89th General Assembly

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director

by Lee Hogan 4/1/2014 03:38 pm

Cheryl Smith, the former director of Utah's health insurance exchange, has been hired as the executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The nonprofit organization was created, and compelled to explore the creation of the state's own health insurance marketplace, by the Arkansas Legislature.

Moody's: Expanding Health Insurance 'Credit Positive' for Arkansas Hospitals

by Lance Turner 4/25/2013 10:09 am

A credit outlook report by Moody's Investor Service says the state Legislature's move to expand health insurance in Arkansas through the "private option" is good for the state's hospitals.

The Serenity of Acceptance (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/22/2013 12:00 am

I always thought it sheer madness for any Arkansas legislator to even entertain the thought of turning down hundreds of millions of federal dollars and refuse to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the poverty level. And yes, I'm saying that it is sheer madness for other states to do just that.

Arkansas Legislature Puts Big Issues to Rest

by Mark Carter 4/19/2013 12:00 am

The 89th General Assembly isn't sneaking quietly out the back door as it winds down the 2013 regular session.

Invest in Human Capital (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/15/2013 12:00 am

The lack of human capital is as detrimental to a business that wants to grow as the lack of financial capital. Employees sometimes think it's just cheerleader talk, but business executives know that people — the right people — really are the key to business success.

Put Your Name On It (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/8/2013 12:00 am

My “recent unpleasantness” — that's my euphemism for the fallout from my boneheaded stunt of releasing publicly the last legally acquired list of the state's concealed-carry licensees — has reinforced my disdain for people who operate in the shadow of anonymity.

Bill Would Help Appointed Judges on Ballots

by Mark Friedman 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Senate Bill 694 would allow judges who have been appointed and who have served at least a year to use the title of “judge” before their names on the ballot in an election for a judicial office. Now only incumbent elected judges are allowed to use the title when seeking re-election or election to another position.

Compromise: A Time Line (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Here's a date-by-date look at how Medicaid expansion perhaps came to Arkansas.

Legislative Roundup: Big River Steel Project Close to Final Approval

by Mark Carter 4/5/2013 09:05 am

The Arkansas Senate last week gave its official blessing to the proposed $1.1 billion steel mill that Gov. Mike Beebe and state economic development officials want to see on the banks of the Mississippi River just outside Osceola.

Michael Lamoureux Hopes to Reach Deal Soon on Tax Cuts

by Mark Carter 4/1/2013 12:00 am

In this Exec Q&A, we visit with state Sen. Michael Lamoureux, who talks about working with Gov. Mike Beebe, tax cuts and his thoughts on using incentives to lure "super projects."

The War on Information (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/1/2013 12:00 am

Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act, one of the first and best in the country for creating transparent government and holding government officials accountable, is under unprecedented attack.

Tax Cuts, Voter ID, Big River Steel on 'Arkansas Week'

by Lance Turner 3/18/2013 07:27 am

On "Arkansas Week," those $2 billion worth of looming tax cut bills Republicans are starting to run in the Legislature, more on the non-expansion expansion of Medicaid, voter ID, a bit on Big River Steel and battling budgets in Washington D.C.

Legislative Roundup: Lawmakers Set to Move Ahead With Steel Mill

by Mark Carter 3/15/2013 09:44 am

Arkansas lawmakers this week received reports from two consultants hired by the state to study the economic impact of the proposed $1 billion Big River Steel project in Mississippi County.

The New York Times Looks at Jason Rapert's Abortion Legislation

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 01:45 pm

In case you missed it, here's The New York Times taking a look on Monday at state Sen. Jason Rapert's abortion legislation, which the Arkansas Legislature approved six days ago.

Big River Steel Bills Ready for Next Step in Legislature

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 11:40 am

Arkansas legislators by Monday had filed at least 10 bills dealing with state incentives for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel manufacturing plant proposed for a site near Osceola (Mississippi County).

Let the Scalping Begin (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Ticket scalpers are merely selling a luxury item for which demand has outstripped limited supply. No children need go hungry; no parents are trapped in a spiral of inescapable debt; no employment is threatened by lack of transportation.

Legislative Roundup: House Committee Votes Down Increase to Minimum Wage

by Mark Carter 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Abortion and voter ID bills remained on the legislative front burner as well while lawmakers positioned themselves for the coming debate over Medicaid expansion.

Legislative Roundup: Minimum Wage Bill Would Raise Hourly Rate by $2

by Mark Carter 3/4/2013 12:00 am

Recent headlines notwithstanding, guns and abortion aren't the only topics being debated at the 89th General Assembly. This week, business owners will be watching a bill that would raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.25.

Our World In 2013 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/25/2013 12:00 am

There is nothing about the Legislature's decision to amend the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to conceal who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon that expands or otherwise protects the individual right to bear arms. No one new gets to legally own, carry or discharge firearms. The requirements for licensure aren't changed at all by this decision to slice off a little piece of the public's right to know.

Legislative Roundup: Guns Become Automatic Issue With General Assembly

by Mark Carter 2/25/2013 12:00 am

The 89th General Assembly has yet to finish writing its chapter in the big book of Arkansas state legislatures. But if Chapter 89 were printed this week, then surely “guns” would be in the title. Legislation devoted to guns dominated the action again last week.

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