An Arkansas lawmaker says she's changing her proposal that would have extended cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally.
Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott has struggled to find support for the bill and said Tuesday that she'll amend it to leave it up to each institution to determine its criteria for extending in-state tuition.
The change will require the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up the rules for the in-state rates, and would require them to be consistent with state and federal law.
Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) said to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Tuesday that the best option for Arkansans once the Affordable Care Act is fully in effect will be to have the "private option" of Medicaid insurance expansion in place.
The state House will get to vote on legislation that would allow the state to provide health insurance to roughly 250,000 low income Arkansans after the House public health committee advanced it Tuesday.
There was audible opposition to the voice vote, but the bill will make it to the full House, where it will need 51 votes for approval. However, it will also need a budget appropriation for full implementation and that takes a tougher 75 votes.
The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to abortion providers, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.
The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday for the bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to abortion providers or entities that refer women to abortion providers. The proposal would not affect Medicaid money.
Planned Parenthood officials say the bill could affect doctors and entities such as rape crisis centers if they refer women to abortion providers.
Amtrak announced Tuesday that ridership is the highest it has ever been in the railroad’s history. October, December and January set individual records and in the past 6 months ridership has grown by one percent.
Spokesman Mark Magliani says they have been struggling with capacity issues, but are working to add stops and routes.
This first stage of development costs about $67 million and included extensive renovations to the ticket lobby, a state-of-the-art baggage system, and renaming the airport to honor the legacy of the former president and the former secretary of state.
Airport Commission Chairman Kay Kelley Arnold says the Clintons are expected to attend the official dedication ceremony on May 3.
Republican Representative John Burris of Harrison told his colleagues in the Arkansas House on Monday that the state could be an example to other states of how to overhaul Medicaid if it approves a new private option of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The House met Monday specifically to discuss a bill that would allow the state to expand health coverage through private insurance for roughly 250,000 Arkansans who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money.