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Terry Rice

Rep. Rebecca Burkes, R-Lowell, and Sen. Clint Penzo, R-Springdale, the sponsors of House Bill 1410.
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Child Labor Bill Heads to Governor; Opponents Say it Risks Kids’ Safety, Education

The bill, inspired by research from a conservative think tank in Florida, would eliminate a work permit requirement for Arkansas kids under the age of 16. 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 >
Asa Hutchinson

3 Arkansas Lawmakers Test Positive for Virus, Governor Exposed

Three Arkansas lawmakers announced Tuesday they have tested positive for the coronavirus and the state’s governor said he’s scaling back his public events and meetings after being exposed to someone with the virus. read more >
Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton

Arkansas Senate Approves Funding Plan for State’s Highways

The Arkansas Senate approves a proposal to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for state highways, advancing the first part of a plan by the governor to fund state roads. read more >
Terry Rice

Arkansas Senate Panel OKs Funding Plan for State Roads

An Arkansas Senate panel advances a key part of the governor's $300 million highway funding plan, approving a proposal to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for the state's road needs. 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 >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

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. read more >
Jeremy Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Lawmakers Split on Reforms After Court Races

Arkansas lawmakers appeared split Wednesday on what changes, if any, are needed to how justices are chosen after conservative groups overwhelmed the state with TV ads and mailers in two state Supreme Court races this year. read more >
John Burris, one of the key Republican leaders behind the private option, faces a runoff against Scott Flippo for a state Senate seat.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Primary Voters Mixed on Arkansas Private Option

Arkansas voters gave mixed signals Tuesday about the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, ousting one "private option" backer from his legislative office, nominating another for re-election and sending a third to a runoff. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Insurance Exchange Funds

Arkansas lawmakers on Friday narrowly approved a $10.6 million grant to continue operating the insurance marketplace under the federal health overhaul, despite objections from some legislators over the law's rocky start. read more >
Rep. Davy Carter (R-Cabot)
Government & Politics

Despite Wins, GOP Has Own Rifts to Heal (AP Analysis)

Taking over the state House for the first time in 138 years was the easy part for Arkansas Republicans. The bigger challenge may be healing the rifts within their ranks, some of which were revealed with the election of Davy Carter as incoming House speaker. read more >
Rep. Davy Carter (R-Cabot)
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Elects Davy Carter As Speaker, 52-45

The Arkansas House of Representatives has elected Republican Rep. Davy Carter of Cabot as speaker-elect of the 89th General Assembly. Carter faced Rep. Terry Rice of Waldron in a vote after removing Democratic Rep. Darrin Williams of Little Rock as speaker-elect. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Considering Options for Speaker’s Race Tie

After a campaign season that focused on which party would win Arkansas' House, Democrats and Republicans in that chamber now face a new question: What happens if neither side is in control? read more >
Republican Sen. Michael Lamoureaux of RussellvilleSenate President Pro Tempore-elect
Government & Politics

Consensus Hard in New Arkansas Statehouse (AP Analysis)

Heading into last week's election, Democrats and Republicans in Arkansas said they didn't believe voters wanted the state Legislature to mimic a gridlocked Congress. What voters offered instead was something possibly far worse. read more >
Republican Rep. Terry Rice of Waldron
Government & Politics

Arkansas House to Vote Next Week on 2013 Speaker

Arkansas House members are preparing for a new vote on next year's speaker after Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. read more >