A House panel has approved exempting chicken-breeding houses and other farm structures from sales taxes on utilities, a cut that state finance officials say will cost about $10 million a year.
The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced the legislation Thursday. It's the first major tax cut approved by the panel this session.
The measure would exempt several types of agricultural structures from sales taxes on electricity, natural gas and other utilities. The proposal heads to the House for a vote as legislative leaders are negotiating a package of tax cuts.
Horse racing is well underway at Oaklawn in Hot Springs and there are only a few major events left before the racing season ends April 13th. According to Jennifer Hoyt with the racetrack, the much anticipated Rebel Stakes begins this Saturday.
“The Rebel Stakes race has a purse of $600,000 and this year there is 85 points available for horses that are looking to make the Kentucky Derby,” said Hoyt. “This is our last big prep-race for horses wanting to make the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby beyond that.”
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he’s once again filing a bill that would mandate a 4-year review of all energy programs and energy needs in the country.
Pryor, a Democrat, said the measure received bipartisan support last year, but he’s still trying to gain support from Republican lawmakers this time around. Because of fracking and horizontal drilling, Pryor says there is now an abundance of natural gas in Arkansas, but…
A bill that would direct a portion of the state’s general revenue to pay for highways in the years to come has many in state education and higher education programs worried they’ll lose a portion of their funding in the future.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, says some general revenue needs to shift to highways because revenue sources like the state’s fuel tax aren’t keeping the state’s highways adequately funded for upkeep.
The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would require state voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.
The measure passed on a 51-44 vote Wednesday. The bill still has to go before the Senate for final passage. The upper chamber will have to concur on an amendment for the legislation to go to Gov. Mike Beebe.
A lawmaker says removing race as the main factor in deciding whether a student can transfer to another district would give parents more control on educational choices for their children, but opponents warn the idea could lead to segregation.
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday debated Republican Sen. Johnny Key's proposal to rewrite a 1989 school choice law that a federal judge struck down last year.
Key's proposal removes the part of the law that the judge rejected.
A House panel says that a bill requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification can be approved by the Legislature on a simple majority vote, rejecting arguments from opponents that the state's constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority on the measure.
The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend to the speaker that voter ID bill was properly referred to the House from the Senate on a 23-12 vote, one vote shy of a two-thirds majority.