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Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansans have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box that they oppose predatory lending, but two state legislators are trying to make it easier for predatory lenders to operate.

Arkansas Panel Advances Medical Pot Smoking, Edibles Ban

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 7:06 am

An Arkansas Senate committee advanced bills to change the medical marijuana law approved by voters in November by banning smoking medical marijuana and the selling of food or drinks containing the drug.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bids for Marriage, Abortion Amendments

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 6:55 am

The Arkansas Senate endorses a long-shot effort to push for amending the U.S. Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage and abortion, a move one Republican lawmaker said is needed to overturn rulings from the nation's highest court.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Income Tax Break on Veterans' Benefits

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2017 7:25 am

The Arkansas House on Monday approved a tax break for retired military veterans, but the proposal is drawing objections from conservatives over a plan to raise taxes on soda, candy and digital downloads to help pay for it.

Opponents Urge Panel to Block Ten Commandments Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2016 6:57 am

Opponents of an effort to build a Ten Commandments monument near Arkansas' Capitol urged a panel to reject the statue on grounds that it could bring lawsuits, while the lawmaker behind the display said Wednesday that the only decision remaining is where to install it.

Jason Rapert Named CEO of ULockIt Security Devices

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/21/2016 5:00 pm

ULockIt Security Devices of Conway announced Monday the appointment of Jason Rapert as its CEO. The company said it's also looking at expanding sales nationwide.

Group Sets Plans for Ten Commandments Near Arkansas Capitol

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/8/2016 4:28 pm

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments planned near Arkansas' Capitol will weigh 6,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall, the group lined up to install the display said in an application filed Monday.

Arkansas Republicans Select 12 Delegates to GOP Convention

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 7:07 am

Arkansas Republicans have met in each of the state's four congressional districts to select 12 delegates to the GOP National Convention in July.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2016 8:36 pm

Arkansas House and Senate committees advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep the hybrid Medicaid expansion. But opponents said they didn't believe the state or federal government could afford the expanded coverage. The House and Senate are expected to take up the plan on Thursday.

John Goodson Helped Law Firms Get State Auditor Contract Potentially Worth Millions

by Mark Friedman 2/22/2016 12:00 am

State Auditor Andrea Lea agreed to pay inexperienced out-of-state attorneys a fee nearly twice as high as other states have committed to pay in a pursuit of unredeemed U.S. Treasury bonds.

Of Twitter & Politics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Twitter, and other social media, allows political leaders to reveal themselves more often and more candidly than ever before.

Marriage Ruling Opens Fight Within Arkansas GOP (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/12/2015 1:28 pm

A social conservative who once called for banning gay couples from becoming foster parents, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was an unlikely foil for members of his own party outraged at the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

Groups Call for Hindu, Satanic, Vegan Displays at Arkansas Capitol

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 7/7/2015 3:43 pm

Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, firefighters and the Little Rock Nine might be joined by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.

Farmers Insurance Now Offers Rideshare Coverage

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Farmers Insurance recently announced that it has begun offering Arkansas drivers rideshare insurance coverage in response to the state’s new ride-sharing law, Act 1267, which was signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in early April.

Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 7/3/2015 6:00 pm

Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide bubbled over into a war of words late Thursday between the state's legislative and executive branches.

Arkansas Republicans Shift from Marriage Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/29/2015 7:18 am

In Arkansas, the GOP backlash against same-sex marriage included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate." But it didn't include a call for the state to defy the nation's highest court.

Jason Rapert Supports Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

by Associated Press 6/26/2015 1:39 pm

A Republican legislator says he believes Arkansas and other states should push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Jason Rapert: Arkansas Needs a New Look at Levees

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/24/2015 3:28 pm

Changes to Arkansas' levee system after recent flooding in the state should be on the agenda if the Legislature is called back into session to take up the future of its health insurance marketplace, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

ACLU Monitoring Ten Commandments Monument Law

by Mark Friedman 6/8/2015 12:00 am

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is monitoring the progress of a new law that allows the state of Arkansas to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Capitol in Little Rock.