Tagged: 89th general assembly

Arkansas House Delays Vote on 'Private Option' Bill

by Associated Press 4/12/2013 12:19 pm

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

Arkansas House OKs Medicaid 'Private Option' 62-37

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/11/2013 3:38 pm

A plan to use federal Medicaid money to buy health insurance for low-income Arkansans faced an uncertain future Thursday - winning support from most House members but reaching the 75 votes that will be needed to approve its budget bill.

Arkansas House Panel OKs New Medicaid Fraud Office

by Associated Press 4/10/2013 4:07 pm

An Arkansas House committee has advanced a Senate-approved proposal to establish a new state office to investigate fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program.

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 7:35 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 Senate OKs Nonpartisan Prosecutor Elections

by Associated Press 4/10/2013 7:33 am

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would make the state's local prosecutors nonpartisan and would move the election for those offices from November to May.

Arkansas House Panel OKs 'Private Option' Bill

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 3:14 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 7:15 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.

Arkansas House Approves Big River Steel Mill Funding

by Associated Press 4/8/2013 1:03 pm

Arkansas House lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide $125 million in state financing for the construction of a new $1.1 billion steel mill outside Osceola.

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.

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.

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.

Planned Parenthood Defunding Fails in Senate

by Associated Press 4/5/2013 4:01 pm

A bill aimed at cutting off public funding Planned Parenthood receives for a pair of sex education grants narrowly failed in the Arkansas Senate on Friday, but the lawmaker behind the idea said he may try again to get the restriction through the Legislature.

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 9:05 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.

Crews Recover 19K Barrels of Oil, Water Since Exxon Pipe Burst at Mayflower

by Associated Press 4/4/2013 3:36 pm

An ExxonMobil spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week.

Property Proposal Fails to Get Out of House Committee

by Associated Press 4/4/2013 1:24 pm

A proposal to allow private property owners to seek compensation if their property values decline by at least 25 percent because of changes in zoning or other laws has failed to get out of an Arkansas legislative panel.

In Compromise with Democrats, Davy Carter Amends Capital Gains Tax Bill

by Associated Press 4/4/2013 1:11 pm

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's compromising with Democrats by adding an increase to the standard income tax deduction to his capital gains tax cut proposal. Carter's bill would raise the standard deduction from $2,000 to $2,400 over three years.

Arkansas Legislative Committee OKs Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/4/2013 7:51 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 Chamber Backs In-State Tuition Proposal

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

The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.