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July, 2016

  • 22 July

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    July 22, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – By the end of the current fiscal year Arkansas will be one of only three states in the country in which every public school will have access to high speed broadband Internet connections. The Senate Education Committee heard the good news from the director of the state Department of Information Systems, which has been ...

  • 18 July

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

      July 15, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The state Correction Department has acquired new supplies of a lethal drug used in executions. The Department’s supply of the drug had expired, holding up the state’s efforts to execute eight men on death row for whom the governor had set execution dates. With the announcement that Correction officials had obtained new supplies ...

  • 8 July

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague July 8, 2016 LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas state government ended its fiscal year with a surplus of $177 million. When he announced the surplus, the governor said that he intended to propose further income tax reductions when the legislature convenes in regular session next January. Last year the legislature enacted about $100 ...

June, 2016

  • 30 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

      July 1, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Even after a state Supreme Court ruling, the protocol for carrying out the death penalty in Arkansas remains uncertain. In a split decision, the court ruled against eight inmates on death row who argued that a secrecy provision in Arkansas’ execution procedures was unconstitutional. By a vote of 4-to-3 the court overturned a ...

  • 27 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 24, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature enacted an evaluation method for teachers and principals with passage of Act 1209 of 2011. A pilot project was used in 11 school districts in 2013 and put in place in all Arkansas schools in the 2014-2015 school year. To follow through, legislators ...

  • 17 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 17, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is one of numerous states experiencing an alarming spike in deaths attributable to prescription pain killers. A physician with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in a presentation to a legislative committee, said that changes in state law are needed in response to ...

  • 10 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 10, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The new director of the state Human Services Department presented to legislators the details of a restructuring plan that is designed to make business operations more efficient. The expectation is that the changes will save money and allow caseworkers more time to perform their duties ...

  • 3 June

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 3, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The state recently awarded Arkansas school districts about $44.5 million in funding for this year, to pay for new construction and renovation of existing facilities to make sure they are safe, warm and dry. Facilities funding is a vital part of state aid to local ...

May, 2016

  • 26 May

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 27, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Of the 13 items on the governor’s call for a special session, 12 were approved by the legislature. The top priority was legislation to increase state funding of the Highway and Transportation Department by about $50 million a year for five years, which will qualify ...

  • 20 May

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 20, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature convened in a special session called by the governor to address highway funding needs. The governor’s call has 12 items in addition to highway funding. Senate Bill 10, at 105 pages, is easily the longest bill under consideration. It would terminate a list ...