As ice melted on state Capitol grounds Tuesday, tensions surrounding the 'private option' alternative to Medicaid expansion were also thawing inside. The appropriation bill for the program passed in the House of Representatives on a 76 to 24 vote.
After more than a week of delaying a 5th vote on funding the private option, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed the measure Tuesday on a 76 to 24 vote. A minority of lawmakers in the House had prevented the funding bill for the Department of Human Services Division of Medical Services from reaching a three-fourths supermajority to pass out of that chamber, but three lawmakers switched their previous “no” votes to “yes” votes.
A Circuit Judge from Conway is under scrutiny for allegedly posting inappropriate comments on a message board for Louisiana State University sports fans. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman followed up with one person making those claims.
The Supreme Court appears likely to rule for police officers in Arkansas who were involved in a car chase that ended with the deaths of the driver and his passenger.
No one on the court in arguments Tuesday seemed inclined to affirm an appeals court ruling allowing a civil lawsuit by the driver's daughter to proceed against six West Memphis, Ark., police officers. Police fatally shot driver Donald Rickard and passenger Kelly Allen in a chaotic scene on a Memphis street following a chase that began across the Mississippi River in Arkansas.
Hot Springs' city manager says the cleanup of the torn-down Majestic Hotel complex will happen as quickly as possible.
The historic, vacant hotel was destroyed in a fire last week and the city opted to tear down the building for the safety of the public. City Manager David Watkins says the city will not let the cleanup efforts "drag out" over several months.
This week: Interviews with Arkansas Senator Jane English and director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Shane Broadway about how healthcare, jobs training and college are all interconnected. Also, and interview with Wayne Woods and Darin Grey of Little Rock advertising firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
While the Arkansas House did convene Monday the chamber had some noticeable vacancies as several representatives did not come to the Capitol due to adverse weather conditions. Re-authorizing funds for the private option was not discussed in the legislature but Republican House Speaker Davy Carter told Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas he is still confident funding will be approved.
The one-week filing period for members of Arkansas' political parties has ended with 412 candidates entering elections this year. The Secretary of State's office says 19 people entered races before Monday's noon deadline. Candidates for non-partisan positions, such as judicial positions, have until 3 p.m. Monday to file paperwork with the state.