Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says a proposal to suspend a ban on fundraising during this year's legislative session will not go before representatives next week.
Carter on Friday said he didn't plan on convening the House for a caucus to consider allowing members to raise campaign money during the fiscal session. The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended suspending the ban.
The House and Senate are set to convene Monday for a session focused primarily on the state's budget.
Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned last year after an FBI investigation alleged she had been accepting bribes, was presented with new charges late Thursday afternoon. A federal grand jury is charging Shoffner with ten counts of mail fraud related to the misuse of campaign funds.
These latest allegations are in addition to six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion, and seven counts of receiving bribes - contained in pie boxes.
Gov. Mike Beebe says damage to private and public property during this week's winter weather was bad enough to qualify as an emergency.
The governor issued a proclamation Thursday suspending some purchasing laws so state agencies can aid local governments impacted by ice and snow that has fallen since the weekend. Arkansas' governors have power to issue emergency executive orders when warranted.
Thursday marks the kick-off for the Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, Arkansas.
Southern Bancorp and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to revitalize downtown Helena by matching investments to eligible commercial or residential development projects up to $100,000.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who is stepping down at the end of his current term, says he is considering a run for lieutenant governor of Arkansas.
The 2nd district Republican had cited family concerns when he announced last year he would not run for re-election. In an interview with KUAR, Griffin said the lieutenant governor’s position would be ideal.
An Arkansas House panel is recommending that the chamber suspend its ban on raising campaign funds during the upcoming legislative session.
The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended that the chamber suspend a rule barring members from raising money from the fiscal session that begins Monday. Suspending the rule will require a two-thirds vote among members present before the House convenes.
The proposal replaces the panel's recommendation last week that the rule be changed to allow fundraising by candidates for federal office.