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State Capitol Week in Review- Dec 1

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague December 1, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Since its creation in 2005, the state’s program to pay for school facilities has paid local school districts more than $930 million and committed to paying $283 million by the end of 2019. School districts …

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State Capitol Week in Review Nov 17

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague November 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – When the governor and the director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission journeyed to China and Japan on a trade mission, it underscored how important foreign trade is to the Arkansas economy. For example, more …

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State Capitol Week in Review November 10

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague November 10, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – In its past two regular sessions the Arkansas legislature has lowered state income tax rates and also made significant reductions in other types of state taxes. In preparation for the next regular session, in 2019, …

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State Capitol Week in Review Nov 3

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague November 3, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas State Police is working on changes to concealed carry regulations to enforce the intent of Acts 562 and 859, which the legislature approved earlier this year. Act 562 expands the number of locations …

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State Capitol Week in Review Oct 27

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague October 27, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Every year Arkansas Medicaid spends about $2 billion to pay for medical treatment and services for about 150,000 people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The state Department of Human …

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State Capitol Week in Review Oct 13

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague October 13, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The number of violent incidents in Arkansas prison units was above normal this past summer, causing the Department of Correction to initiate a three-part strategy to improve safety inside prison walls. The department will upgrade …

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State Capitol Week in Review Sept 29

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague September 29, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Correction Department houses 18,180 inmates. If it were a city, it would be the 24th largest in Arkansas, but the system is spread across the state in 19 prison units and several other …

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State Capitol Week in Review Sept 22

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague September 22, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Several Arkansas universities reported record enrollments this fall, while the size of the freshmen class at other institutions has gone down since last year. Each campus compiles official enrollment figures on its 11th day of …

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State Capitol Week in Review Sept 15

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague September 15, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made progress in placing foster children with relatives, bringing the state’s rate for family placements to the national average. Nationwide, 29 percent of foster children are placed with family members and in Arkansas …

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Gov Hutchinson Authorizes the Deployment of National Guardsmen to Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017 Gov. Hutchinson Authorizes the Deployment of 1,500 National Guardsmen to Texas to Assist in Recovery Efforts Deployment Could Last Up to 30 Days LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today authorized the deployment of 1,500 National Guardsmen from Arkansas to Texas to help in …

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