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April, 2016

  • 15 April

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 15, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – As soon as this year’s fiscal session of the legislature convened, the tension began to build. On the first day of the session the Joint Budget Committee endorsed the spending bill for the state Medicaid program, which has been the most politically controversial bill in ...

January, 2016

  • 18 January

    State Reports Record Lottery Sales

    Bids Open on 25 State Highway Project BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The enormous Powerball prize generated record sales of lottery tickets in Arkansas and increased income for college scholarships. However, legislative leaders said they would take a long term view of the program’s finances and be cautious about any attempt to raise scholarship amounts. Arkansas ...

  • 12 January

    State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK – The Secretary of State’s office has issued new rules for groups that want to place ballot issues before voters in the November general election. The rules reflect changes enacted by lawmakers in the 2013 legislative session. Not all the provisions were upheld when the Supreme Court ruled in a legal challenge of the 2013 law. The Supreme ...

  • 6 January

    Legislature Convenes Fiscal Session to Approve State Agencies Budgets

    CONTRIBUTED BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The legislature will convene in fiscal session on April 13 to approve budgets for state agencies. Traditionally, the Arkansas legislature holds its fiscal sessions in February of even-numbered years. However, in 2015 the legislature moved the 2016 fiscal session to the second Wednesday in April. It also moved the date of the Arkansas primary ...

December, 2015

  • 30 December

    2015 in Review

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The new year will begin with an extensive review of the single largest state agency, the Department of Human Services. The governor ordered the review, which will be headed by the lieutenant governor and which will examine the organizational structure of the department to determine if any areas lack resources or ...

  • 16 December

    State Finds a Way to Move Highway Projects Forward

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – When Congress approved a federal highway funding bill, it was good news not only for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department but also for those in numerous states across the country. The measure guarantees federal transportation funding levels for the next five years, so state highway departments can budget for long-term ...

  • 9 December

    Boozman Statement on Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare; Defund Planned Parenthood

    BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN – WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after voting for legislation to repeal the most burdensome provisions of Obamacare, allowing for the program to be replaced with one that provides real health care reform for the American people. The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which passed the Senate by ...

  • 9 December

    Ark. Increases Number of Foster Homes; Eliminates Backlog

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Since August the state has added 109 foster homes with space for 232 more children, the governor announced at the dedication of a 33-bed residential home for children in Charleston. The state Division of Children and Family Services has eliminated a backlog of more than 1,200 foster parent inquiries, which is ...

  • 2 December

    Broadband Internet Proving Efficient Learning Tool for Students

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In schools with high speed Internet access, teachers can post photographs and video clips of classroom projects online, where parents can see what their children are doing. Students with access to broadband don’t have to miss class time when winter weather turns bad. They can do lessons that have been specifically ...

November, 2015

  • 24 November

    EDMC Student Loans to be Forgiven After Fraud Probe

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – More than $703,000 in loans to about 800 former college students in Arkansas will be forgiven under a global settlement between state attorneys general, the federal Justice and Education Departments and the nation’s second largest for-profit higher education company. It’s called Education Management Corporation (EDMC) and nationally it has about 100,000 ...