Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Senate OKs Amendment Asking Voters to Limit Damages

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 07:37 am

A plan to ask Arkansas voters to limit damages awarded in lawsuits and give the Legislature control over court rules was approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite criticism from opponents who call the move an attempt by lawmakers to take over the judicial system.

Arkansas Senate Adds Training Requirement to Campus-Gun Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 07:35 am

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require college and university employees who want to carry concealed handguns on campus to first undergo additional training, prompting a Republican lawmaker to expand the campus-carry proposal to allow some students and visitors to participate.

Mathis, Arnold Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2017 07:00 am

Rusty Mathis of Ben E. Keith Foods and Betsy Broyles Arnold of the Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation win executive of the year awards at the 29th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

InVeritas CEO Announces Jury Selection Service Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2017 10:12 am

A new firm is taking a data-driven approach to jury selection and litigation support in an effort to better engineer successful courtroom outcomes.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Draws Criticism

by Sarah Campbell 2/16/2017 10:10 am

A bill filed Tuesday that "concerns gender identity and bathroom privileges" has already been rebuked by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Arkansas House Approves Cuts to Unemployment Benefits

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/16/2017 07:10 am

A bill that would decrease the number of weeks laid-off employees could receive unemployment benefits passed in the House 62-26 on Wednesday.

Governor's ArFuture Grant Proposal Fails in Committee

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/16/2017 07:03 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to create a grant that would pay for tuition and fees for students at Arkansas community or technical colleges failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a 4-4 vote Wednesday

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Bill Requiring Colleges to Allow Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/16/2017 06:55 am

An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, rejecting a proposal to make employees who want to be armed undergo additional training.

State Seeks Pricing in New Bids for Tourism Ad Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/15/2017 04:52 pm

The state reopened the bidding process on its largest advertising contract Wednesday afternoon, seeking pricing information from ad agencies hoping to land a $14 million-a-year pact for marketing Arkansas tourism and the state parks system.

US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years

by Associated Press 2/15/2017 11:04 am

U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2017 09:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on announces appointments to boards and commissions.

Arkansas GOP Lawmakers Work on Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/15/2017 06:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're working on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, despite warnings from the Republican governor that such a measure isn't needed and could harm the state.

House Panel Rejects Effort to Collect Online Taxes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2017 04:14 pm

An effort to collect sales taxes in Arkansas from online retailers has failed before a House committee, days after Amazon announced it would begin collecting taxes on purchases in the state.

Former Wrestling Exec Linda McMahon Confirmed to Lead SBA

by Associated Press 2/14/2017 10:44 am

The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

New Bill Would Earmark Amazon Sales Tax for More Cuts

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/14/2017 06:51 am

Last week, Amazon announced it planned to voluntarily collect sales tax in Arkansas starting in March. Now, a bill filed in the House seeks to dedicate that revenue to reducing income tax.

Mike Beebe to Give Keynote at 2nd 'Under 40 Forum'

by Lydia McAllister 2/13/2017 07:00 am

Former Gov. Mike Beebe will be the keynote speaker for the second Under 40 Forum, scheduled for March 2-3 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton.

Pro-Trump Arkansas Resists Anti-Sanctuary Bill (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/13/2017 06:50 am

A legislative panel's rejection of an effort to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary campuses shows resistance by lawmakers to fully embrace the president's immigration rhetoric, even in a solidly red state.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 29th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Arkansas Nonprofit News Network Aiming for Impact

by Kyle Massey 2/13/2017 12:00 am

In an era when “fake news” is a rallying cry and the Trump administration is attacking the press as a “failing” opposition party, Lindsay Millar has launched the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network as a “nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans.”

The Short-Termism of Protectionism (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/13/2017 12:00 am

BlackRock Inc. has more than $5 trillion to invest, so when Larry Fink talks, corporations at least hear him out.