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State Capitol Week in Review August 18

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague August 18, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The state is in the process of contracting with private sector firms to operate the juvenile detention centers in Arkansas that are now being staffed by state employees. The centers have space for about 200 …

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Senator Larry Teague State Capitol Week in Review August 11

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague August 11, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Tourism continues to be an important part of the Arkansas economy, and tourism officials continue to adapt their marketing strategies to meet the changes and challenges of promoting the state in national markets. In the …

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State Capitol Week in Review August 4

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague August 4, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Many of the bills passed earlier this year took effect at the beginning of August, 90 days after the legislature officially ended the regular session on May 1. Of the new laws that affect public …

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Arkansas governor travels to Washington to talk health law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a meeting in Washington with other governors and Trump administration officials to discuss the health care overhaul was productive and that he’s encouraged there’s a commitment to include him and leaders from other states to find solutions to concerns with …

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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 Capitol Week in Review July 21

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague July 21, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6. Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption. However, if you buy …

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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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