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For These Issues, Thank Your Lawmakers

Legislators have referred three proposed constitutional amendments for voters to either enact or reject by a majority vote. Here's information about each one. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics / Legal

Settlement Requires Arkansas Senator to Unblock Critics

American Atheists announced the settlement in its federal lawsuit against Arkansas over Republican Sen. Jason Rapert's social media. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Income Tax Cuts, Adjourn Session

Critics argued that the cuts are skewed toward the wealthy and that the money would be better spent elsewhere. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Income Tax Cut During Session

Legislative panels also endorsed incentives aimed at helping the state lure a U.S. Steel expansion in Mississippi County. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives his State of the State address to the Arkansas General Assembly on Jan. 12.
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Governor to Call Special Session on Tax Cut Plan

The primary focus will be on a tax cut package that calls for reducing the state's top income tax rate from 5.9% to 4.9% read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
Government & Politics

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Election Map Splitting Pulaski County

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll make a decision next week about whether to sign the measure. read more >
Government & Politics

5th Republican Candidate Running for Arkansas’ No. 2 Office

A former Arkansas Razorbacks football player who owns an investment firm says he'll run for Arkansas lieutenant governor, becoming the fifth Republican to seek the office. read more >
Government & Politics

Former State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb Running for Lieutenant Governor

Former Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb announced Tuesday he's running for lieutenant governor next year, making him the third GOP candidate to seek the state's No. 2 constitutional office. read more >
Dr. José Romero, chief medical officer at the Arkansas Department of Health
Government & Politics / Health Care

Despite Virus Pushback, Legislators Confirm Health Secretary Romero

Arkansas' top health official was confirmed by the state Senate despite pushback from some Republican lawmakers over the state's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signs the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act into law on February 14, 1967.
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food

Freedom of Information (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

If the cost of performing FOIA requests is burdensome, the answer is to come up with the money, not to keep chipping away at the public’s right to know. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Health Care / Legal

Asa Hutchinson Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban Into Law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate Approves Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions

The Arkansas Senate approves a measure banning nearly all abortions in the state, despite objections to the ban not including exceptions for rape or incest. read more >
Jason Rapert
Health Care / Legal

State Senate Panel Advances Near-Total Ban on Abortions

An Arkansas Senate panel advances legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade by banning nearly all abortions. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic today at the State Capitol.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Reports Second-Highest Jump in Coronavirus Cases

Arkansas reported its second-highest increase in confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday as a state senator was hospitalized after testing positive for the virus. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas State Senator Hospitalized after Positive COVID-19 Test

An Arkansas state senator said Thursday he is in the hospital after testing positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus. read more >
Charisse Childers

DWS to Lawmakers: Aging System, Quick Work Contributed to PUA Problems

An aging unemployment system and a desire to get money to unemployed people quickly contributed to problems with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance rollout in Arkansas, DWS leaders say. read more >
Jason Rapert
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Transportation

States Brace for Long-term Flood Fight as Damages Mount

States' efforts to fight future floods may turn out to be only a down payment on a long-term battle against floods, which are forecast to become more frequent and destructive as global temperatures rise. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics

Rapert Says He’s running for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor

A Republican state senator who sponsored a law requiring a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol and several abortion restrictions says he's running for Arkansas lieutenant governor in 2022. read more >
Water rushes through the levee along the Arkansas River in Dardanelle on May 31.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Transportation

Arkansas Floods Force New Look at Old LeveesLock Icon

The historic spring flooding in Arkansas caused at least $100 million in damage. Now comes the re-evaluation of Arkansas’ long-neglected levee system, which will surely seek to address at least two big public policy questions: Who should be responsible for the levees? Who should pay for their maintenance? read more >
The Arkansas River swells over into Little Rock's Riverfront Park on June 2.
Construction / Real Estate / Transportation

Governor Announces More Members, First Meeting of Levee Task Force

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces additional appointments to the Arkansas Levee Task Force he created by executive order last month. read more >