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State Capitol Week in Review April 21

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 21, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature approved a very conservative budget for state agencies next fiscal year. One of the few agencies that will get a significant increase in spending authority is the Division of Children and Family Services, …

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State Capitol Week in Review April 7

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 7, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – On the last full day of the 2017 legislative session, the Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would have required that a majority interest in medical marijuana facilities be owned by people who have been …

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Arkansas Legislature OKs budget

Arkansas legislators have wrapped up the bulk of their work for the 2017 regular session. They’ll come back in early May to tie up loose ends, and it is expected that they’ll also have a special session in May to deal with changes in the state Medicaid program. Before leaving, …

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State Capitol Week in Review March 31

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague March 31, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – In the final days of the 2017 regular session, legislators completed work on balanced budgets for state agencies, prison units, public schools and higher education. The Arkansas balanced budget law is called the Revenue Stabilization Act …

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Arkansas lawmakers vote to keep hybrid Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Lawmakers have voted to keep Arkansas’ hybrid Medicaid expansion for another year as the state’s governor prepares to seek federal approval to add new limits to the program. The House voted 77-13 on Thursday and approved the state’s Medicaid budget, which includes the hybrid expansion. …

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Arkansas governor confident Congress will revisit health law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he believes Congress will ultimately agree on a replacement for the federal health overhaul despite House Republicans failing to dismantle the law. The Republican governor said Friday he has no doubt Congress will revisit the issue, but said he’ll move …

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State Capitol Week in Review March 24 Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague March 24, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – As the General Assembly approaches the final days of this year’s regular session,  lawmakers approved bills affecting public and private education, criminal justice, prisons, election procedures, campaign finance and unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 647 is …

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Arkansas to reconsider letting guns in stadiums and arenas

By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers will consider exempting college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed. The Arkansas Senate was expected to take up a proposal Thursday to add the exemption to a new state …

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Campus Carry Bill Signed into Law

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed House Bill 1249 into law, the Campus Carry Bill allows people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, bars, and other public places.  Hutchinson on Wednesday said the measure allows someone to carry concealed guns at the new locations if they undergo up to …

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Arkansas recreational marijuana proposal is rejected

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state. In an opinion dated Tuesday and released Wednesday, Rutledge said the ballot title of the proposal is ambiguous and “that a number of additions or changes” are needed …

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