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Bill to move up state's presidential primaries OK'd by Senate

A bill that would move up Arkansas' primary in presidential election years cleared the Arkansas Senate on Friday. Continue reading...

Collegian cash redo advances

Bill shifts bar for scholarships, too

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

Calendar

Subscriber onlyThis is the tentative calendar of public events of the 90th General Assembly for today, the 75th day of the 2015 legislative session. Continue reading...

Getting it straight

Subscriber onlyThe Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday. Continue reading...

House panel OKs drug testing for benefits bill

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans who apply for certain job-training benefits and other family aid could be required to take a drug test under a bill endorsed by a House committee. Continue reading...

Bill raising penalty for illegal executive sessions clears panel

A bill that would stiffen penalties for knowingly violating part of Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act dealing with executive sessions cleared a state House of Representatives committee Thursday. Continue reading...

2 election-transparency bills gain

Panel backs measures on campaign records, coordinated ads

Subscriber onlyA pair of freshman legislators from rival parties pushed bills through the same committee Wednesday that were aimed at injecting more transparency into state election laws. Continue reading...

Bill to separate holiday for Lee, King again fails

HB1119 on dual celebration defeated; Love ‘surprised’

Subscriber onlyA months-long bipartisan effort to end the state's dual celebration of the birthdays of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. came to an end Wednesday after yet another no-vote in a legislative committee. Continue reading...

Senate approves voter integrity unit creation

Subscriber onlyBills 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. Continue reading...

Griffin pushes to cut tax on military pensions

Subscriber onlyLt. 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. Continue reading...

House OKs paid maternity leave

Measure would provide state employees up to $500 a week

Subscriber onlyThe House on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill that seeks to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for state employees. Continue reading...

Racial-impact study on law changes falters

Subscriber onlyFor the second time in the past three days, legislation requiring lawmakers to consider the racial impact of future changes to the state's criminal laws failed to pass Wednesday in the Arkansas Senate. Continue reading...

Abortion-wait bill cleared by House

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill that would double the waiting time for a woman waiting on an abortion. Continue reading...

Bill on infant deaths clears panel

It requires unexpected fatalities to be reported to hotline

Subscriber onlyA bill that would require reporting all sudden infant deaths and other unexpected child fatalities to the state child abuse hotline passed in an Arkansas House committee Wednesday. Continue reading...

Commandments bill heads to House

Senate favors monument legislation

Subscriber onlyA bill requiring the Arkansas secretary of state to help place a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds swiftly cleared the Arkansas Senate. Continue reading...

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