Lawmakers are trying to figure out how Arkansas' prison system can carry out death sentences.
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees took up the matter when they met Tuesday in Little Rock.
The state hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.
Arkansas' prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs and some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging Arkansas' new execution law in court.
Lawmakers want to hear from the head of a state board that voted this year to allow more than a dozen Arkansas school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.
Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met jointly with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Hutchinson said the head of the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies was supposed to meet with the committees on Tuesday. But that board's chairman, Ralph Sims, missed the meeting.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock for two alleged violations that OSHA says exposes workers to possible amputation hazards.
OSHA is proposing a $77.000 fine. Phone calls and emails to the Little Rock plant and Welspun headquarters in India were not immediately returned.
OSHA said in a news release Tuesday that the company failed to use electrical equipment in accordance with manufacturer instructions and failed to install equipment to prevent pipes from moving and crushing workers.
A new report by the Data Quality Campaign, or DQC, highlights the work done in Arkansas to improve student achievement through the use of educational data.
The DQC is a nonpartisan national advocacy group and its recent state-by-state analysis offers new details about the way Arkansas elected officials, teachers, and school administrators have instituted data-sharing policies that aid student performance in early childhood education, K – 12, and postsecondary schools. Aimee Guidera oversees the work of the DQC.