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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Attorney for Texan seeks return of cash seized in Arkansas traffic stop

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The attorney for a Texas man who left Arkansas nearly $20,000 lighter following a traffic stop is asking the state's top court to step in.

Attorney: Court must intervene for man convicted of killing North Little Rock veterinarian

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Supreme Court must find a way for a man serving a life sentence based on discredited FBI testimony to seek relief instead of deferring to lawmakers or the governor for justice, an attorney argued Monday.

Birth-files limitation unlawful, brief says

posted: 05/25/2016 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

The state laws that prohibit married same-sex couples from putting their names on children's birth certificates are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and should be voided by the state's highest court, according to an attorney representing gay couples.

Governor's son faces felony drug charge in Alabama

posted: 05/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

The son of Arkansas' governor was arrested Saturday by Alabama law enforcement officials who say they caught him trying to sneak party drugs into a music festival.

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.

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.

Both houses approve Broyles Act

updated: 05/21/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Prompted by the legacy of a former Arkansas Razorback football coach, the House of Representatives on Friday pushed through a bill aimed at strengthening publicity rights and making them legally transferable even after an individual's death.

State Capitol news in brief

updated: 05/21/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Research closer on youth offenders A pair of bills meant to allow the release of privileged data on youth offenders to researchers passed both chambers Friday.

Court rejects ballot-issue backer

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

The Little Rock attorney seeking to get a proposed ethics amendment on the November ballot Thursday lost his effort to get the Arkansas Supreme Court to force the state's attorney general to approve his ballot title or substitute it with her language.

Youth-offense data shared under bills

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The House and Senate Judiciary committees both approved bills that would allow state officials to share some data on youth offenders.

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