Arkansas Legislature

The latest news about the Arkansas Legislature.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

Arkansas Increase In Minimum Wage Fails In Committee

Mar 5, 2013
Arkansas Capitol
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An effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage failed to make it out of a House committee Tuesday. The measure by Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono would have increased the state's minimum wage by two dollars to $8.25 for all employees, except part-time student workers at universities.

“I don’t think the facts will show that the minimum wage increase is really harmful to the economy,” said Wilkins.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Contract On Medicaid

Mar 5, 2013
Arkansas Capitol
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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $220,000 contract with a consultant to review Medicaid and other public assistance programs, despite objections from Democrats over the way the agreement was handled.

Gov. Mike Beebe issued his second veto of this year’s legislative session Monday and again it was an abortion-related bill.

Gov. Mike Beebe today vetoed legislation that would prohibit most abortions after 12 weeks. The governor, in his veto letter, said Senate Bill 134 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, “would blatantly violate the United State Constitution” if it became law.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate is advancing a bill to Governor Mike Beebe that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  This comes immediately after the upper chamber voted Thursday morning to override the Governor’s veto of a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks.

Representative Andy Mayberry, a Republican from Hensley, sponsored the 20-week ban. He says it’s been a personal mission.

Now that lawmakers know the state can opt to insure individuals eligible for a federal Medicaid expansion on private insurance exchanges, lawmakers in both parties are indicating expansion may be more likely for Arkansas.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed HB 1037, also known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent," the Governor said in a written statement Tuesday.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A bill that promises to reign in state government growth advanced out of committee Tuesday, for the second time.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter is calling on lawmakers to make $150 million in tax cuts this session.

The Republican from Cabot visited the House Judiciary, Public Health and Revenue and Tax Committees Tuesday morning reminding each committee of the time frame of the legislative session.

In the House Revenue and Tax Committee he told lawmakers he was counting on them to wade through the over $2 billion in tax cuts they have before them in a timely manner. He said not all tax cuts will be possible.

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