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State Capitol Week in Review July 14

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague July 14, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Last year 384 Arkansas residents died from an overdose of prescription painkillers. That is an increase of one person over the previous year, when 383 people died from an overdose of opioid pain medication. In …

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State Capitol Week in Review June 30

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 30, 2017 LITTLE ROCK –The Arkansas lottery is on track to raising more than $80 million for college scholarships in Fiscal Year 2017. When this year’s total amounts are counted, they may not quite equal the amount generated last year. …

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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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State Capitol Week in Review June 23

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 23, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Senate and House Education Committees have begun work on the next adequacy determination for public schools. Funding levels for this year and next year have already been set, which means that the legislative adequacy …

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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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State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague June 2

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 2, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Two important deadlines are approaching for students seeking financial aid to attend a state-supported college or university. June 15 is the deadline to apply for the popular Academic Challenge Scholarships, which are funded by the …

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State Capitol Week in Review May 15

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 15, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Acts 78 and 79 of 2017 created the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. The leaders of the Senate and House have appointed the panel’s membership. There will be eight senators and eight …

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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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State Capitol Week in Review Senator Larry Teague May 5

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 5, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed a three-day special session after approving the governor’s proposal to limit eligibility in the Arkansas Works health coverage program. Senate Bill 3 would reduce income limits for eligibility in Arkansas Works, which …

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