http://ualrpublicradio.org en Arkansas Lawmakers To Review Voter ID Rules http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-lawmakers-review-voter-id-rules <p>Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification when they cast a ballot.</p><p>A subcommittee of the Legislative Council was scheduled Wednesday to discuss the rules that the state Board of Election Commissioner approved for enforcing the voter ID law.</p><p>The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law earlier this year when it overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:37:12 +0000 Associated Press 12533 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lawmakers To Review Voter ID Rules Lawmakers To Discuss University of Arkansas Audit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-discuss-university-arkansas-audit <p>A legislative panel is discussing an audit that cited the University of Arkansas for poor management and failure to follow policies that led to deficits in a division that handled fundraising and public relations for the school.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Friday was set to review the audit of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Advancement Division.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The audit was released earlier this week and said the division overspent its budget by $3.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:58:34 +0000 Associated Press 11189 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Lawmakers To Discuss University of Arkansas Audit Rules Being Set In Place For Implementing New Voter ID Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rules-being-set-place-implementing-new-voter-id-law <p></p><p>The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday approved rules for enforcing a new law requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls. It takes effect in January.</p><p>Meanwhile Alex Reed, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, says they’re making arrangements to provide free ID cards for those who, for one reason or another, don’t have one.</p><p>A contract with a company to provide machines to make the cards was signed Tuesday.&nbsp; It’s hoped they’ll be in use by the beginning of Decmeber.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:17:31 +0000 Michael Hibblen 9952 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Rules Being Set In Place For Implementing New Voter ID Law Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/gun-owners-promote-open-carry-demonstration-fort-smith <p>Gun advocates, who want to roll back certain restrictions on firearms, plan on holding a demonstration in Fort Smith on Saturday.</p><p><a href="http://www.arkansascarry.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arkansas Carry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a nonprofit organization that supports gun owners, promotes the Second Amendment, and backs efforts to remove bans on the open carry of handguns in the state.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:24:54 +0000 Malcolm Glover 9937 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith Meeting Set On Arkansas Veterans Home http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/meeting-set-arkansas-veterans-home <p>A legislative task force is scheduled to meet to discuss the location of a proposed home for Arkansas veterans.</p><p>The group is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.</p><p>The panel is to make recommendations on the size, location, design and funding for a new facility.</p><p>The 22-member group is looking to replace a Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.</p><p>Legislators earlier set aside $7.5 million from the state surplus to help pay for the new facility.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:56:30 +0000 Associated Press 9034 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Legislators Mull Risk Private Option Poses To Community Health Centers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/legislators-mull-risk-private-option-poses-community-health-centers <p>Community health clinics, which provide services to the neediest Arkansans, are objecting to one aspect of the private option.</p><p>At a hearing Thursday, the leaders of several clinics told state lawmakers that a waiver included in the plan will cut into reimbursements so deeply that some won’t be able to stay open.</p><p>But some Republicans dispute whether they will indeed be affected.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:38:40 +0000 Michael Hibblen 8530 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Legislators Mull Risk Private Option Poses To Community Health Centers Hearing Set On Health Overhaul In Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-set-health-overhaul-arkansas <p>Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.</p><p>The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment.</p><p>The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.</p><p>Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:45:26 +0000 Associated Press 8488 at http://ualrpublicradio.org AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ag-mcdaniel-addresses-lawmakers-executions <p></p><p>Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.</p><p>McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.</p><p>Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.</p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:52:30 +0000 Associated Press 8448 at http://ualrpublicradio.org AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions