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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Wider DNA collection passes in House panel

updated: 03/06/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers on Thursday moved forward an effort to expand the types of suspects who must submit DNA samples to law enforcement. They also pushed to expand rights for gun owners at polling places.

'Re-homed' by legislator, girl, 6, sexually assaulted

posted: 03/05/2015 3:58 a.m. Comments 41

State Rep. Justin Harris let his two adopted daughters live with a man who later sexually assaulted the older, 6-year-old girl, the lawmaker said Wednesday, confirming a story first reported by the Arkansas Times.

Senate passes school district bill

updated: 03/04/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate on Tuesday sent to the governor legislation that would make it easier for a community to carve out a new school district from an existing one.

House panel OKs bill to make American law supreme

posted: 03/04/2015 3:52 a.m. Comments 11

Arkansas lawmakers moved a measure that would reassert the supremacy of American laws in American courts through a committee Tuesday morning.

2 citizens speak out against salary raises

posted: 03/03/2015 3:22 a.m. Comments 13

With significant pay raises expected for state lawmakers, including a recommended 148 percent increase for legislators, only two citizens appeared before the commission to criticize the proposals to increase pay for state officials.

16 legislators named to task force charged with charting state Medicaid's future

posted: 03/03/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

House and Senate leaders Monday released the names of the 16 lawmakers serving on a task force to study changes throughout the state's Medicaid program, including the private option.

State cash payouts get second look

posted: 03/03/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Legislators upheld a cash award to a farmer whose crops were damaged by a prison farmer, altered the cash award to the family of a woman who choked in state custody, and ordered a rehearing of a dispute between a roads contractor and the state's Highway Department.

Two citizens speak out against salary raises

posted: 03/03/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- With significant pay raises expected for state lawmakers, including a recommended 148-percent increase for legislators, only two citizens appeared before the commission to criticize their proposals to increase pay for state officials.

Guns on campus, prisons on agenda

updated: 03/01/2015 8:16 p.m. Comment 1

Prison space, parole changes, guns on college campuses and proposed constitutional amendments stand to dominate legislators' time this week.

Bill lifts limit on convict records

posted: 03/01/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

A Little Rock senator is pushing legislation that would require state prison and parole officials to open their books and provide more public information on offenders.

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