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5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Legislature: Details Filed On $100 Million Tax Cut & Possible Delays To Past Cuts

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam speaking to reporters after the inauguration of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Legislative leaders filed details Wednesday for a bill mirroring much of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature campaign promise, a $100 million tax cut for the middle class. An agenda for 90th General Assembly is beginning to take shape.

Senate President Jonathan Dismang (R-Searcy) said he hopes to bring the three-page tax cut proposal before lawmakers as early as next week. The move would precede both the Governor’s promised address on health care reform, and his comprehensive budget proposal.

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5:41 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Community Forum To Address Policing and Racial Profiling

As African American communities continue to confront the reality of strained relations with police departments around the nation, a similar movement is taking place in Little Rock. On Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a community forum and film screening called "Law, Order and Community."

The goal is to provide for a “cleansing and productive dialogue” on relations between communities and law enforcement.

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5:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Sign-Up Deadline Approaching For Arkansans Seeking Health Coverage

Credit healthcare.gov

Arkansans who are still looking to sign up for health coverage on the Insurance Marketplace have about one month to due so. For those who want their coverage to begin on February 1st, the deadline is Thursday. So far, at least 51,801 Arkansans have signed up for coverage on healthcare.gov. About 53,000 residents signed up for coverage during the last open enrollment period.

Seth Blomely, Communications and Policy Research Manager at the Arkansas Insurance Department says the current open enrollment period is going more smoothly this time around.

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4:57 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor Hutchinson Orders Hiring Freeze, Regulation Review

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing one of two executive orders issued Wednesday.
Credit Governor's Office

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered a hiring freeze for most state agencies and is requiring that any new rules or regulations go before his office for approval.

Hutchinson issued the two executive orders on Wednesday, his first full day as Arkansas' governor. The Republican ex-congressman was sworn in Tuesday as the state's 46th governor.

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3:53 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Bank CEO Darrin Williams Appointed To Little Rock Tech Park Board

The Little Rock Technology Park announced that Darrin Williams was appointed to the Authority’s Board effective immediately. Williams is the CEO of Arkadelphia-based Southern Bancorp and is a former State Representative from Little Rock.

Williams will complete the term of Bob Johnson, who resigned from the Board on November 12, 2014.

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson said the appointment of Darrin Williams was based on his outstanding leadership in the Little Rock community and his distinguished record in public service.

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3:48 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Arkansas U.S. House Delegation Votes To Stop Executive Order On Immigration

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (4th District) speaking in 2013 at the Arkansas Capitol when he was a State Rep.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas’s new delegation in the U.S. House voted in unison Wednesday on a funding bill intended to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from following President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

4th District Representative Bruce Westerman took to the floor for his first time ever to address an amendment related to the funding bill. Westerman objected both to the President’s policy and the fact it came through an executive order.

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2:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Arkansas Panel Reviewing Salaries Decides Benchmark States

The Arkansas panel reviewing elected officials' salaries has chosen five states it will use as a comparison for its decisions: Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The Independent Citizens Commission chose those states Wednesday. Commission members must meet a Feb. 2 deadline to decide whether Arkansas' top elected officials, lawmakers and judges should get raises.

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1:10 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Comment Period Extended On 3 Air Pollution Regulations

The period for written public comments on three air pollution control regulations has been extended until Feb. 17. Arkansas environmental officials announced the extension on Wednesday.

Officials say the proposed changes are necessary in order to adopt the EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for things like lead, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone.

The proposed changes will give the state the authority to implement air pollution control programs and to issue permits.

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12:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

LRSD Hopes To Discuss Options For Avoiding State Takeover With ADE

LRSD board members discuss options for maintaining local control of the school district at a meeting Tuesday night.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Little Rock School District leadership is making a final push to avoid a state takeover of the district. The Arkansas State Board of Education will meet on January 28 to decide if the state should take over the entire district, just its six schools categorized in academic distress, or to allow district leadership to continue in place.

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11:49 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Legislative Leader Outlines Bill For Hutchinson Tax Cut Plan

Sen. Jonathan Dismang
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas Senate President Jonathan Dismang says he hopes to bring Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut taxes for the middle class by $100 million a year before lawmakers as soon as next week.

Dismang on Wednesday detailed the legislation outlining Hutchinson's tax cut plan. He said the legislation mirrors Hutchinson's campaign promise to cut taxes for the middle class, with the reduction taking effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Hutchinson, a Republican, was sworn in Tuesday as Arkansas' 46th governor.

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