Government & Politics Archive

Governor Signs Pharmacy Benefit Manager Bill into Law

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2018 10:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law a bill that requires pharmacy benefit managers to be licensed by the state. The Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act requires licensure of any PBM that services any insurance plans that are not self-funded by employers.

ATU Announces New Government Relations Head

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2018 08:37 am

Ashley Golleher took office as director of government relations at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on March 1.

Hog Farm Bill Poised for Passage at Arkansas Legislature

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/15/2018 06:55 am

The Arkansas House and Senate approved identical bills Wednesday that would make it harder to perpetuate complaints against farms that need permits to retain then dispose of liquid animal waste.

Judge Puts Brakes on Licenses for Marijuana Growers

by Lance Turner 3/14/2018 02:33 pm

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Arkansas Marijuana Commission from officially issuing cultivation licenses.

Arkansas House Approves Pharmacy Manager Bill

by Associated Press 3/14/2018 01:26 pm

The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, prompted by complaints from pharmacists about a cut in reimbursements they saw earlier this year.

UPDATE: Davis Beats Bailey for GOP Senate District 16 Nomination

by Associated Press 3/14/2018 09:30 am

Republicans voting in the special state Senate District 16 primary have nominated analytics firm account executive Breanne Davis as the GOP standard-bearer.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Regulation of Pharmacy Managers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/13/2018 04:32 pm

An Arkansas House panel advanced a proposal Tuesday to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, as lawmakers began a special session focused primarily on addressing a cut in reimbursements rates pharmacists have seen.

State Lawmakers Advance Bills on College Savings, Bank Loans to Farmers

by Associated Press 3/13/2018 11:49 am

A panel of the Arkansas House has approved a bill imposing limits on how and when people can raise challenges to farms that hold special permits to discharge liquid animal waste.

FBI: Rusty Cranford Tried to Hire Hit Man

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2018 11:33 am

Rusty Cranford, a former Arkansas lobbyist, was recorded trying to hire someone to murder a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case in Missouri, according to prosecutors.

New Arkansas Mandate Would Increase Drug Costs for Employers, Consumers (Mark Merritt Commentary)

by Mark Merritt 3/13/2018 10:21 am

This week, the Arkansas Legislature is considering a new mandate forcing employers and government health plans to pay more for prescription drugs.

SPONSORED: Sports Parks Energize Local Economies

by 3/13/2018 08:00 am

If the proper factors are considered, new facilities can boost sports tourism in a community and provide new sources of revenues.

Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado to Lead Arkansas House in 2019

by Associated Press 3/13/2018 07:04 am

Members of the Arkansas House have elected a Republican representative from El Dorado to lead the chamber in 2019.

Kansas Lawmakers Pass Bill Aimed at Luring Big Chicken Plant

by Associated Press 3/13/2018 07:01 am

Kansas lawmakers approved legislation Monday aimed at attracting large chicken-processing plants to their state, six months after opposition in one Kansas City-area town stymied a $320 million project.

Arkansas Legislators Adjourn But Will Be Back Today

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/13/2018 06:57 am

The Arkansas Legislature ended its 2018 session Monday but will return to the state Capitol on Tuesday to address concerns over pharmacy benefit managers and to tweak laws that could pinch off some federal highway funding.

China Shrinks Steel Industry Slowly, Drawing Western Ire

by Associated Press 3/12/2018 11:44 am

China's steel mills, a target of U.S. President Donald Trump's ire, are their industry's 800-pound gorilla: They supply half of the world's output, so every move they make has a global impact.

Hutchinson Announces Appointments to School Safety Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2018 11:31 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces appointments to the Arkansas School Safety Commission, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

Arkansas' January Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2018 10:02 am

Arkansas' January unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.

Arkansas Medicaid Plan Avoids Shutdown Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/12/2018 06:48 am

Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol.

Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers

by Gwen Moritz 3/12/2018 12:00 am

A special legislative session starting Tuesday is expected to result in deep-red Arkansas becoming the first state to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers.

Arkansas Parks & Tourism Lodges Highlight Mountains & Lakes

by George Waldon 3/12/2018 12:00 am

The big five money-makers in state parks last year were cabin rentals, more than $5.2 million; camping, $4.8 million; restaurants, more than $4.7 million; lodges, nearly $4.6 million; and gift shops, almost $3.2 million.