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State Senator Larry Teague

October, 2016

  • 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 ...

September, 2016

  • 30 September

    Tourism Industry Increases Revenue in 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Tourism is one of the cornerstones of the Arkansas economy, and the state Department of Parks and Tourism consistently modernizes promotional campaigns to make sure that travelers continue visiting the state. Last year $7.2 billion was spent on travel and tourism in Arkansas, an 8.7 percent increase over the previous year. Promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination ...

  • 23 September

    Developmentally Disabled to Receive More Funding; Universities Report Record Enrollment

    LITTLE ROCK –From 500 to 900 people with developmental disabilities would move off the current waiting list and receive home-based or community-based services under a plan announced by the governor. He proposed allocating about $8.5 million from the state’s tobacco settlement revenue to provide the services and shorten the waiting list, which now has about 3,000 people on it. Under ...

  • 16 September

    November Ballot to Decide Several Issues

    LITTLE ROCK – Legal challenges have been filed against four measures that have been certified to appear on the November general election ballot. Three other measures were referred by the legislature and there is no legal question about their being on the ballot. Depending on the outcome of the legal challenges, it is possible from three to seven ballot issues ...

  • 9 September

    Several Issues Expected on November Ballot

    SUBMITTED BY SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Depending on the outcome of multiple legal challenges now being considered by the state Supreme Court, as many as six proposed constitutional amendments and one proposed initiated act may be on the November 8 general election ballot in Arkansas. Four of the proposals are being challenged by advocacy groups that oppose ...

August, 2016

  • 26 August

    State Launches Safe Driving Campaign; Closes Correctional Boot Camp Unit

    From Senator Larry Teague August 26, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The State Police will continue its traffic safety campaign through the end of the Labor Day weekend. The State Police Highway Safety Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk driving and save lives. Drinking alcohol was a factor in 162 traffic fatalities, or 40 ...

  • 19 August

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

      August 19, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – During the first three months of this year 1,093 children in Arkansas were placed in foster care. During the same period 808 children were released from foster care and most of them, 70 percent, were reunited with parents or went to live with a relative. About 20 percent left foster homes because they ...

  • 15 August

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague August 12, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – As parents and students prepare for the new school year, administrators are on the lookout for any changes in state policy on transfers and transportation. There is a history of litigation affecting the Arkansas law that allows students to transfer to schools outside of the ...

  • 5 August

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

      August 5, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – In a transaction that was termed “unique” by the governor, the state Health Department sold its in-home care operations to a private corporation based in Kentucky for $39 million. The Health Department set up the in-home care program in 1968, when fewer health care options existed in rural Arkansas. Now, about 13,000 patients ...