89th General Assembly

Davy Carter Sends Abortion Bill Back to Committee

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/19/2013 01:31 pm

House Speaker Davy Carter says he's sending a proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas at 12 weeks of pregnancy back to a committee after Democrats complained it was approved improperly.

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.

Arkansas Senate Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2013 02:15 pm

The Arkansas Senate has passed legislation that would ban most abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

Veto Fight Might Loom Between Mike Beebe, Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2013 07:25 am

As a veteran legislator and two-term Democratic governor who has used the veto sparingly, Mike Beebe has spoken out against several GOP measures but won't say whether he'll veto them if they reach his desk.

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.

Medicaid Takes a Back Seat In the 89th General Assembly (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2013 05:08 pm

What happened to the Medicaid session? Despite all the talk before lawmakers gathered at the Arkansas Capitol that Medicaid's finances and future would overshadow just about every other issue, there's been scant attention paid to the $5 billion program and efforts to expand it under the federal health care law

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.

Arkansas House Panel Passes Lottery Scholarship Change

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 2/13/2013 03:38 pm

The House Rules Committee votes to create a tiered structure of awards for students that starts at $2,000 for freshmen at four-year colleges. The award would increase by $1,000 each year, capping at $5,000 for seniors.

Arkansas Panel Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/13/2013 12:11 pm

A Senate panel has advanced legislation banning most abortions in Arkansas at 20 weeks into a pregnancy after the lawmaker proposing the ban added exemptions for rape and incest.

Arkansas House Panel Approves Cap on Government Growth

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 2/12/2013 03:57 pm

An Arkansas House committee has advanced a Republican proposal to set a cap on how much the state's government can grow each year.

Arkansas Panel Advances Proposal for Guns on Campus

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2013 11:19 am

A House panel has advanced legislation that would allow faculty and staff at Arkansas' colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns.

Mike Beebe: Don't Delay Medicaid Vote Until Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/11/2013 01:45 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's opposed to delaying a vote on expanding Medicaid's eligibility until next year's session, but says he won't rush lawmakers on when to consider the issue. Beebe says he faces an uphill fight in getting the three-fourths vote needed for expansion to pass.

Arkansas Black Caucus Concerned About Hiring Plans for Big River Steel

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 2/11/2013 01:43 pm

Members of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus say they're concerned that the governor's proposal to provide millions of dollars in state funding to help bring a large steel mill to the state doesn't include a requirement that the company hire African-American workers.

Potential Rewards Big for Big River Steel Mill, But Risks Remain

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 2/10/2013 05:46 pm

The planned $1.1 billion steel mill in Osceola carries the promise of a long-term economic boost for northeast Arkansas, but investors — including the state — face a number of risks.

Jason Rapert's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Tests Mike Beebe, Democrats (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2013 05:40 pm

The push for a ban on abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy is testing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's willingness to fight a Republican majority in the Arkansas Legislature on an issue that deeply divides members of his own party.

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Competing Tort Reform Ideas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2013 05:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers are weighing competing ballot measures to address rulings that overturned parts of a 2003 tort reform law, including a proposal to give the Legislature the authority to write the rules and practices for the state's courts.

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.