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Legislative Updates

New State Laws Go into Effect

Several new state laws go into effect today, passed by the Arkansas General Assembly earlier this year. A first offense for texting while driving will go from a warning to a fine of up to $250. The law also clarifies that using Facebook or other social media counts as texting. …

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Gov Hutchinson Applauds Low Health Insurance Rate Requests

Requests for increases in health insurance rates for 2018 in Arkansas are among the lowest in the United States thanks to broad-based participation in the individual marketplace, largely driven by the Arkansas Works program, Governor Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday in reaction to a report from Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr. …

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State Panel Approves 2 Percent Raise For Elected Officials

An Arkansas panel Tuesday approved a 2 percent raise for the state’s top elected officials but excluded the lieutenant governor after he said he didn’t want the bump in pay. The Independent Citizens Commission voted 4-0 to the raise the salaries of the state’s other constitutional officers, legislators, judges and …

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Arkansas governor hopes panel will look at online tax issue

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes a task force that will recommend changes to Arkansas’ tax code will also look at a proposal that failed in this year’s legislative session to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes. Hutchinson told the Arkansas Municipal League on Thursday that …

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Arkansas panel votes to take highway funding plan to voters

The Arkansas Highway Commission has decided to seek a ballot measure to increase money for state roads next year after lawmakers refused to send voters a proposal that would have raised $200 million a year. The panel voted Wednesday to pursue putting a proposal on next year’s ballot to increase …

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Special Session Legislation Signed into law

The Governor has now signed into law several pieces of legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2017. The session was called to address health care, the state’s long term reserve fund, and to make technical corrections. Act 3 directs the Department of Human Services …

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Arkansas governor signs new Medicaid plan restrictions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a plan to scale back the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion that would move 60,000 people off the program and impose a work requirement on some remaining participants. Hutchinson’s office said Thursday he signed into law legislation allowing …

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Arkansas to cut 43M from upcoming year’s budget

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas is cutting its budget for the coming fiscal year by $43 million, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered reductions in this year’s funding for state agencies. The state Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday lowered its forecast for the state’s revenue for the …

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Bills would remove 60000 from Arkansas Medicaid program

Little Rock- AP Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to moving 60,000 people off the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion program and to impose a work requirement on its participants. The House on Tuesday voted 71-23 for the new restrictions by a 71-23, while the Senate approved an identical measure by …

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Arkansas governor calls for special session

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson has called for a special legislative session so Arkansas lawmakers can address several issues, including changes to the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion. Hutchinson has called for the session to convene at 2 p.m. May 1. The state Department of Human Services says …

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