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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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Arkansas House OKs changing higher education funding plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved a bill to tie higher education funding to student progress. The bill uses a “performance-based” model to set funding at state colleges and universities and was on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s agenda for this year’s legislative session. He said he would …

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Arkansas lawmakers OK income tax break on veterans benefits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved a tax break for military veterans after the measure drew objections from conservatives over a plan to raise taxes on soda, digital downloads and unemployment benefits to pay for the exemption. The bill approved by the House Monday on a …

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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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