A Senate panel has rejected measures that would have prohibited using campaign funds to buy tickets to another candidate's event and barred campaign contributions from businesses sharing the same majority owner.
On Tuesday, the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected by a voice vote the campaign finance measures by Democratic Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia.
The first proposal was aimed at preventing campaigns from transferring funds to another candidate by purchasing tickets to fundraisers and other events.
A House committee has approved legislation that would change the way Arkansas approves charter school applications.
The House Education Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would designate the state Education Department and not the Board of Education as the primary authorizer of charter schools. The proposal by Republican Rep. Mark Biviano of Searcy now heads to the House for a vote.
Fetal heartbeat laws are already under consideration by legislatures in Ohio, Kansas and North Dakota, and have a good chance of passage in the coming year, their proponents believe, even though legal experts say they have little chance of surviving in federal courts. Similar proposals are less far along in Kentucky, Mississippi and Wyoming.
A proposal to allow the open carry of handguns in some parts of Arkansas has once again failed to clear a House panel.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 10-5 in favor of the measure, falling one vote short of the majority needed to advance to the full House. The bill failed before the panel by a two-vote margin last month.
The proposal would have allowed open carry in unincorporated areas of the state and would have protected concealed carry permit-holders who inadvertently display their weapons.
The Arkansas Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday a $7 million settlement has been reached with internet search giant Google over allegations it collected data from unsecured wireless networks.
The AG’s office says the information was collected by Google’s Street View cars, which took images for geolocation services.
Google acknowledges information gathered may have included addresses of requested web pages, email communications, as well as confidential or private information transmitted as the Google Street View cars were passing.
A new bill that seeks to prevent the federal government from regulating firearms in Arkansas is scheduled to go before a state House committee Tuesday morning. But many think it’s clearly unconstitutional.
State Representative Bob Ballinger, a Republican from Hindsville, is the sponsor of the bill.
“We are not going to allow for any more federal regulations of firearms in Arkansas," Ballinger told a crowd gathered for a Second Amendment rally in front of the Arkansas Capitol February 8.
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.