Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
4:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Gov. Beebe Disapproves Lt. Gov. Darr's Actions

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr is standing by his decision to sign a bill into law while Governor Mike Beebe was out of the state on business. Act 145 bans the public release of concealed handgun license records.

The bill would have become law with or without a signature since Beebe didn't veto it, but Darr wanted it put into effect immediately. Beebe says the lieutenant governor embarrassed himself by doing this. "I will be much more careful, [because] people like that you have to watch. You can't turn your back on them" he said. 

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State Tax Policy
3:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Speaker Makes Committee Appearances, Calls For Tax Cuts

Members of the House Revenue and Tax Committee look on as Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) calls for a time sensitive look at tax cuts.
Credit 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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1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Poll: Asa Hutchinson Is The Front-Runner For Governor In 2014

A new poll shows that in the 2014 Governor’s race, Republican Asa Hutchinson has an early lead over two potential Democratic rivals, Mike Ross and Bill Halter.
In the 2014 Governor's race, Republican Asa Hutchinson has an early lead over two potential Democratic rivals, Mike Ross and Bill Halter. The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of 675 Arkansas voters gauges public opinion in head-to-head match-ups between Hutchinson and Halter and Hutchinson and Ross.
Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

New Survey: Arkansans Divided On Concealed Weapons Bill

A survey released Friday by Talk Business and Hendrix College finds by a slight margin that most respondents support a bill that would allow weapons to be carried on college campuses by licensed faculty and staff. 

49% are in favor of the proposal, while 43-percent are against it.  Roby Brock with Talk Business Arkansas says it shows that gun rights issues remain a divisive topic.  

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Arkansas Among Six States To Receive $42 Million Health Care Grant

Governor Mike Beebe met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington DC this Friday to discuss how low-income Arkansans can purchase insurance without going on expanded Medicaid. 

Arkansas is one of six states to be awarded a $42 million dollar grant for a new health care initiative. Beebe says the plan will address preventative care, as well as existing chronic conditions. 

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Local & Regional News
2:06 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Darr Signs Bill Making Concealed Carry List Private

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signing the bill that makes the concealed carry list private, surrounded by Sen. Bruce Holland (left) and Rep. Andy Davis (right).
Credit Lieutenant Governor's office

With Gov. Mike Beebe out of state attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Friday signed into law a bill that makes private a list of people who can carry concealed weapons in Arkansas.

Gov. Beebe had said he would not sign the bill, but also would not veto it, which would allow it to become law five days after reaching his desk.

But in his role as Acting Governor, Darr signed it into law, saying in a written statement that he felt there should be no delay.

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Guns
3:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ark. Handgun List To Go Secret Without Governor's Signature

Governor Mike Beebe is neither vetoing, nor signing a law to make a list of concealed handgun permit holders a secret.

Instead, he’ll let the law take effect without his signature.

Matt DeCample, the Governor’s spokesman said Thursday that the Governor is against the law, because he says there hasn’t been any instances of permit holders being victimized due to their information being out there.

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Voter ID
2:28 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Arkansas Voter ID Requirement Passes Senate

Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) questioning Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) on whether a current Voter ID bill would have stopped a voter fraud he said was committed against him.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

A bill that would require voters in Arkansas to show a valid picture ID when casting a ballot is moving to a House committee after the Senate passed it this Wednesday.

Senator Bryan King, a Republican from Green Forest, sponsored the bill. He says it will make voters more confident in the voting process.

“We know that photo ID is an everyday part of life, that you have to use a photo ID to get on a plane, you have to use a photo ID to get a library card, it’s just an everyday part of life,” King said.

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Local & Regional News
2:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Lt. Gov. Halter Speaks Out Against Proposed Lottery Scholarship Changes

Former Lt. Governor Bill Halter

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter disagrees with the House and Rules Committee’s bill to decrease the amount of lottery funded scholarships awarded to college students across Arkansas.

He says over 100,000 students have already benefited from the $4,500 awarded to them each year, with freshman enrollment of Arkansas students increasing significantly since instating the scholarship program. 

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Local & Regional News
2:10 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Guns In Church Bill Passes In House And Senate

Governor Mike Beebe says he will sign the bill allowing concealed weapons in Arkansas's churches if it reaches his desk. Both the Senate and the House have passed the legislation, with the latter approving it Monday.

The bill, proposed by Republican Senator Bryan King of Green Forest, lifts the previously established ban on guns in places of worship.Arkansas, along with nine other states, does not allow them. KUAR News called more than 30 churches with many pastors not wanting to comment on the potentially divisive issue.

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