Arkansas lawmakers say they are continuing to look at expanding health coverage to those in Arkansas who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money made available through the Affordable Care Act.
State lawmakers learned two weeks ago that they have the option of covering those who would benefit from the expansion with private insurance rather than putting them directly on Medicaid.
All kinds of farms operate on the Buffalo River Watershed, and have for generations, but a new industrial swine farm – the first of its kind in the state – is under construction in Newton County. And as Jacqueline Froelich with KUAF reports, that has some concerned.
Arkansas lawmakers are proposing regulations on the use of devices that photograph license plates.
Democratic Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville and Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena filed legislation Monday that would restrict who can use so-called license plate readers.
The bill would also limit how long data captured by license plate readers could be kept.
The legislation comes after The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Little Rock police have a license plate reader, but don't have a policy spelling out how long the department keeps the data.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's reviewing constitutional concerns that have been raised about a bill to require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.
Carter said Monday that some lawmakers told him they plan to object to the bill on the grounds that it failed to capture a two-thirds majority of votes - 24 votes - when it passed the Senate on a 23-12 vote last month.
An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing extending in-state tuition rates to some students who entered the U.S. illegally.
Little Rock Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott filed a bill Monday that would grant in-state tuition rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.
Monday is the deadline for lawmakers to file legislation.