Tagged: 89th general assembly

Arkansas Panel OKs Medicaid Money for Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2013 2:31 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.

Update: Arkansas House Committee Approves Big River Steel Mill Plan

by Associated Press 4/3/2013 11:42 am

A House committee has given its approval to a plan that would provide state funding to a new steel mill in northeastern Arkansas.

Arkansas Senate OKs Creation of Medicaid Fraud Office

by Associated Press 4/3/2013 7:18 am

The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to establish a new state office to investigate fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program.

Rick Crawford Urges Arkansas to Reject Health Insurance Expansion Plan

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

Republican Congressman Rick Crawford is urging the Arkansas Legislature to reject a proposal to offer health insurance to thousands of low-income residents by purchasing private coverage using Medicaid dollars.

Arkansas House Panel OKs Tax Cut for Manufacturers

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 1:05 pm

An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers in the state.

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 OKs Naming Springdale World's Poultry Capital

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 7:44 am

A proposal to name Springdale the "Poultry Capital of the World" is poised to become law in Arkansas after winning final approval from the Legislature Monday. The House approved the measure on an 85-0 vote.

Davy Carter, Michael Lamoureux Back Health Insurance Expansion

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 7:34 am

The Republican leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate on Monday endorsed a proposal to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income workers using federal funds -- an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

State Senate OKs Proposal to Ban Sky Lantern Sales

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 7:33 am

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would ban the sale and use of sky lanterns in the state.

Arkansas Senate Backs Animal Protection Bills

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 7:31 am

The Arkansas Senate has backed a proposal to create stiffer penalties for people who impersonate a police officer while illegally seizing an animal.

Arkansas House Finishes Veto Override on Voter ID Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/1/2013 2:38 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.

Davy Carter Tries to Woo Gun Makers to Arkansas

by Associated Press 4/1/2013 11:02 am

House Speaker Davy Carter is wooing a pair of gun manufacturers to Arkansas, telling the companies they should look at the state if they're concerned about new firearms restrictions elsewhere.

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 6:32 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.

Mike Beebe Signs Bill Removing Emergency Gun Limits

by Associated Press 3/29/2013 7:47 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed legislation that removes the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster.

Davy Carter, Michael Lamoureux Back Big River Steel Plan

by Associated Press 3/29/2013 7:38 am

State House and Senate leaders on Thursday came out in support of a $125 million financing package that's been proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas, saying the benefits of the project outweigh any risks to the state.

Arkansas House Delays Override Try on Voter ID Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2013 2:22 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 9:52 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.