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EPA Proposals Threaten Arkansas (Jason Rapert Commentary)

by Jason Rapert 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is fortunate to have among the lowest electricity prices in the nation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest proposed carbon rule poses a grave threat to our ability to produce electricity affordably and reliably, and that spells bad news for homeowners and business owners across the state.

State Senate A Lock for GOP, but House Up in Air

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 1:03 pm

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

Legislators Tell State Supreme Court: Uphold Ban on Gay Marriages

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/20/2014 11:25 am

A resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which a circuit judge recently overturned, won support from state lawmakers Friday.

Resolution On Gay Marriage Fails in Arkansas Legislature

by Associated Press 5/16/2014 10:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 7:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Arkansas Lawmakers: Action Needed on Teacher Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2013 2:53 pm

Arkansas lawmakers say a short term fix is needed to address the spiraling cost in teacher health insurance before a hike in premiums takes effect in January.

Update: Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to Appear in Court

by Associated Press 5/20/2013 6:28 am

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was arrested on federal extortion charges over the weekend and is to make an appearance in federal court.

The New York Times Looks at Jason Rapert's Abortion Legislation

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 1:45 pm

In case you missed it, here's The New York Times taking a look on Monday at state Sen. Jason Rapert's abortion legislation, which the Arkansas Legislature approved six days ago.

Arkansas GOP Eyes Planned Parenthood Money Next

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2013 5:01 pm

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even harder for women to get abortions in the state.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of 12-Week Abortion Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2013 2:13 pm

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

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

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

Non-Voting Arkansas Senators Say They Backed Override

by Associated Press 2/28/2013 11:27 am

Two Republican senators who didn't participate in a veto override vote on a bill banning most abortions past 20 weeks of a pregnancy say they supported the override.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Veto on Abortion Bill

by Associated Press 2/28/2013 9:18 am

The Arkansas Senate has overridden Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation banning most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy.

Update: Arkansas House Votes to Override Abortion Law Veto

by Associated Press 2/27/2013 3:46 pm

The Arkansas House has voted to reaffirm a 20-week ban on most abortions, voting 53-28 on Wednesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

Senate Committee Advances 12-Week Abortion Bill

by Associated Press 2/27/2013 11:06 am

A Senate committee has advanced a proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a day after Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a less stringent ban on the procedure.

Legislative Roundup: Guns Become Automatic Issue With General Assembly

by Mark Carter 2/25/2013 12:00 am

The 89th General Assembly has yet to finish writing its chapter in the big book of Arkansas state legislatures. But if Chapter 89 were printed this week, then surely “guns” would be in the title. Legislation devoted to guns dominated the action again last week.

House Delays Vote on 12-Week Abortion Bill

by Associated Press 2/12/2013 4:05 pm

The House is delaying a vote on legislation that would ban most abortions in Arkansas at 12 weeks into a pregnancy as sponsors of the measure say they're working on more changes to the bill.

Jason Rapert's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Tests Mike Beebe, Democrats (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2013 5:40 pm

The push for a ban on abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy is testing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's willingness to fight a Republican majority in the Arkansas Legislature on an issue that deeply divides members of his own party.

House Committee Approves Jason Rapert's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill

by Associated Press 2/7/2013 1:20 pm

A House panel has advanced legislation that would ban most abortions in Arkansas if a fetal heartbeat is detected 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Jason Rapert Changing His 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2013 7:11 am

An Arkansas lawmaker said Tuesday that he would ease his proposed ban on most abortions in the state so the procedure could still be performed until a heartbeat is detected using an abdominal ultrasound.