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February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Senate Proposes Attorney Fee Limits

    FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – February 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. The measure is Senate Joint Resolution 8. The Senate vote is a ...

December, 2016

  • 9 December

    State Continues to Face Challenges in Juvenile Justice System

    From Senator Larry Teague December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas lawmakers face an ongoing challenge to improve the state juvenile justice system. The latest issue arises from a contract that the state Division of Youth Services wants to sign with a private company to operate seven secure detention facilities for youths. After the division announced that it would award ...

  • 2 December

    Arkansas has Vital Role in Export Business

    December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Businessmen and state economic development officials understand that Arkansas is part of a global market place, and that many of their customers and much of their competition is overseas. Last year Arkansas companies exported $5.9 billion worth of products and services. Since 2010 the value of Arkansas exports has risen 12.5 percent. Over a ...

November, 2016

  • 18 November

    Senate Members Choose Assignments

    From Senator Larry Teague November 18, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The 35 members of the state Senate chose their committee assignments for the 2017 regular session. The chairmen of the Senate’s standing committees will be: Senator Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers – Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee; Senator Jake Files of Fort Smith – Revenue and Taxation Committee; Senator Jane ...

  • 10 November

    Governor Proposes Balanced Budget for Next Two Years

    SUBMITTED BY SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE –  November 11, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – As required by law, the governor proposed a balanced budget for state government for the next two fiscal years and presented it at legislative budget hearings. The recommendation will be the starting point for the legislature to use for adopting state agency spending levels. Lawmakers are meeting in ...

  • 4 November

    Schools to Receive More State Funding

    SUBMITTED BY SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE –  LITTLE ROCK – The Senate Education Committee voted to recommend an increase in state funding of public schools next year of about 1 percent. The vote culminated months of work during which the committee met 20 times and staff surveyed administrators of dozens of school districts and conducted on-site interviews with principals. Their purpose ...

  • 3 November

    Arkansas Voter Turnout Expected to be High

    October 28, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – When there is a race for president on the ballot, voter turnout in Arkansas goes up. This year it looks as if voter turnout is going up even more than usual for a presidential election year, according to estimates by officials in the Secretary of State’s office. Based on turnout in past elections and ...

October, 2016

  • 21 October

    Issues 4 & 5 Stricken; So Far, Others Remain

    LITTLE ROCK – The state Supreme Court has stricken Issues Four and Five because of legal questions about their ballot titles, so any votes cast for them on November 8 will not be counted. Issue Four would have limited the amount of damages that could be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. Issue Five would have authorized private companies to open casinos in ...

  • 14 October

    Legislature to Consider Changes in Sentencing Laws

    LITTLE ROCK – A legislative task force on criminal justice has recommended changes in sentencing laws with the goal of controlling overcrowding of jails and prisons. The legislature will consider the recommendations during the 2017 regular session, which begins in January. Some proposals would require additional state funding, so the preliminary work on prison reform will necessarily take place during ...

  • 7 October

    Budget Hearings Begin in Preparations for Next Regular Session

    LITTLE ROCK – Legislators are beginning a lengthy and detailed review of all state agency spending requests in preparation for the regular session that begins in January. Setting a balanced budget for state government every year is the most time-consuming duty of the legislature. Budget hearings begin October 11, and the process of reviewing government spending will continue through the ...