Tagged: 89th general assembly

Arkansas Senate Approves $140M Tax Cut Package

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/19/2013 7:28 am

Arkansas lawmakers moved closer Thursday toward finalizing a package of tax cuts that will eventually cost the state about $140 million a year, a day after approving a health insurance expansion that officials say will provide savings to help pay for the reductions.

Arkansas Legislature Puts Big Issues to Rest

by Mark Carter 4/19/2013 12:00 am

The 89th General Assembly isn’t sneaking quietly out the back door as it winds down the 2013 regular session.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Ethics, Campaign Rules

by Associated Press 4/18/2013 2:40 pm

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced an effort to outlaw most lobbyist gifts to elected officials, ban corporate campaign contributions and loosen term limits for state lawmakers.

Gov. Mike Beebe to Sign Medicaid Bill Monday

by Associated Press 4/18/2013 2:32 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe will sign legislation next week that authorizes Arkansas to accept federal Medicaid funds and use them to buy private insurance for low-income residents.

Arkansas Panel OKs Raises for Judges, Prosecutors

by Associated Press 4/18/2013 7:37 am

Arkansas lawmakers have recommended increasing judges' and prosecutors' salaries by 2 percent, and a legislative leader says he's confident state employees will get the same raise in the budget for the coming year.

Arkansas Legislature Approves Medicaid Expansion Alternative

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/18/2013 7:29 am

Arkansas' plan to use federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents won final approval from state lawmakers Wednesday.

Medicaid Framework Bill Sent to Arkansas Senate Committee

by Associated Press 4/17/2013 2:32 pm

Framework legislation that sets up Arkansas' plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents has been pulled from the governor's desk and sent back to a Senate committee.

Lawsuit Filed to Block New Arkansas Abortion Law

by Associated Press 4/16/2013 3:10 pm

Abortion rights proponents file a federal lawsuit to block Arkansas' new abortion law, which is among the most restrictive in the nation.

Arkansas House Approves Package of Tax Cut Bills

by Associated Press 4/16/2013 3:08 pm

The Arkansas House approves a package of proposals that would cut state income taxes, capital gains taxes, and taxes paid by manufacturers.

Arkansas Senate Approves Framework for Private Option

by Associated Press 4/16/2013 3:07 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike Beebe legislation setting up a program to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents. A separate budget bill still is pending.

Arkansas Legislature Approves $125M Big River Steel Funding

by Associated Press 4/16/2013 11:30 am

Arkansas is set to provide a new steel company with $125 million in financing and tax breaks to build a mill in the northeast part of the state now that the Legislature has given final approval to the plan.

Arkansas House Approves 'Private-Option' Plan 77-23

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/16/2013 10:38 am

A plan for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents has cleared its final hurdle in the state House. House members voted 77-23 Tuesday morning after a half-hour debate. Includes roll call.

Committee Rejects Revised Ethics Amendment

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 4:11 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a revised version of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have prohibited most lobbyists' gifts to elected officials, banned corporate campaign contributions and loosened the state's term limits.

Mike Beebe: No Special Session for Medicaid

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 3:51 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe says he won't call a special session for legislators to reconsider whether to expand Medicaid coverage to 250,000 Arkansans through a private insurance option.

Medicaid 'Private Option' Plan Fails in Arkansas House Vote

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 2:06 pm

A plan for Arkansas to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents has failed to capture the supermajority needed to pass the state House. The House voted 69-28 in favor. The plan would let Arkansas use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents under the new federal health care plan. Includes roll call.

House Panel Rejects Unemployment Benefits Cut

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 1:49 pm

A House panel has rejected legislation that would have cut the maximum amount of unemployment benefits paid out by Arkansas.

Private Option Plan A Tough Sell for GOP Voters (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/15/2013 8:35 am

For Arkansas Republicans elected on a vow to defeat the federal health care overhaul, a proposal to expand subsidized insurance relying on a key part of that law has been far from an easy pitch.

Health Care Tops To-Do List for Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/15/2013 7:48 am

Arkansas lawmakers face a daunting to-do list as they try to wrap up this year's session by a self-imposed Friday deadline. Here's what's at the top.

Arkansas House to Vote on Medicaid 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 7:45 am

The Arkansas House is set to vote on a proposal to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private health insurance for low-income residents.

Invest in Human Capital (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/15/2013 12:00 am

The lack of human capital is as detrimental to a business that wants to grow as the lack of financial capital. Employees sometimes think it’s just cheerleader talk, but business executives know that people — the right people — really are the key to business success.