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Trent Garner

Matthew C. Boch is an attorney with Dover Dixon Horne PLLC.
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Tax Fighters Take Aim at Arkansas Income LevyLock Icon

If Arkansas politicians succeed in a push to abolish the state personal income tax, partly to avoid losing ultra-wealthy residents, the state must reckon with what it will give up: $3 billion a year in revenue. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Health Care

Hutchinson: Biden Vaccine Mandate Not Right Approach

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says President Joe Biden's mandate that many private businesses require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the wrong approach for boosting vaccination rates. read more >
Donald Bobbitt
Education

UA Board Votes to Require Masks on Campuses

The University of Arkansas' governing board votes to require masks on its campuses, as dozens of school districts imposed their own mandates. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Judge Blocks State From Enforcing Mask Mandate Ban

An Arkansas judge has temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a law that prevents schools and other governmental agencies from requiring masks. read more >
Michael Poore
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Schools Sue, Mayor Defies Arkansas Mask Mandate Ban

Arkansas’ ban on mask mandates faced new legal challenges and defiance from the mayor of the state capital as Republican lawmakers rejected efforts to roll back the prohibition. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives his State of the State address to the Arkansas General Assembly on Jan. 12.
Government & Politics

Asa Hutchinson Ponders Future in GOP Turned Trumpian

At a time when red state governors like Ron DeSantis in Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota are carrying forward Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is doing the opposite. 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 >
Trent Garner
Government & Politics

Arkansas Lawmakers Back Bans on Mask, Vaccine Requirements

Arkansas lawmakers give initial approval to measures prohibiting requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination to access services and governments imposing mask mandates similar to one recently lifted by the state. 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 >
Arkansas Speaker of the House Matthew Shepherd

Arkansas Lawmakers Won’t Meet This Year on Virus Declaration

Arkansas lawmakers will not meet this month to vote on whether to support the state's coronavirus emergency declaration, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday, rejecting a request from Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Johnny Key, secretary of the state Department of Education, speaks Monday during Gov. Asa Hutchinson's daily coronavirus update press conference.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Update: Governor Extends School Closures to End of Academic Year

Gov. Asa Hutchinson extends the closing of Arkansas schools through the end of the school year. read more >
Some Arkansas cities are taking steps to establish entertainment districts in which open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on public streets, similar to the Beale Street District in Memphis, shown above.
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Arkansas Cities Seek to Create ‘Entertainment Districts’Lock Icon

A number of Arkansas cities — including El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Texarkana — are either considering or are taking steps toward creating “entertainment districts” that would allow the open carry of alcohol. read more >
Trent Garner
Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate Approves Tobacco Tax Increases for Tax Cuts

The Arkansas Senate has narrowly approved a $100 million plan to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to pay for a package of tax cuts for low- and middle-income residents. read more >
David Wallace
Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Energy Bill Clears Senate, Heads to House Committee

Arkansas senators Wednesday passed by a 28-2 vote Senate Bill 145, a key legislative priority for Arkansas’ solar power industry. read more >
Trent Garner
Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Abortion Restrictions Next Year

Arkansas' predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state's past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. read more >
Health Care / Retail

Internet Sales Tax Among First Bills Filed for 2019 Session

A measure banning abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis and a proposal to require online retailers to collect Arkansas sales tax are among the first bills lawmakers filed ahead of next year's session. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas GOP Talks School Safety, But Not Guns (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next year's session. But, unlike Republican counterparts in other states and even the president, they're declaring the issue of gun control off-limits. read more >
Trent Garner
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

State Police Working on Training for Gun Law Expansion

An Arkansas law dramatically expanding where concealed handguns are allowed will take effect this week, but the training needed to carry those guns to college campuses, bars, government buildings and other new locations may not be available until early next year. read more >
Reynolds Razorback Stadium on game day.
Education / Legal / Tourism

Arkansas Senate Exempts College Sporting Events from Concealed Carry Law

The state Senate votes to exempt college sporting events from a new law expanding where concealed handguns are allowed, addressing concerns that the gun rights measure would lead to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Changes to Campus Guns Bill

Arkansas lawmakers said Monday they're negotiating more changes to a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses after it faced resistance from the National Rifle Association over its age and training restrictions. read more >