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Arkansas Public Policy Panel

Government & Politics / Legal

Federal Appeals Court Won’t Revisit Ruling That Limits Scope of Voting Rights Act

The Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the Arkansas State Conference NAACP, which are challenging Arkansas’ new state House districts under the law, have argued last year's ruling would remove a key tool for voters to stand up for their rights. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Voting Rights Act, Ruling That Private Plaintiffs Can’t Sue

The 2-1 decision by a panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals based in St. Louis found that only the U.S. attorney general can enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires political maps to include districts where minority populations' preferred candidates can win elections. read more >
Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Retail

State’s Voters to Rule Again on Sales Tax for Road WorkLock Icon

In 2012, Arkansans got to vote on a proposal to help fund highway construction. In 2020, they will get to do it again on a permanent basis. read more >
Highway and legislative leaders look on as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a $95 million highway funding bill.
Construction / Government & Politics / Retail / Transportation

Highway Funding Plan Hurts Poor, Critic Says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation that will raise an estimated $95 million annually for the state’s highways, but a public policy group says the sales tax portion is too regressive. read more >