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Sean Beherec

State Capitol Reporter

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Lottery dials back budget projections

posted: 08/21/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised budget that reduces its projection for money raised for scholarships by $3 million to $78.2 million. It also voted to close three regional prize claim centers in a cost-cutting move.

State undecided over filing appeal in tech firm case

posted: 08/21/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Finance and Administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a $250,000 Arkansas State Claims Commission award to a technology company that offered to help collect tax revenue for the state, the agency's chief counsel said Wednesday.

Decal fee raise said short for prison

posted: 08/20/2014 4:18 a.m. Comments 2

A proposed $2 fee increase on license plate decals would likely not cover the costs to build a new, roughly $100 million prison, an official from the Bureau of Legislative Research told lawmakers Tuesday.

Gubernatorial hopefuls file July finance reports

posted: 08/16/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross outraised his Republican opponent by more than $30,000 in July, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday with the secretary of state's office.

2 to call for vote to scrap No. 2 job

posted: 08/15/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Sens. Keith Ingram and Jimmy Hickey said Thursday that they will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment during the next legislative session to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office.

19 proposals in report on human trafficking

posted: 08/14/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking.

McDaniel to speak at U.N. on racism

posted: 08/13/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will speak today before a United Nations committee in Geneva focused on ending racial discrimination.

2 candidates target prison overcrowding

posted: 08/13/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Democratic attorney general candidate Rep. Nate Steel said Tuesday that he plans to address prison overcrowding in a legislative package that he will release in the next couple of weeks.

Justices urged to bury ID law

posted: 08/12/2014 4:09 a.m. Comments 3

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-identification law asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a lower court's ruling that found the new law unconstitutional.

Officials split on judicial elections

posted: 08/10/2014 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

Instead of having Arkansas voters pick new Supreme Court judges, Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants the decision to be made by the governor with the help of a non-partisan committee.

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