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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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State Capitol Week in Review March 10

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague March 10, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that will give law enforcement authorities effective new tools to deal with people going through mental health crises. Act 423 of 2017 will establish three regional Mental …

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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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State Capitol Week in Review March 3

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague March 3, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – Soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard who are students at state-supported colleges and universities will have their tuition paid for, under legislation passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 278 has several purposes. First …

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State Capitol Week in Review- Feb 24

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 24, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – A Senate committee has advanced legislation that requires voters to present a photo ID before they can cast a ballot. Under House Bill 1047, numerous types of identification are acceptable. They include drivers’ licenses, military …

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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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Arkansas now has an official dinosaur

It’s a designation more than 65 million years in the making. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a resolution designating the Arkansaurus fridayi as the state’s official dinosaur. The move makes Arkansas the 10th state to have its own official dinosaur. The dinosaur was first discovered in a gravel pit …

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Arkansas lawmaker adds affidavit option to voter ID bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A Republican legislator who wants to reinstate Arkansas’ voter ID law has proposed adding a way for people who don’t show identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a statement. But opponents of law say the change doesn’t erase their concerns that the …

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