Home / Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

Arkansas lawmakers consider civics test for students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the state’s high school students to pass the U.S. naturalization test in order to receive their diploma. The bill passed by the House on Wednesday and sent to the state Senate requires students to correctly …

Read More »

Arkansas now has an official dinosaur

It’s a designation more than 65 million years in the making. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a resolution designating the Arkansaurus fridayi as the state’s official dinosaur. The move makes Arkansas the 10th state to have its own official dinosaur. The dinosaur was first discovered in a gravel pit …

Read More »

Arkansas lawmaker adds affidavit option to voter ID bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A Republican legislator who wants to reinstate Arkansas’ voter ID law has proposed adding a way for people who don’t show identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a statement. But opponents of law say the change doesn’t erase their concerns that the …

Read More »

State Capitol Week in Review Feb 17

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be …

Read More »

Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Maternity Leave Bill into Law

LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson today signed into law a bill to provide paid maternity leave to state workers. SB 125 was introduced by Senator Missy Irvin and Representative DeAnn Vaught. The bill provides for four weeks of paid maternity leave for state agency employees. Governor Hutchinson issued the …

Read More »

Arkansas House approves effort to limit medical pot ads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved legislation aimed at preventing kid-friendly advertising and packaging of medical marijuana, and may soon consider banning any pot ads altogether. The House on Friday approved by an 89-1 vote legislation that would require the state to limit medical marijuana’s advertising, …

Read More »

State Capitol Week in Review Feb 10

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 10, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Senate passed two bills to streamline state agencies and make them more efficient. Other bills are in the pipeline. Senate Bill 256 transfers the relatively small Arkansas Energy Office to the larger Department of …

Read More »

Arkansas House passes bill aimed at collecting Amazon taxes

The Arkansas House has approved legislation that’s aimed at recovering millions of dollars in tax revenue from Amazon and other online retailers that supporters say the state is missing out on each year. The House on Tuesday approved by a 54-26 vote to require out-of-state companies without a physical presence …

Read More »

Arkansas governor OKs tax cut on military retirement pay

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a bill giving a tax break to retired military veterans and imposing additional taxes on digital downloads, treats and unemployment benefits. The $13 million exemption is intended to boost economic development. Its supporters hope veterans retire in Arkansas to begin second careers and say …

Read More »

Arkansas House OKs requiring concealed handguns at colleges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has voted to require state colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, despite objections from administrators and police that the move won’t make schools safer. The House on Thursday approved by a 71-22 vote a proposal requiring the schools to …

Read More »