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State Capitol Week in Review Feb 17

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be …

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Maternity Leave Bill into Law

LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson today signed into law a bill to provide paid maternity leave to state workers. SB 125 was introduced by Senator Missy Irvin and Representative DeAnn Vaught. The bill provides for four weeks of paid maternity leave for state agency employees. Governor Hutchinson issued the …

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Arkansas House approves effort to limit medical pot ads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved legislation aimed at preventing kid-friendly advertising and packaging of medical marijuana, and may soon consider banning any pot ads altogether. The House on Friday approved by an 89-1 vote legislation that would require the state to limit medical marijuana’s advertising, …

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State Capitol Week in Review Feb 10

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 10, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Senate passed two bills to streamline state agencies and make them more efficient. Other bills are in the pipeline. Senate Bill 256 transfers the relatively small Arkansas Energy Office to the larger Department of …

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Arkansas House passes bill aimed at collecting Amazon taxes

The Arkansas House has approved legislation that’s aimed at recovering millions of dollars in tax revenue from Amazon and other online retailers that supporters say the state is missing out on each year. The House on Tuesday approved by a 54-26 vote to require out-of-state companies without a physical presence …

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Arkansas governor OKs tax cut on military retirement pay

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a bill giving a tax break to retired military veterans and imposing additional taxes on digital downloads, treats and unemployment benefits. The $13 million exemption is intended to boost economic development. Its supporters hope veterans retire in Arkansas to begin second careers and say …

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Arkansas House OKs requiring concealed handguns at colleges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has voted to require state colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, despite objections from administrators and police that the move won’t make schools safer. The House on Thursday approved by a 71-22 vote a proposal requiring the schools to …

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Arkansas governor tells agencies to brace for possible cuts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s asking several agencies to make contingency plans for potential budget cuts after finance officials announced the state’s net revenue had fallen $57 million below forecast. The Republican governor told reporters Thursday he’s asking for the plans as he watches …

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State Capitol Week in Review Feb 3

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 3, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After putting the finishing touches on a $50 million-a-year tax cut for low income families, lawmakers turned their focus to legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from the state income tax. About 657,000 Arkansas taxpayers …

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Arkansas governor signs $50 million tax cut into law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his $50 million plan to cut income taxes for thousands of low-income residents. The Republican governor on Wednesday signed into law bills outlining his proposal to cut taxes for more than 650,000 people making less than $21,000 …

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