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Guns, Shared Background Checks Coming Soon to Arkansas Offices

by Mark Friedman 7/3/2017 12:00 am

The 91st General Assembly passed bills that allows employees to bring their concealed handguns to their employer’s private parking lot and requires employers that conduct background checks to share the results with the employee or applicant upon request.

Shifting Labor Rules Keep Arkansas Attorneys Busy

by Mark Friedman 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas labor and employment attorneys are keeping an eye on challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules as well as a bill that would amend the Minimum Wage Act in Arkansas.

Arkansas House Advances Concealed Handgun Exemption Bill

by Andrew DeMillo and Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 3/31/2017 7:43 am

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law expanding where concealed guns are allowed in a vote that one lawmaker complained was a "no-win" choice between the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and the National Rifle Association.

Lawmakers Approve, Send to Governor a Bill to Allow Truck Platooning

by Marty Cook 3/30/2017 9:11 am

A bill to allow Arkansas trucking companies to use truck platooning passed the Arkansas House and Senate.

Arkansas Minimum Wage Bill Advances

by Associated Press 3/28/2017 8:11 am

The Arkansas House passed legislation that would shield businesses from liability for what employees do before and after their primary work.

Arkansas Truckers Tackle Automated Driving

by Marty Cook 3/27/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Trucking Association is trying to move the state forward into the world of technology with a vote expected this week which would allow exceptions to a state law that requires trucks to keep 200 feet apart on state highways.

Arkansas House Panel Advances Campus Gun Bill

by Associated Press 3/14/2017 1:00 pm

A bill that would allow people with a concealed carry license to carry their firearms at Arkansas colleges, some bars and many state buildings if they undergo additional training has advanced out of a House committee.

NRA Drops Support of Arkansas Campus Guns Bill After Changes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/23/2017 7:02 am

The National Rifle Association said Wednesday it no longer supports a bill allowing concealed handguns on Arkansas college campuses after it was limited to people 25 and over who have gone through active shooter training.

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Bill Requiring Colleges to Allow Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/16/2017 6:55 am

An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, rejecting a proposal to make employees who want to be armed undergo additional training.

Arkansas House OKs Requiring Concealed Handguns at Colleges

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2017 2:50 pm

The Arkansas House has voted to require state colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, despite objections from administrators and police that the move won't make schools safer.

Arkansas House Rejects Democrats' Low-Income Tax Credit Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/24/2017 4:38 pm

The Arkansas House handily rejected a low-income tax credit proposal backed by Democrats, who said they hope to revive the idea when lawmakers look at deeper tax cuts in two years.

In State of the State, Hutchinson Seeks Committee to Study Tax Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/10/2017 11:24 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking lawmakers to form a task force to recommend further changes to the state's tax code, calling for deeper reforms as he faces divisions with fellow Republicans over dueling tax cut plans.

Hutchinson Tax Cut Plan Faces Some GOP Resistance (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/19/2016 6:48 am

With proposals to slash taxes for low-income Arkansans and military veterans, Gov. Asa Hutchinson hopes to win the support of some fellow Republican legislators as well as Democrats who felt their top priorities were left out of a package helping middle-class taxpayers that was approved last year.

Governor Seeks Tax Cuts for Low-Income Arkansans, Military Retirees

by Lance Turner 12/13/2016 2:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll propose a $50 million tax cut for lower income Arkansans and back a plan that would eliminate state income tax for those who get pensions from the military. The $50 million tax cut would cover about 657,000 Arkansans, he said.

Arkansas Sidesteps Some Obamacare Problems with Unique Mix

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has been a mixture of good and bad news for Arkansas, but the state’s unique approach to expanding Medicaid has resulted in a different experience from that making national headlines.

Address Design Flaws of Affordable Care Act, Participants Say

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2016 12:00 am

The insurance industry is in the business of managing risk, but under the ACA, everyone pays the same amount for the same health insurance plan, regardless of what the health status of a person is.

Arkansas Health Task Force Nearing Recommendations

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 11/24/2015 12:42 pm

A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.

Arkansas Panel Moves Closer to Medicaid Proposals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/5/2015 7:05 am

A report to lawmakers on Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion won't resolve the muddied future of the program, but it could at least provide clarity on the options the Legislature faces, and how difficult finding consensus will be.

Charlie Collins Launches 'Draft Cotton' for President Site

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/22/2015 6:52 am

Arkansas already has a former first lady and ex-governor in the White House race, but a state legislator who thinks there's room for another homegrown candidate is urging Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton to run.

Arkansas House Supports Guns on Campus Bill

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

Arkansas universities couldn't prevent faculty or staff from bringing concealed firearms to class under a proposal supported by House members.