Arkansas Legislature

The latest news about the Arkansas Legislature.

U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman during his time in the Arkansas Legislature.
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The House Revenue and Tax Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would cap state spending.

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  A House Committee is advancing a bill that would let state colleges and universities decide whether to let permitted faculty and staff carry concealed handguns on campus.

The House Education Committee passed Representative Charley Collins’ bill Tuesday on a voice vote. Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says his bill is a preventative solution.

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Lawmakers may soon have a new tool aimed at rooting out fraud and corruption in state government.

A House committee today advanced legislation that would pay a reward to any state employee who reports waste or inefficiency. That employee would stand to receive 10 percent of any savings the state gains from their report.

  Republican Representative Nate Bell of Mena says he sees his bill is a safeguard.

File photo. State. Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) with former State Representative Anne Clemmer testifying to a committee in 2013.
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After tabling the issue, a House committee is advancing a bill that would ban most abortions in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

Senator Jason Rapert’s bill seeks to prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

It passed the Senate but was tabled in a House committee until a lunchtime hearing Thursday, when it was brought back up with two amendments.

Governor Beebe with Reporters
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New legislation on how the state must execute its death row inmates is on its way to a House committee after passing the Senate 33-0 Thursday.

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
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A Senate committee is advancing a law that would provide new instructions for how the state administers the death penalty.

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Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.
 

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Governor Mike Beebe hopes Arkansas will not have to carry a disproportionate amount of the burden as President Obama and Congress work on a compromise for avoiding the fiscal cliff, should negotiations fail.

Beebe was back in Little Rock Wednesday after a meeting with President Obama, alongside other governors Tuesday at the White House.

The 90 minute meeting with the president also included five other governors, representing both parties and offering the states’ perspectives on negotiations.

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