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State Capitol Week in Review Jan 27

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague January 27, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – From 500 to 900 people with developmental disabilities will get home assistance from a funding measure approved by the legislature. The home services will allow them to live at home, rather than in an institution.  …

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Arkansas lawmakers approve governors $50M tax cut plan

Arkansas lawmakers have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $50 million low-income tax cut plan, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years. The proposal to cut taxes for more than 650,000 residents making less than $21,000 cleared the House Monday …

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State Bill Filed to Allow Volunteer Firefighters Free Hunting Fishing Licenses

A state legislator has filed a bill that would allow for the state’s volunteer firefighters to be eligible to receive free hunting and fishing licenses. A volunteer firefighter would have to “actively engage in fire suppression, rescue, pump operation and other firefighter activity,” receive less than $5,000 in compensation a …

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Arkansas lawmakers advance junk food ban for food stamps

Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to buy soda or junk food under a plan that’s heading to the state House for a vote. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal by Republican Rep. Mary Bentley of Perryville to prohibit using Supplemental …

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State Capitol Week in Review Jan 13

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague January 13, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas legislature convened the 2017 regular session with tax cuts, Medicaid and medical marijuana are at the top of its agenda. Also, legislators will consider a package of bills that would change the state’s …

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Arkansas panel must issue tax cut plans by fall 2018

Legislation detailing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $50 million tax cut plan calls for a task force looking at other tax code changes to issue its recommendations by September 2018. The top Republicans in the House and Senate filed identical bills Wednesday outlining Hutchinson’s proposal to reduce income taxes for those …

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Arkansas lawmakers endorse delay on medical pot launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a plan to delay the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program and a proposal removing a requirement that doctors recommending the drug say benefits outweigh its risk. The House Rules Committee endorsed a bill Wednesday to give state agencies until …

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Arkansas medical marijuana commission to allow 32 vendors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says it will allow 32 dispensaries to be evenly distributed among the state’s four congressional districts. The commission also set application and licensing fees for dispensaries Tuesday. The main source of medical marijuana in the state will be cultivation facilities. …

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Tax cuts and medical pot to dominate Arkansas session

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Divisions within the Republican Party over tax cuts and questions about the launch of the Bible Belt’s first medical marijuana program are expected to dominate the agenda when Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to start their 2017 session. When the 91st General …

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State Capitol Week in Review Jan 6

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague January 6, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas legislature opens the 2017 regular session with an encouraging revenue report to use as a guidepost for setting state fiscal policy. The report from the Finance and Administration Department shows that for the …

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