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Joyce Elliott Files In-State Tuition Proposal

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/11/2013 10:35 am

An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing extending in-state tuition rates to some students who entered the U.S. illegally.

Arkansas House Rejects Proposed Spending Cap

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/6/2013 07:29 am

Arkansas House Republicans failed to secure enough votes Tuesday to cap the growth of government spending, a centerpiece of their legislative agenda this year.

Best of Frenemies: Inside Mike Beebe and the GOP's Love-Hate Relationship (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2013 02:08 pm

The partnership Gov. Mike Beebe has boasted having with the Arkansas Legislature is turning more into a love-hate relationship under Republican control. They're not sworn enemies, but not exactly best friends either. They're more like frenemies.

Veto Fight Might Loom Between Mike Beebe, Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2013 07:25 am

As a veteran legislator and two-term Democratic governor who has used the veto sparingly, Mike Beebe has spoken out against several GOP measures but won't say whether he'll veto them if they reach his desk.

Medicaid Takes a Back Seat In the 89th General Assembly (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2013 05:08 pm

What happened to the Medicaid session? Despite all the talk before lawmakers gathered at the Arkansas Capitol that Medicaid's finances and future would overshadow just about every other issue, there's been scant attention paid to the $5 billion program and efforts to expand it under the federal health care law

Arkansas House Panel Approves Cap on Government Growth

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 2/12/2013 03:57 pm

An Arkansas House committee has advanced a Republican proposal to set a cap on how much the state's government can grow each year.

Big River Steel Superproject Alters Arkansas Session Agenda (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2013 12:08 pm

A veiled reference to a "superproject" took up only a couple of sentences when Gov. Mike Beebe laid out his legislative agenda for 2013 last month. Now that it's been revealed as a $1.1 billion steel mill, it has altered the agenda for this year's session.

In State of the State, Mike Beebe Urges GOP-Led Legislature to Expand Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo 1/15/2013 12:37 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe urged skeptical Republicans to not sacrifice Arkansas' share of federal dollars by rejecting an expansion of its Medicaid program, saying in his final "state of the state" address Tuesday that doing so would jeopardize the health of their neighbors back home.

Video: Warwick Sabin, Bruce Westerman Talk Medicaid, Education, Working Together

by Lance Turner 1/15/2013 07:54 am

In this video, Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, chairman of the House freshman caucus, and Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, House majority leader, talk to THV 11 News about the 89th General Assembly and the opportunities -- and debates -- ahead.

Arkansas Lawmakers Face Crowded Education Agenda

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/9/2012 02:26 pm

Court rulings on student transfers and school funding will collide with the desire of charter school and voucher advocates to take advantage of a new Republican majority when Arkansas legislators tackle education issues next year.

Arkansas School Funding Re-Emerges as Issue (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/2/2012 05:03 pm

The Lake View school funding case is like the ultimate horror movie monster. Try as you might, you just can't kill it. And 20 years after the first filing in the lawsuit that ultimately transformed the way Arkansas funds its schools — and five years after it appeared to finally be over — the sequel is now in the works.

Arkansas Lawmakers Study Effects of School Property Tax Ruling

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/30/2012 04:22 pm

Arkansas lawmakers said Friday they were unsure what steps they would take next year to address the state Supreme Court's ruling that school districts that collect more in property tax revenues than state-mandated school funding levels can keep the money.

Arkansas House Flip: GOP Holds for 1st Time Since 1874

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/8/2012 02:39 pm

Republicans will control the Arkansas House next year after taking a majority of seats for the first time since Reconstruction.

Arkansas Democrats, Republicans Seek Consensus in State Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/7/2012 02:21 pm

Republicans and Democrats in the Arkansas Legislature vowed Wednesday to find common ground on tax cuts, Medicaid's future and other divisive issues, a day after voters handed the GOP control of the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction but left the balance of power in the House up in the air.

GOP Majority in Arkansas Could Alter Mike Beebe's Plans

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/1/2012 02:25 pm

Republicans in Arkansas, who are increasingly confident they will take control of the Legislature next year, could be in a position to alter the plans of a Democratic governor who's enjoyed a string of victories at the Statehouse over the past several years.