Tagged: 89th general assembly

Arkansas Senate Panel Rejects Joyce Elliott's Immigrant Tuition Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2013 11:15 am

A proposal aimed at allowing Arkansas colleges and universities to extend in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the country illegally has failed before a state Senate committee.

Arkansas Senate Backs Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2013 07:35 am

Abortion providers and entities that perform abortion referrals would be unable to receive most government grants in Arkansas under a bill approved by the state Senate on Tuesday, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.

Arkansas House Panel OKs 'Private Option' Bill

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 03:14 pm

A proposal to have Arkansas use federal Medicaid funds to subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents won approval from a state House committee on Tuesday, but the plan faced opposition from Republicans as it moved toward a vote in the full chamber.

Arkansas Senate OKs Unemployment Drug Testing, Benefit Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 07:15 am

The 85,000 Arkansas residents receiving unemployment benefits could see their payments drop and would have to submit to random drug testing under a pair of bills the Republican-controlled state Senate approved Monday, which Democrats criticized as unfair to those seeking work.

Put Your Name On It (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/8/2013 12:00 am

My “recent unpleasantness” — that's my euphemism for the fallout from my boneheaded stunt of releasing publicly the last legally acquired list of the state's concealed-carry licensees — has reinforced my disdain for people who operate in the shadow of anonymity.

Bill Would Help Appointed Judges on Ballots

by Mark Friedman 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Senate Bill 694 would allow judges who have been appointed and who have served at least a year to use the title of “judge” before their names on the ballot in an election for a judicial office. Now only incumbent elected judges are allowed to use the title when seeking re-election or election to another position.

Compromise: A Time Line (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Here's a date-by-date look at how Medicaid expansion perhaps came to Arkansas.

Arkansas Senate Approves 'Private Option' Proposal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2013 10:53 am

A proposal to use federal money to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income Arkansas residents passed Friday in the state Senate, advancing an idea that Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe are promoting as an alternative to expanding Medicaid enrollment.

Legislative Roundup: Big River Steel Project Close to Final Approval

by Mark Carter 4/5/2013 09:05 am

The Arkansas Senate last week gave its official blessing to the proposed $1.1 billion steel mill that Gov. Mike Beebe and state economic development officials want to see on the banks of the Mississippi River just outside Osceola.

Arkansas Legislative Committee OKs Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/4/2013 07:51 am

A proposal aimed at eliminating public funding for Planned Parenthood won the support of an Arkansas Senate committee Wednesday, a move that the group warned could cut off money to doctors, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers.

Arkansas Panel OKs Medicaid Money for Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2013 02:31 pm

A proposal to use federal dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income Arkansas residents won the approval of a state Senate committee Wednesday, as the idea gained favor among Republicans who have opposed Medicaid expansion.

Mike Beebe: US Government Will Help With Private Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/2/2013 11:45 am

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has received a letter from the federal government expressing "conceptual support" for his plan to use Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for the state's poorer residents.

Arkansas House Finishes Veto Override on Voter ID Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/1/2013 02:38 pm

The Arkansas House has completed an override of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Big River Steel Proposal Gains Traction in Legislature

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/1/2013 10:14 am

Gov. Mike Beebe's plan to provide $125 million in state financing to help a new company build a steel mill in Mississippi County is gaining bipartisan support among legislators. But some conservatives still object to having the government help fund one of Arkansas' largest economic development projects.

Michael Lamoureux Hopes to Reach Deal Soon on Tax Cuts

by Mark Carter 4/1/2013 12:00 am

In this Exec Q&A, we visit with state Sen. Michael Lamoureux, who talks about working with Gov. Mike Beebe, tax cuts and his thoughts on using incentives to lure "super projects."

The War on Information (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/1/2013 12:00 am

Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act, one of the first and best in the country for creating transparent government and holding government officials accountable, is under unprecedented attack.

Health Care, Tax Cuts Issues Colliding (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2013 06:32 pm

As Arkansas lawmakers approach what could be the final weeks of this year's session, it's becoming clearer that proposals to expand health insurance to low-income workers and to cut $100 million in taxes are colliding.

Arkansas House Delays Override Try on Voter ID Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2013 02:22 pm

Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday delayed an attempt to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would require the state's voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Backs Health Care Insurance Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2013 09:52 am

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is backing a proposal to expand health insurance to thousands of low-income residents by purchasing private coverage with federal Medicaid funds.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Social Media Privacy Bills

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/27/2013 07:32 am

Arkansas employers and colleges would be prohibited from asking their employees or students to turn over passwords to personal social media accounts under a pair of bills that state lawmakers advanced Tuesday.