent school year.

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.

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