U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, a Democrat, says he would support a Republican planned filibuster of gun control legislation that is expected to reach the Senate floor Thursday.
Though some of his colleagues are negotiating over several compromise bills, Pryor says the current bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee is too broad and it’s not workable. He says the filibuster might extend the process so the legislation can be shaped by more lawmakers.
An Arkansas House Committee passed a proposal Wednesday to offer $125 million to a steel company to locate in the state.
The House Agriculture and Economic Development Commission advanced on a voice vote a bill that would give the state the authority to use state money for economic development to provide infrastructure, training and tax credits for Big River Steel, which would be located in Osceola.
State Economic Development Director Grant Tennille told lawmakers the plan isn’t without risk, but whether it fails or not, would be an economic benefit to the state.
Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss bill to expand private health insurance coverage for people with income 138 % below the Federal Property Level.
Senator Jonathan Dismang, (Rep) from Beebe is the sponsor for one bill to expand coverage.
"There's a lot of discussion that individuals want to have about the actuarial study that was released last week. So my understanding is we're trying to simplified those spread sheets so it's more understandable and the folks from DHS will be on hand to help answer questions,” said Dismang.
Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.
Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola gave his State of the City Address Tuesday, assuring its citizens that high crime rates are being dealt with. He also said revitalization projects continue to beautify the city, and public services will continue helping thousands of people.
Mayor Stodola highlighted improvements the city has made during the last year, but also discussed aspects that still need some work. In particular, he said the criminal justice system needs to do a better job to keep “career burglars and thieves” locked up.
Some Arkansans are demanding accountability from state lawmakers, and this past weekend they turned out in hundreds to protest recently passed legislation. Protesters gathered at the capitol to express disapproval of newly-passed reproductive laws in Arkansas.
Signs saying things like “may the choice be with you” and “mind your business” floated high above the crowd. Arkansans attended the rally at the capitol this Saturday, they say, in support of women’s rights and, as many protesters noted, human rights in general.