Government & Politics Archive

Bill Would Regulate Grain Traders

by Mark Friedman 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas legislators are working to get a bill ready that would regulate grain traders, said state Sen. Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne.

Drip, Drip, Drip (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/16/2015 12:00 am

People again are chipping away at Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act. Does that mean that the Legislature is in session? Why, yes. Yes, it does.

Power Technology Receives $100k from ASTA to Develop Laser Projection System

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2015 03:12 pm

Power Technology Inc. of Alexander has developed a laser projection technology called Illumina that it believes can replace traditional movie projection systems. The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 in the technology.

Arkansas House Supports Religion, Anti-Discrimination Bills

by Associated Press 2/13/2015 02:03 pm

A pair of bills that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians have passed the Arkansas House.

Happy #ARLEGValentines Day!

by Lance Turner 2/13/2015 08:20 am

It's that time of the year again. Here's a sample of the some today's #ARLEGValentines.

Arkansas House Panel Endorses Hair Braiding Bill

by Associated Press 2/12/2015 11:07 am

An Arkansas House committee has endorsed a bill where African-style hair braiders would be exempt from state cosmetology laws.

Asa Hutchinson Appoints Niel Crowson of Jonesboro to ASU Board of Trustees

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2015 11:01 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Niel Crowson of Jonesboro to a five-year term on the ASU Board of Trustees.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rose to 304,000 Last Week

by Associated Press 2/12/2015 07:45 am

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.

Prosecutors: NLR Man Defrauded Arkansas Food Program

by Associated Press 2/12/2015 07:12 am

Federal prosecutors say a North Little Rock man defrauded a food program set up to provide meals to poor children.

Arkansas House Panel Oks Anti-Discrimination Expansion Ban

by Associated Press 2/11/2015 12:41 pm

Local governments would no longer be able to enact their own anti-discrimination laws under a proposal endorsed by an Arkansas House committee.

Bill Removing Robert E. Lee From Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Rejected Again

by Associated Press 2/11/2015 11:27 am

A proposal to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day has failed again before a legislative committee.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin to Lead Common Core Task Force

by Associated Press 2/11/2015 11:16 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will lead a task force that will study the state's Common Core education standards. Hutchinson said Wednesday that he will name all 16 members of the panel, selecting them from among educators, parents, business leaders and students.

Proposal Would Reinstate Arkansas' Voter ID Requirement

by Associated Press 2/11/2015 09:43 am

An Arkansas lawmaker wants to ask voters next year to reinstate a voter ID requirement that the state Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Five Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 04:32 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday announced appointments to the State Police Commission, the State Parks Commission, the Real Estate Commission, and also named two special associate justices to the state Supreme Court.

Edmond Waters Named Commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 04:04 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson names Edmond Waters as commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department. He also appointed leaders for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Leslie Rutledge Names Sarah Tacker to AG's Public Protection Post

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 01:35 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Tuesday the hiring of Sarah Page Tacker of Conway as deputy attorney general for public protection.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Bill to Abolish Lottery Commission

by Lance Turner 2/10/2015 01:14 pm

A proposal to abolish the independent commission running Arkansas' lottery and put the games under a state agency's control is heading to the Senate for a vote.

University of Arkansas Touts $1.2B Economic Impact in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 10:56 am

The University of Arkansas released a report Tuesday that says the university has an economic impact on "state and local economies" of $1.2 billion, up 66 percent from the previous year.

U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

by Associated Press 2/10/2015 10:10 am

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

Arkansas Senate OK Bills on Arming Teachers, Staff

by Associated Press 2/10/2015 07:18 am

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts in the past.