Tagged: arkansas senate

Arkansas Lawmakers Formally Adjourn Fiscal Session

by Associated Press 5/9/2016 11:26 am

Arkansas lawmakers have ended this year's fiscal session, with the current House speaker winning another two-year term leading the chamber.

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Government

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

A government resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions.

Bill Advances That Would Enable Congressional Candidates to Run for Re-election, White House in 2020

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 2:26 pm

Arkansas' freshman senator who wrote a letter to Iran's leaders during nuclear negotiations could seek re-election and the White House in 2020 under a bill endorsed by a state House committee.

Arkansas Effort to End Common Core-linked Test Fails

by Associated Press 3/18/2015 2:00 pm

A Senate panel has voted to prevent the state from renewing its contract with a Common Core-linked test for more than a year after a proposal to scrap the assessment entirely failed.

Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan

by Associated Press 3/2/2015 4:29 pm

By a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved legislation on Monday authorizing a partnership with counties around the state on regional facilities to hold inmates. The legislation, which now heads to the House, also allows inmates to apply for Medicaid benefits and provides avenues for them to enroll in drug and alcohol programs.

Special Election to Fill Vacant Arkansas State Senate Seat

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 9:22 am

Voters in Newton and Pope counties and parts of Boone, Carroll and Van Buren counties go to the polls Tuesday in the District 16 race. The seat is open because of the resignation of former Sen. Michael Lamoreux after he was named chief of staff for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

Appointments for Independent Citizens Commission Announced

by Lee Hogan 12/3/2014 10:57 am

The seven appointments for the Independent Citizens Commission, which will decide the salaries for all elected state officials, were announced Wednesday morning.

Arkansas House, Senate Races to Watch in the Midterms

by Lee Hogan 11/4/2014 8:30 am

For Arkansas' midterm elections, most of the attention has focused on races for U.S. Senate, governor and a few statewide offices. But control of the Arkansas House is another key element to watch.

Incumbent State Legislators Lead Non-Incumbents in Donations by PACs, Lobbyists

by Lee Hogan 10/29/2014 10:17 am

Incumbents in contested races for state House of Representatives and Senate rule the roost when it comes to donations from special-interest groups.

PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

by Lee Hogan 10/20/2014 11:39 am

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state.

Senate Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of Voter ID Bill

by Associated Press 3/27/2013 3:51 pm

The Arkansas Senate has voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Republican-led Senate voted 21-12 to override the veto Wednesday. The state House has yet to vote on it. Each chamber needs only a simple majority to override a veto in Arkansas.

Tax Exemption for Active Military Approved by Arkansas Senate

by Associated Press 3/7/2013 11:47 am

he Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to exempt the pay for active duty military from state income taxes, the first major tax reduction lawmakers are considering this legislative session.

Here's the Roll Call of That Senate Veto Override

by Associated Press 2/28/2013 10:24 am

The Arkansas Senate voted 19-14 Thursday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, which has an emergency clause, takes effect immediately.

Arkansas Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions

by Associated Press 1/31/2013 2:12 pm

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit most abortions if a heartbeat is detected, ignoring warnings from opponents that banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy would invite lawsuits.

State Senate Approves Bill on Officials' Salaries

by Associated Press 1/23/2013 2:40 pm

The Legislature has approved a budget proposal that keeps the salaries of Arkansas's elected officials unchanged in the coming year.

Arkansas Senate Flips to GOP; First Time Since Reconstruction

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press 11/7/2012 11:44 am

Arkansas Republicans seized control of the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction in Tuesday's election, while also preventing Democrats from taking a majority of seats in the state House.