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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.

Active-shooter training requirement added to Arkansas campus-carry bill

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday voted to add an active-shooter training requirement to a bill that would allow college faculty and staff members who have concealed-carry weapon permits to take guns onto campuses.

Tort-law redo bid clears Arkansas Senate 21-10; aim is to cap attorney fees, damages

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to refer to voters next year that would limit attorneys' contingency fees and the award of certain damages while granting the Legislature control over the state Supreme Court's rules.

Arkansas retirement-board changes get Senate panel's approval

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would change requirements for six of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's nine trustees and limit to two the number of trustees who are retired from the system.

War Memorial Stadium proposal receives backing

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Parks and Tourism director said he expects more high school football and soccer games to be played at the stadium.

Agency plans review of medical-pot rules

posted: 02/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took a look at drafted medical-marijuana regulations on Wednesday and decided to meet later this month to further review them.

Ethics panel seat given to Bentonville attorney

posted: 02/16/2017 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed attorney Alice Eastwood of Bentonville to the state Ethics Commission, Hutchinson announced this week.

2 Arkansas senators file framework for 'bathroom bill'

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 32

Two Republican lawmakers filed a so-called bathroom bill on Tuesday aimed at emulating a North Carolina law that has garnered headlines nationally.

Arkansas Senate committee advances legal-fee, damages caps; bad idea, chief justice says

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

A Senate committee Tuesday recommended for referral to voters a proposed constitutional amendment to limit attorneys' contingency fees and punitive damages, after earlier hearing the state's chief justice speak against the proposal's provision to give lawmakers control over court rules.

Sales-tax collection bill falls short in Arkansas House committee

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The state House tax committee balked Tuesday at recommending legislation that would require out-of-state companies to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans and pay the money to the state.

Bill puts Little Rock stadium under parks purview

posted: 02/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would transfer the free-standing War Memorial Stadium Commission into the Department of Parks and Tourism cleared the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

Bill bars liens on retiree benefits

updated: 02/14/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas legislative committee on Monday endorsed a bill aimed at protecting retirees in the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System from predatory practices by barring pension advance companies from obtaining benefits to repay a loan.

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