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Hutchinson names state VA director

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday appointed a veteran with extensive health care management experience to lead the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Continue reading...

House debates edits to tort-caps proposal

Floor vote on measure expected next week

Subscriber onlyThe state House had a lengthy debate Friday on dueling revisions offered for a proposed constitutional amendment that would set limits on damages awarded in civil lawsuits. Continue reading...

State pay plan flies through House

Bill to overhaul system for 25,000 workers goes to governor

Subscriber onlyA bill that would overhaul the pay plan for about 25,000 state employees at a projected cost of $57 million in the coming fiscal year zipped through the Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday. Continue reading...

Bill swaps manufacturers' incentive

Subscriber onlyThe Senate's calendar for Monday includes a bill that would phase out the InvestArk tax-credit program in exchange for providing a sales-tax exemption for manufacturers on purchases related to repairing machinery and equipment. Continue reading...

POLL: Bill seeks Clintons' name off Little Rock airport

Subscriber onlyA Conway state senator has filed a bill that is aimed at requiring Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field to change its name. Continue reading...

City's bias rule breaks law, Arkansas justices say

Case returns to Circuit Court

Subscriber onlyAn ordinance passed by Fayetteville voters protecting people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity violates Act 137 of 2015, which prevents cities from enacting such protections, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. Continue reading...

Arkansas committee advances tweaked tort proposal

Voter-ID measure now heads to Senate

Subscriber onlyA proposed constitutional amendment to reduce lawsuit payouts advanced out of committee Thursday, but only after the limits were doubled. Continue reading...

Bills give 3 state groups records-law exemptions

Subscriber onlyA trio of bills offering new secrecy provisions for the State Capitol Police, some attorney-client relationships and Arkansas Community Correction sailed through a Senate panel Thursday. Continue reading...

Ruling puts Eureka Springs ordinance in doubt

Subscriber onlyEureka Springs can't enforce a citywide anti-discrimination ordinance it has had for two years, said state Rep. Bob Ballinger, a Republican who represents District 97, which includes Eureka Springs. Continue reading...

Arkansas Senate holds off gun vote, move to panel denied

Subscriber onlyThe Senate on Thursday rejected a bid by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, to send back to a Senate committee a bill that would allow some concealed-permit holders to bring handguns onto college campuses. Continue reading...

Child care proposal advances

Bill would remove commission’s authority to regulate centers

Subscriber onlyA bill that would strip a state commission of its authority to regulate child care centers cleared a House committee Thursday. Continue reading...

State Capitol briefs

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Senate passes overhaul of state pay plan

Proposal on government workers’ salaries moves on to House for further review

Subscriber onlyLegislation that would overhaul the state's pay plan sailed through the Senate on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading...

School-nurse measure fails to clear committee

Subscriber onlyThe House Education Committee failed to pass a proposal to mandate that each public school campus have at least one nurse and meet a 750-1 student-to-nurse ratio. Continue reading...

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