89th General Assembly

AEDC Submits Big River Steel Package to Carter, Lamoureux

by Mark Carter 2/21/2013 12:54 pm

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission delivered to House and Senate leaders the letter of commitment signed by Big River Steel and the state.

AEDC Aims to Submit Big River Steel Package on Thursday

by Lance Turner and Mark Carter 2/19/2013 09:10 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission expects to submit its $125 million incentive package for the Big River Steel mill project to the Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, an AEDC spokesman said on Monday.

Time to Study Legislative Salaries (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/18/2013 12:00 am

It's time to address the issue of legislative compensation in Arkansas.

Legislative Agenda: Focus Remains on Guns, Abortion

by Mark Carter 2/18/2013 12:00 am

Guns and abortions were featured items on the legislative agenda again last week at the 89th General Assembly, but Arkansas lawmakers ventured into other areas as well.

House Judiciary Committee Approves Lethal Injection Bill

by Jeannie Nuss 2/15/2013 07:49 am

Arkansas is one step closer to resuming executions after a legislative panel on Thursday approved a proposal to rewrite a lethal injection law that the state's top court struck down last year.

The Best of Today's #ARLegValentines

by Lance Turner 2/14/2013 10:25 am

Celebrating the very best of today's coolest Twitter hashtag, #ARLegValentines, starring AP reporter @ADeMillo and members of Arkansas' 89th General Assembly.

Economist Stephen Moore: Arkansas Should Drop Income Tax

by Mark Carter 2/8/2013 09:16 am

Noted economist and Wall Street Journal columnist Stephen Moore was in Little Rock Thursday urging Republican lawmakers to work toward eliminating the state's income tax.

State Senate Approves Changes in Arkansas Death Penalty Law

by Lance Turner 2/7/2013 10:48 am

The state Senate has approved a bill that its sponsors claim will overcome the state Supreme Court's concerns about how Arkansas executes prisoners.

Notes From Wednesday's House Meeting on Big River Steel

by Mark Carter 2/7/2013 10:16 am

Wednesday's Arkansas House "committee as a whole" meeting on the proposed Big River Steel project in Mississippi County took on a Groundhog Day vibe.

Notes from Today's Senate Meeting on Big River Steel

by Lance Turner 2/4/2013 04:46 pm

The Arkansas Senate conducted a “committee of the whole” session today to quiz Gov. Mike Beebe, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille, and other parties involved in the $1.1 billion Big River Steel deal.

Legislative Roundup: Gun, Abortion Issues Dominate Session

by Mark Carter 2/4/2013 12:00 am

The 89th General Assembly is living up to its new Republican vibe, advancing legislation last week that would make it possible to carry guns into certain churches and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Death Penalty Opponents Seek Its Abolition in Arkansas

by Jeannie Nuss 1/30/2013 03:38 pm

Death penalty opponents called on Arkansas lawmakers Wednesday to abolish capital punishment after Gov. Mike Beebe said earlier this month that he would sign legislation outlawing the punishment if it were to reach his desk.

Big River Steel Announces $1.1B Mill for Osceola, Will Employ 525

by Mark Carter and Lance Turner 1/29/2013 11:03 am

Big River Steel LLC and Gov. Mike Beebe announce for the company to build a $1.1 billion steel mill in Osceola (Mississippi County) that will directly employ 525 people with annual average compensation of $75,000 a year.

Arkansas Legislature Enters Week 2 With Guns Blazing

by Mark Carter 1/28/2013 12:00 am

Sen. Bryan King's bill to allow concealed-carry permit holders to “carry” in churches that OK the practice advanced out of committee, as did a resolution urging the federal government not to mess with the Second Amendment.

More Execution Legislation To Be filed in Arkansas

by Jeannie Nuss 1/22/2013 07:35 am

More execution legislation is expected to crop up in the coming weeks as policymakers and lawmakers try to come up with a new lethal injection law after the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the one on the books last year.

Legislative Roundup: Session's First Week Is Light; Medicaid Looms

by Mark Carter 1/21/2013 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and the state's first Republican-controlled Legislature since the 1870s presided over a period of mostly settling in as the 89th General Assembly convened last week.

We Just Have to Say Yes on Medicaid (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/21/2013 12:00 am

In his “State of the State” address last week, Gov. Mike Beebe made a clear and logical appeal for expanding Medicaid as contemplated under Obamacare.

Arkansas Lawmakers Seek More Details on Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo 1/17/2013 04:39 pm

Arkansas legislative leaders said Thursday that they need more information about the flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid and better figures on how much of a shortfall the program faces.

Mike Beebe Says He'd Sign Bill Outlawing Death Penalty

by Andrew DeMillo 1/16/2013 03:09 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe says he would sign legislation outlawing Arkansas' death penalty — but a spokesman says the governor won't make it a part of his legislative package for this year's session.

State Lawmakers Reject Raises for Judges, Prosecutors

by Andrew DeMillo 1/16/2013 02:09 pm

A legislative committee has recommended keeping salaries flat for the state's elected officials, stripping a proposed pay hike for judges and prosecutors from a budget bill.