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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 15:25:00

Senate pulls campus carry bill from committee and approves it

Rep. Charlie Collins' to allow concealed weapons on college campuses has broken out of a Senate trap and reached the Senate floor today with a new amendment and is heading to a final vote.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 14:30:00

House passes bill to force building sales to charter schools

The Arkansas House today took another vote on the bill to force public school districts to sell vacant buildings to charter schools and today it passed 53-32.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:13:00

Gas tax proposals start moving in House committee

The House Public Transportation Committee this morning began work on proposals to increase the gas tax for highways.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:07:00

School voucher bill clears House committee

The House Education Committee today, after a couple of hours of debate, approved a bill to create a school voucher program in Arkansas.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:27:00

Legislation to opt out of punitive section of federal welfare law advances

Hey, hey. The legislature took a break beating up on poor people today. The House Judiciary Committee advanced on a voice vote a bill that would have Arkansas opt out of a section in President Clinton's sweeping 1996 welfare reform law.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:03:00

Charter school building takeover bill falls a vote short

The House Thursday failed by one contested vote to pass SB 308 to force public school districts to sell or lease vacant school buildings to charter schools. It will likely get another vote and enjoys powerful backing.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 11:48:00

Effort to open dark money to sunlight defeated in committee

Rep. Clarke Tucker took his bill to provide transparency on campaign spending to the House State Agencies committee today. Opposed by one of the biggest source of dark money spending in America, it failed on a voice vote.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 19:45:00

Another voucher expansion bill clears House panel

A bill that would expand a special-needs education voucher program to include foster children passed on a voice vote with some dissent in the House Education Committee Wednesday.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 14:25:00

Bill would prevent school districts from selling unused buildings to anyone other than charter operators for two years

A bill that would grant Arkansas charter schools the right to use “unused or underutilized” public school buildings advanced out of the House Education Committee late Monday afternoon on a voice vote with some dissent, drawing criticism from some opponents of the bill who cried foul at the unusual timing of the committee's action.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:08:00

Linda Collins-Smith's boundless love of guns: Some facts

Is Sen. Linda Collins-Smith pro-gun enough? Take a look.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 16:04:00

Legislation repudiates Supreme Court ruling on marriage

The Arkansas legislature refuses to accept the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages as the last word on the subject. 21 legislators have sponsored a bill to re-enact the ban.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - 15:53:00

House passes whistleblower punishment bill

By a 67-10 vote, the House today passed HB 1665 to allow lawsuits against people who take unauthorized video on commercial property.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - 14:59:00

A win for pot smokers; delay on wine bill

The Senate today rejected a bill to ban smoking of medical marijuana. On another topic, a bill to expand wine sales seems to have run into significant liquor store opposition.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - 14:18:00

Governor announces big changes in Medicaid expansion

Arkansas it would seem is about to throw thousands of people off the rolls of those who got Medicaid coverage under the expansion financed by Obamacare.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:32:00

Ark. Tech students talk about sex? Cut off their money, Rep. Mary Bentley suggests

Rep. Mary Bentley is NOT happy to learn that adult students at Arkansas Tech plan a midday meeting to talk about sexual matters this week.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 09:27:00

Legislation targets undercover whistleblowers

The Humane Society is sounding the alarm about a bill pending in the legislature that it says is aimed at squelching whistleblowers who gather undercover video of improper practices in workplaces,.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 19:49:00

Bill to give state more input on campus sexual assault advances

A bill that would require the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create an action plan for addressing sexual assault on college campuses advanced out of the House Education committee on Thursday on a voice vote with no dissent.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 07:29:00

Tim Griffin for Trump administration? Wonder what Bud Cummins thinks?

Tim Griffin for a spot in the Trump administration? He's reportedly under consideration for Army secretary. One wonders what Bud Cummins, who lost a federal job on account of Griffin and was an early Trump leader in Arkansas, has to say about THAT.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 19:32:00

Rapert running into Clinton hate resistance

Word is that Jason Rapert is getting no traction on a bill to strip the Clinton name from Little Rock's airport.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 19:19:00

Equal rights for LGBT people: Call the roll

Should Arkansas civil rights law protect LGBT people? Of course it should. A new piece of legislation would guarantee it. Good luck with that.

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