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POLL: Bill designating official state duck spurs lively debate among Arkansas legislators

Subscriber onlyAdd ducks to the list of issues dividing lawmakers in the state Capitol as the session winds to a close. Continue reading...

State-proposed fiscal '18 budget put at $5.49B

Total up by $163M; funding would rise for DHS services

Subscriber onlyArkansas' general revenue budget for fiscal 2018 would be $5.49 billion, a $163 million increase over the current fiscal year, according to a proposal released by legislative leaders Monday night. Continue reading...

On highway funds, Arkansas House OKs 1 bill, rejects 2nd

Subscriber onlyTwo separate efforts to raise more money for highway maintenance initially failed Monday in the Arkansas House of Representatives, but the chamber had second thoughts just before adjourning in the evening and passed the more modest of the two measures. Continue reading...

Grandparent-visits bill fails in Arkansas Senate

Subscriber onlyThe Senate failed to pass a bill Monday that would expand the rights of grandparents who want to visit their grandchildren when a parent objects. Continue reading...

Arkansas House backs open-records law task force

Second measure, to extend response time for information requests, fails in vote

Subscriber onlyA bill to create a task force to review measures affecting the state's open information law passed in the House on Monday, while a measure to give extra time for complicated requests failed. Continue reading...

Panel backs bill on interest rate for teacher plans

Subscriber onlyA legislative committee on Monday advanced a bill that would modify the method used by the board of trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System to set the interest rate for deferred retirement plan accounts. Continue reading...

Amendments resolution clears House

Proposal seeks ballot vote on making it harder to change state’s constitution

Subscriber onlyA proposed amendment to the state constitution aimed at making it harder to amend the constitution in the future received broad support from House lawmakers Monday. Continue reading...

91st General Assembly Calendar

Subscriber onlyThe calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 79th day of the 2017 regular session. Continue reading...

State Capitol briefs

Subscriber onlyHousing-head bill makes advance Continue reading...

Health leaders watch budget

Proposal’s local impact considered

Subscriber onlyCongressional Republicans’ plans to change health insurance law have faltered, but President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget could still affect public health programs in Northwest Arkansas and around the country. Continue reading...

Bills focus on transparency, records in Arkansas police shootings

Subscriber onlyTwo state legislative proposals seek to increase transparency and keep better track of police-involved shootings in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Arkansas legislature's plate full for session's final days

Subscriber onlyArkansas legislative leaders aim to wrap up the regular session early next week, but they still have numerous issues to address. Continue reading...

Washington news in brief

Subscriber onlyState bankers visit D.C., walk with Hill Continue reading...

Democrats pick Gray as chief

Lawmaker edges out exec; state party looks to refocus

Subscriber onlyArkansas Democrats on Saturday selected state Rep. Michael John Gray as chairman of the party. Continue reading...

Some in Arkansas delegation say opportunity to get rid of Obama health law missed

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — House Republicans blew their chance to get rid of former President Barack Obama’s health care law and it’s a decision they’ll eventually regret, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Friday. Continue reading...

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