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Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces details of her education package on Feb. 8, 2023 at the State Capitol.
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill on Teacher Raises, School Vouchers

The proposal, which now heads to the majority-Republican House, is advocated by GOP Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders as her top priority this legislative session. read more >
Alan Clark
Government & Politics

Arkansas Senator Suspended Over Filing Frivolous Complaint

The Senate earlier this month rejected a complaint Clark had filed against Democratic Sen. Stephanie Flowers accusing her of improperly receiving per diem payments for legislative meetings she attended via Zoom. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Legislators Begin Special Session on Mask Mandates

Legislators meeting in a special session file two bills dealing with Act 1002, which prohibits state and local governments from imposing mask mandates. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol was the scene as Arkansas’ General Assembly enacted restrictions on transgender youths.
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Transgender Laws Draw a Hot SpotlightLock Icon

New restrictions on trangender minors have left the state a target of scorn and boycotts, and LGBTQ activists were calling the new legislation itself a hate crime. read more >
Alan Clark
Government & Politics

An Early Adopter, Arkansas Rethinks Lawmaker Term Limits

Nearly three decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to cap how long someone can serve in the Legislature, lawmakers may find out just how far voters are willing to go to limit their time in office thanks to competing measures on next year's ballot. read more >
Stephanie Flowers

Stephanie Flowers: ‘God Will Judge Me’

An Arkansas state senator who angrily repudiated her senate judiciary colleagues when the committee voted to limit public debate on a gun rights bill has said she stands by her words and won't apologize for her passion. read more >
Stephanie Flowers
Government & Politics / Legal

Senate Committee Votes Down New Self-Defense Bill

After a heated and contentious debate, Arkansas' Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday against a bill which would have loosened regulations for the use of deadly force in self-defense. read more >
Josh Miller
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Medicaid Plan Avoids Shutdown Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol. read more >
Alan Clark
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Keep Medicaid Expansion

An effort to continue Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year has cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature, a day after the Trump administration said the state could impose a work requirement on the program. read more >
Joyce Elliott
Education / Government & Politics

Governor’s ArFuture Grant Proposal Fails in Committee

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to create a grant that would pay for tuition and fees for students at Arkansas community or technical colleges failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a 4-4 vote Wednesday read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

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. read more >
Barton-Lexa school district in Phillips County, the present-day successor to Lake View.
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Lake View Case’s Shadow Shrinks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

By allowing school districts to avoid being merged with their neighbors when they fall below the state's minimum enrollment, the Arkansas Legislature signaled that the shadow of a long-running education funding case no longer looms large. read more >