A group of Arkansas pastors is calling on U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor to reconsider their opposition to expanded background checks for firearms sales.
Six pastors planned to urge Boozman and Pryor at a news conference in North Little Rock to reconsider the measure they opposed in April. Boozman is a first-term Republican who was elected in 2010. Pryor is a two-term Democrat seeking re-election next year.
The pastors will speak at New Beginnings New Birth Ministry in North Little Rock.
A group pushing to repeal an insurance expansion approved by Arkansas lawmakers earlier this year says it won't have enough signatures to put the proposal before voters in 2014.
The head of Arkansans Against Big Government said Wednesday that his group won't have the 46,880 signatures needed to place a referendum before voters on the plan to use Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.
Lawmakers approved the "private option" as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.
A license to allow some teachers and staff in the Clarksville School District to carry concealed handguns and work as armed guards was suspended Wednesday. The vote by the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies came in the wake of an opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that using the licensing law to arm staff violates state law.
A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.
The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.