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Arkansas Tightens Grip on Bitcoin Mining

Arkansas bitcoin mining operations appear to be headed for more regulation. read more >
Sen. Dan Sullivan (left), R-Jonesboro, sponsored SB71, citing the tenets of equality in the Declaration of Independence. Democratic Sen. Linda Chesterfield (right) voted against the bill, along with all four other women in the upper chamber.
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits / Small Business

Affirmative Action Bill Hits Snag in HouseLock Icon

A bill to end affirmative action in education hiring and outlaw state goals for steering procurement contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses in Arkansas narrowly passed in the Senate before stalling in the House. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

When Low Bids & High Scores Lose (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The lowest scoring but most expensive company bidding to devise a statewide broadband deployment strategy was selected in a process one competitor thinks was tailor-made for the politically connected vendor. 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 >
Trent Garner
Government & Politics / Legal

Governor Says He’ll Sign Bill That Aims to Nullify Gun Laws

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll sign a bill that would bar state and local law officers from helping enforce new and future federal gun restrictions. read more >
Missy Irvin
Government & Politics / Health Care

Hutchinson, Lawmakers Unveil Proposed Overhaul of Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Republican lawmakers propose overhauling Arkansas' Medicaid expansion to encourage recipients to work after the state's work requirement was halted by the courts and the new president. read more >
Stephanie Flowers
Government & Politics

Stephanie Flowers Censured for Swearing at Colleague

An Arkansas lawmaker was censured for calling a colleague a “dumbass" during debate Tuesday over a nonbinding resolution on history that was overwhelmingly rejected. read more >
Officials with Concord Public Schools and Entegrity flip the switch on Jan. 22 for a new 341-kilowatt sun array built by Entegrity of Little Rock.
Education / Energy

Concord Schools Flip Solar Switch With Entegrity

Concord Public Schools celebrated their new solar power source on Jan. 22 with a switch-flipping ceremony at the new 341-kilowatt sun array built by Entegrity of Little Rock. read more >
State Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren.
Government & Politics / Health Care

6th Arkansas GOP Lawmaker Tests Positive for Virus

An Arkansas state lawmaker running for reelection is quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus, she said, becoming the sixth Republican in the Legislature to become infected. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
Health Care

2 More Arkansas Lawmakers Test Positive for COVID-19

Two Arkansas lawmakers tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, the latest in an outbreak among legislators that has prompted suspension of state budget hearings this week. read more >
From left, state Sen. Missy Irvin, state Rep. Jack Ladyman and Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, the Arkansas Department of Health's medical director for immunizations and outbreak response, spoke Monday at a news conference about the state's response to the global coronavirus iytbreak. 
Government & Politics

State Leaders: We’re Being Proactive About Coronavirus

State legislators and others said at a Monday afternoon news conference that they are being proactive about responding to the global coronavirus outbreak, especially when it comes to the population's most vulnerable to dying from it: the elderly. read more >
UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson
Government & Politics / Health Care

Conway Regional Considering Legal Action In Hospital Rivalry Case

Representatives of Conway Regional Medical Center told lawmakers that it's considering legal and legislative action to deal with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ contract with Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. read more >
Matt Troup, CEO of Conway Regional Health System
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Conway Hospital Rivalry Goes Before LawmakersLock Icon

State lawmakers are scheduled to resume their inquiry into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ contract to provide emergency room and orthopedic services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. read more >
UAMS provides emergency medicine services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Nonprofits

Committee Raises Questions of Collusion Between UAMS, Baptist

The Arkansas General Assembly's Joint Performance Review Committee will continuing looking into a contract under which the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides physician services to Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

‘Tort Reform’ Measure May Face Ballot Competition (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

An effort to limit civil damages in lawsuits and give the Arkansas Legislature control over court rules was already shaping up to be one of the biggest and expensive campaigns in next year's election. read more >
Matthew Hass is the executive officer of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Government & Politics / Legal

Legal Adversaries: Bar Association, State Chamber Wage WarLock Icon

A battle heats up as the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce begins fighting back against an Arkansas Bar Association proposal that would block the chamber's preferred version of tort reform. read more >
Senate President Jonathan Dismang (pictured) and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Gov. Asa Hutchinson should limit the special session agenda to his plan to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.
Government & Politics

Dismang, Gillam Pick 16 for Governor’s Tax Reform Group

Ten Republicans and six Democrats have been named to serve on a legislative task force that will recommend tax cuts before the 2019 session. read more >
Missy Irvin
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Senate OKs Amendment Asking Voters to Limit Damages

A plan to ask Arkansas voters to limit damages awarded in lawsuits and give the Legislature control over court rules was approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite criticism from opponents who call the move an attempt by lawmakers to take over the judicial system. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Inside Arkansas’ Options for Managed Care in Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

The next Health Care Reform Legislative Task Force meeting will reveal whether the divide over the appropriate approach to managed care in Arkansas has continued — or even expanded. read more >