Tagged: asa hutchinson

In Praise of Pragmatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/13/2015 12:00 am

In the furor surrounding the final days of the legislative session, a couple of important worker education reforms could be overlooked. They shouldn’t be for two reasons: They promise to be effective, helping match businesses in Arkansas with capable employees (and capable employees with good jobs), and they demonstrate what bipartisanship can accomplish.

Hutchinson Interested in Merit Selection for Judges

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2015 1:47 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says it is time to revisit whether the state's appellate judges should be appointed rather than popularly elected.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Calls on Hutchinson to Issue Anti-Discrimination Order

by Associated Press 4/10/2015 10:49 am

A group representing downtown Little Rock's businesses is calling on Arkansas' governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees.

Governor: No Urgent Need for Anti-Discrimination Order

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2015 11:41 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need for an executive order extending anti-discrimination workplace protections to gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers approved a reworked religious objections bill.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill Allowing Ten Commandments Display Near Capitol

by Associated Press 4/9/2015 7:04 am

Arkansas' governor has approved legislation that will allow a monument to the Ten Commandments to be constructed near the state Capitol.

Asa Hutchinson Wants More Private Venture Capital in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 2:51 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said he'd love to see the continued evolution of private venture capital in Arkansas to meet the growth of the state's tech startup ecosystem.

Jonathan Dismang: Process Surrounding Religion Law Not 'Pretty'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 10:02 am

Arkansas' Senate president said Tuesday he didn't like the process surrounding the last-minute revamping of a religious objections measure that was initially criticized as anti-gay, but said he believed the compromise law offers more certainty for both sides of the debate.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Lethal Injection Measure; Lawsuit Filed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 6:51 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday approved legislation aimed at restarting executions after a decade-long lull, prompting several death row inmates to ask a court to strike the measure down.

Governor: Arkansas' Image Helped by Compromise Religion Law

by Associated Press 4/7/2015 6:48 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he believes the state's image benefited from the way a religious objections measure was reworked after an earlier version drew complaints that it was anti-gay.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Workforce Training Overhaul Into Law

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 1:23 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a trio of bills aimed at overhauling the state's workforce education programs, a move he says will help the state compete better in economic development and coordinate agency efforts.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Computer Science Task Force

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 7:02 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a 15-member task force to oversee the rollout of a requirement that all public high schools offer computer science courses.

Religion Bill Previews Rifts Governor Faces (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2015 6:56 am

The drama surrounding HB1228 offers a preview of possible rifts to come with Democrats and even fellow Republicans in future years.

Our Awfully Wonderful State 2.0 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2015 12:00 am

HB1228, for all the hyperventilating and hyperbole about what it will or will not do legally, made our state look, once again, like it isn’t ready for primetime. But unlike Indiana, where a similar “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” seemed to shock the nation, Arkansas seemed to be doing just what our fellow Americans expected Arkansas to do.

Update: Asa Hutchinson Signs Revised Religious Objections Bill

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 5:14 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a revised version of a religious objections bill that supporters say addresses concerns that the original proposal sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Wal-Mart Commends Asa Hutchinson for Work on HB1228

by Lance Turner 4/1/2015 2:59 pm

Today, following Asa Hutchinson's request that the Legislature recall and rework HB1228, Wal-Mart praised the governor and legislative leaders.

Hillary Clinton: HB1228 Should Be Vetoed

by Associated Press 4/1/2015 11:29 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton says the governor of Arkansas should veto a bill involving religious objections in her former state. She says it would allow "unfair discrimination" against gays and lesbians.

Hutchinson Seeks HB1228 Recall, Wants Law to Mirror Federal RFRA

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/1/2015 10:58 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.

State Chamber Urges Legislature to Maintain Arkansas' 'Business-Friendly' Reputation

by Associated Press 3/31/2015 4:25 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas on Tuesday asked legislative leaders to work "to prevent the mischaracterization of Arkansas’s people and their attitudes towards others."

Hutchinson Vetoes Publicity Rights Bill; Senate Override Fails

by Associated Press 3/31/2015 4:01 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a publicity rights bill backed by the family of Arkansas football legend Frank Broyles.

Enviro Tech Dedicates Helena-West Helena Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2015 11:43 am

Enviro Tech Chemical Services on Tuesday dedicated its plant at the Helena Harbor in Helena-West Helena, saying it hopes to have 80 workers in place there by the end of the year.