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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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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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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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Arkansas lawmaker says Modifications eyed for Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The top Republican in Arkansas’ Senate says he expects lawmakers to begin modifying the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion even before the future of the federal health law that enabled the expanded insurance program is settled in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren told reporters Wednesday …

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