Arkansas House lawmakers are weighing a proposal to rewrite Arkansas' school choice law that was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.
The House Education Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring district for a variety of reasons. One of the rationales could be promoting greater racial integration in the receiving school.
Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says he hopes to reach agreement by the end of the week with Gov. Mike Beebe and House leaders on a tax cut package.
Lamoureux told reporters Wednesday that legislative leaders are still discussing what would be in that tax cut agreement - but he hoped to have a deal soon. House Speaker Davy Carter has called on lawmakers to approve $150 million in tax cuts, while Lamoureux has said he thinks $100 million in cuts is more likely.
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman are carefully considering possible proposals for a comprehensive immigration reform package in the Senate.
Though there is new momentum for the reform effort, some Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are concerned that their colleagues may be moving too fast. They want more hearings on the proposal before the committee votes on it.
Senator Pryor says the bipartisan bill could be filed in April or May.
The Arkansas House has approved a bill intended to remove party politics from the election of state prosecutors.
The lawmakers on Wednesday voted 63-24 to pass a bill making the state's 28 elected prosecuting attorneys nonpartisan positions. Candidates would no longer be listed on the ballot as Democrats or Republicans.
The bill calls for the state to collect prosecutor candidates' filing fees instead of political parties.
A huge sinkhole appeared overnight in early March on a historic farm in Springtown in southwestern Benton County. No one was hurt, nor were any structures involved in the collapse. But as Jacqueline Froelich with station KUAF reports, the unique and ecologically sensitive site remains at risk.