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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 19:00:00

Ruling on Medicaid work requirement expected by end of March, judge says

At the end of the hearings, Judge Boasberg said he hoped to issue rulings in both the Arkansas and Kentucky cases by the end of the month.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 16:09:00

Details released on a $100 million tax cut proposal to be paid with increased tobacco taxes

Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren and other legislators will announce today a plan for a $100 million income tax cut for low- and middle-income taxpayers with the revenue loss offset by increases in cigarette and vape taxes.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 15:31:00

The inevitability of Beto

Robert "Beto" O'Rourke announced he is joining the field for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. It comes as no surprise to those paying attention. There was speculation from some the former Representative from Texas might hold off and challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in 2020, but Beto O'Rourke is going for the big win.

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Today's headlines: Death of tenant protection and a curb on food stamps

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 15:11:00

Arkansas senators back Trump on emergency declaration

More evidence that Arkansas is ruled by the Trump Party. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton voted to support Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. They were on the losing side.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 14:41:00

Thursday: Legislative lowlights and the open line

The legislature again dominates the news roundup. Here's the open line.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 14:15:00

Practicing medicine by Google again wins favor in abortion bill vote

A House committee today approved legislation adding an additional burden to women seeking to terminate an abortion by medication in the first eight to 10 weeks of pregnancy — being informed of an unproven contention that the two-pill procedure can be "reversed."

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:52:00

Marching for the minimum wage

A group rallied at the Capitol today in support of retaining the voter approved increase in the minimum wage.

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Today's headlines: Death of tenant protection and a curb on food stamps

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:30:00

Supreme Court rejects rehearing on Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance

As expected, the Arkansas Supreme Court today denied without comment a request that it reconsider its earlier decisions holding a Fayetteville ordinance extending civil rights protection to LGBT people was in conflict with state law.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:12:00

Senate committee approves bill to loosen regulation of liquid animal waste

A Senate committee today SB 550 to transfer regulation of liquid animal waste from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 08:25:00

Legislature has a beef with labeling lab-grown protein as meat

So many bills, so little time. Here's another example, highlighted for me by an opponent of legislation that has now passed both the House and Senate to prevent labeling of lab-grown products as "meat."

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 08:01:00

Lundstrum tries to kill rental tenant protection bill

Rep. Robin Lundstrum, fresh off a sneak attack on the voter-approved minimum wage law, mounted another evening coup attempt Wednesday, this time an effort to kill the bill to provide a guarantee of habitable housing for renters.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 17:19:00

Arkansas takes the lead on abortion bans — for now

The House today sent to the governor a ban on abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, which the Associated Press says will be the most severe abortion ban in the country. But wait ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 16:24:00

Legislators file bill to return local control to Little Rock School District

Six Little Rock legislators have filed a bill that would provide a pathway to return of local control of the Little Rock School District, taken over by the state more than four years ago for low test scores in six of four dozen schools.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 15:12:00

Wednesday: The open line and news headlines

Here's the open line. Also the daily video with the latest in legislative foolishness. For video followers on Facebook: That platform has been largely non-functional today for videos.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 15:04:00

With heated opposition brewing, governor and Republican Party oppose minimum wage rollback

The blowback on Rep. Robin Lundstrum's sneak attack last night on the voter-approved minimum wage increase has been fierce, enough that the governor and Republican Party have distanced themselves from her efforts.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 13:47:00

A new day dawns for ballot petitions

David Couch, the Little Rock lawyer with long experience in ballot initiatives, has received formal notice that the world of people power has changed.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 13:20:00

Flag bill survives killing motion UPDATE

The House State Agencies Committee this morning declined to approve a motion by Rep. Jack Ladyman (R-Jonesboro) to table Rep. Charles Blake's HB 1736 to redesignate the symbols of the stars on the Arkansas flag to eliminate the Confederacy as underpinning one star.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:53:00

Former Little Rock ICE officer reveals forgery on warrants for detained immigrants

CNN reports today on the discovery by a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer in Little Rock of a widespread practice of forging arrest warrants for suspected unauthorized immigrants.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:42:00

Senate committee approves curb on edible and drinkable medical marijuana UPDATE

A Senate committee today approved legislation aimed at discouraging the sale of medical marijuana in a way to appeal to children.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:25:00

Committee rejects bill to expand use of judge on election ballots

The House State Agencies Committee today rejected a bill widely understood to be backed by Republican Party Chair Doyle Webb to allow people who'd once served by appointment as judges to identify themselves as judges on election ballots.

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