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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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Arkansas House votes to keep primary in March

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has voted to permanently move the state’s primary from May to March, but the idea faces an uphill battle in the Senate where the move has already been rejected. The bill approved by the House by a 73-10 vote would move the …

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Medical marijuana smoking ban bill passed in Arkansas House

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved legislation to ban the smoking of medical marijuana in places where tobacco smoking is also prohibited. Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum’s bill advanced out of the House on an 88-0 vote Friday and now goes to the state Senate for consideration. …

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Arkansas House wants to increase speed limit to 75 mph

Arkansas drivers could soon reach their destinations a little faster. The Arkansas House has approved a bill directing the state Highway Commission to raise the speed limit on controlled-access highways to 75 mph. The current limit is 70 mph. Trucks would have to operate at speeds 5 mph less than …

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