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July, 2015

  • 13 July

    Governor Directs Arkansas Corrections to Obtain Approved Lethal Injection Drugs

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Immediately after the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative, in lethal injections of inmates on death row, the governor directed the state Correction Department to obtain a supply of drugs so that Arkansas can resume executions. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled in a case ...

June, 2015

  • 23 June

    Strict Policies Equal More Prison Overcrowding

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Stricter parole policies are driving a sharp increase in the number of inmates in Arkansas prisons. Legislators are paying close attention to the effect of new state laws enacted earlier this year, which they hope will stabilize growth in the prison population. The Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force received a report ...

  • 17 June

    Bids Open on Just Two Highway Projects

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – At its most recent meeting, the Highway Commission opened bids on two construction projects – one to replace a bridge on Interstate 30 in southwest Arkansas and another to widen Interstate 49 in northwest Arkansas. Bids on another nine projects were not opened because highway officials continue to have serious questions ...

  • 3 June

    Bonds for Industrial Development Project Approved in Special Session

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed a special session after voting to issue $87 million in bonds for a proposed industrial development project in south Arkansas that would manufacture the next generation of light military vehicles for the Army and the Marines. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has been working on the proposal for ...

May, 2015

  • 27 May

    New Law Allows More DNA Sampling of Criminals

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas law enforcement authorities will have access to a greater number of DNA samples because of Act 543, which the legislature approved in the regular session earlier this year. The police had been empowered to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes and sexual offenses. Act 543 expands that ...

  • 13 May

    State Approves Funding

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE LITTLE ROCK – The state has approved funding of $128.7 million for 67 projects to renovate and make repairs at public schools. Upgrades include new heating, air conditioning, roofing and fire alarms. Some schools will use the money for expansions of classrooms, gyms and auditoriums. School districts must match the state grants, but not all ...

April, 2015

  • 29 April

    2015 Regular Session Comes to an End

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – After a 19-day recess, the legislature officially ended the 2015 regular session on April 22, when it completed a few housekeeping measures and adjourned sine die. The legislative session began on January 12 and lasted until April 2, when lawmakers finished business. The recess allowed time for proofing and processing the ...

  • 22 April

    Grades Given to Public Schools

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Individual public schools received a letter grade, from A to F, on school report cards issued by the state Education Department. The legislature mandated the letter grades in Act 696 of 2013 to make the school report cards easier for parents to understand. Among other things, the report cards indicate how ...

  • 16 April

    State Overhauls Technical Job Skills Training

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Among the most important economic development legislation approved this year are three new laws that dramatically restructure how Arkansas trains people for the technical job skills they need to work in today’s work place. The governor and the sponsors of the three bills described them as foundational and momentum changing, adding ...

  • 8 April

    State Ends 2015 Regular Session with Balanced Budget

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Lawmakers ended the 2015 regular session after passing a balanced budget that requires many state agencies to reduce spending next fiscal year. The state general revenue budget next year will be about $5.2 billion, which is about $133 million more than this year. The increase is due to growth in the ...