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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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Arkansas bill to ban local minimum wage hikes fails

An effort to prevent cities and counties from raising the minimum wage higher than the state or federal rate has failed in the Arkansas Senate. The Senate voted 14-10 in favor of the bill by Republican Sen. Bart Hester to prevent local governments from requiring business to pay workers a …

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Proposed Arkansas highway funding plan includes fuel tax

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas House committee has approved and sent to the full House bills intended to fund highway construction, maintenance and improvements and to raise the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by 6.5 percent to pay for the bonds. If eventually approved by the Legislature, …

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Arkansas governor seeks new restrictions on Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to add a work requirement to Arkansas’ hybrid Medicaid expansion and to lower its eligibility cap, which would add new restrictions to the program even as the future of the federal health overhaul remains unclear. The Republican governor on Monday detailed …

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Effort to reinstate voter ID falls short in Arkansas Senate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An effort to revive an Arkansas voter ID law that was struck down by the state’s highest court has failed to pass the state Senate. The Senate voted 20-8 in favor of the bill requiring voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot, short …

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Arkansas lawmakers consider civics test for students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the state’s high school students to pass the U.S. naturalization test in order to receive their diploma. The bill passed by the House on Wednesday and sent to the state Senate requires students to correctly …

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