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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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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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State Capitol Week in Review Dec 30

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague December 30, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – When the 91st General Assembly convenes on January 9, lawmakers will quickly take up fiscal policy because the outcome of many proposed bills will depend on how much money is available. That means one of …

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Making sense of the 2017 Arkansas Legislative session

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture Fast facts: -Next regular session of the Legislature begins at noon, Jan. 9 – Online bill tracking, social media help follow progress LITTLE ROCK — A flurry of new state laws will be proposed in January as Arkansas representatives and senators …

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