Government & Politics Archive

Stop Messing With SNAP (Tamara Bates Feedback)

by Tamara Bates 3/23/2015 12:00 am

As an American, I am frustrated that Congress continues its assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty.

Rate of Uninsured Americans Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The rate of Americans without insurance has fallen to 13.2 percent as of March 4, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced last week.

Arkansas House Passes Two Bills Regulating Adoptions

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 3/20/2015 03:36 pm

An Arkansas lawmaker who gave away his adopted daughters to a man who later sexually assaulted one of them voted Friday to make such transfers a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Environmentalist Calls for Strict Oversight of Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Rob Moritz 3/20/2015 03:29 pm

Environmentalists must be vocal in their opposition to a hog farm near the Buffalo National River watershed because it's not only a potential threat to the pristine waterway but also the economy of the region, the chairman of the Pulaski County Ozark Society said Friday.

Arkansas House Committee Adjourns During Lee Holiday Debate

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 12:18 pm

The Arkansas legislative battle to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday came to an abrupt end Friday because too many lawmakers left the room.

Fracking: US Tightens Rules for Chemical Disclosure

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 11:54 am

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Arkansas House Advances Bills to Regulate Adoptions

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 11:46 am

The Arkansas House has endorsed a pair of bills to regulate the transfer of adopted children to unrelated families. The measures were filed after a legislator gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually assaulting one of them.

Gabe Holmstrom to Lead Downtown Little Rock Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 08:59 am

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership on Friday announced Gabe Holmstrom as its new executive director.

Arkansas House Committee to Reconsider King, Lee Holiday

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 07:56 am

An Arkansas House panel is scheduled to consider a second attempt to end the state's joint celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Asa Hutchinson Meets with Small Business Owners

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 03:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson met with a group of small business owners to talk about how government should work alongside the private sector and take questions from the crowd.

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Say No Amendments Planned

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 12:53 pm

Arkansas legislative leaders say they don't expect to refer any proposed amendments to the state's constitution to voters next year.

Capital Gains Tax Break Passes Arkansas House Committee

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 10:50 am

Some Arkansas lawmakers are trying to restore a 2013 capital gains tax break that had been scaled back to help pay for a middle class income tax cut earlier this year.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds State's Lethal Injection Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 10:32 am

Arkansas' highest court on Thursday upheld the state's lethal injection law as constitutional, removing a major roadblock to resuming executions that have been effectively on hold in the state for nearly a decade.

Civil Jury Awards $122.5M to West Memphis Doctor Maimed by Car Bomb

by Gwen Moritz 3/19/2015 09:48 am

A Crittenden County jury on Tuesday ordered Randeep Mann to pay $17.5 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages for the 2009 car bombing that gravely injured Dr. Trent Pierce, then chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Arkansas House Supports Frank Broyles Publicity Bill

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 06:46 am

The Arkansas House has endorsed the creation of a publicity rights law backed by the family of Razorbacks legend Frank Broyles.

Arkansas House Members to Consider Adoption Regulations

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 06:44 am

Arkansas House members are scheduled to consider a pair of bills to regulate the transfer of adopted children to unrelated families.

US Fed Cuts Forecast for Unemployment Rate Over Long Run

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 03:34 pm

The Federal Reserve forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate can now fall further without spurring inflation, a sign that it may move slowly in raising interest rates.

Arkansas House Panel Seeks to Outlaw Lying to Legislators

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 03:03 pm

The House Rules Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to the full House. It would make it a class A misdemeanor to lie while testifying before a legislative committee.

Bill Advances That Would Enable Congressional Candidates to Run for Re-election, White House in 2020

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 02:26 pm

Arkansas' freshman senator who wrote a letter to Iran's leaders during nuclear negotiations could seek re-election and the White House in 2020 under a bill endorsed by a state House committee.

Arkansas Effort to End Common Core-linked Test Fails

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 02:00 pm

A Senate panel has voted to prevent the state from renewing its contract with a Common Core-linked test for more than a year after a proposal to scrap the assessment entirely failed.