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ACT 595 Under Fire; Lawsuit to Ensue

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Absentee voters would get a grace period in which they can present election officials with a copy of their photo ID, under a new rule approved by the state Board of Election Commissioners. However, the procedure by which the rule was issued is under legal challenge. The Board voted on the ...

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Protecting Water Resources

BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – Water is essential to our way of life in Arkansas. This natural resource helps sustain a robust outdoor life throughout the state for residents and wildlife alike. If you’re like me, you enjoy fishing. The rivers and lakes in Arkansas boast some of the best fishing in the country, and countless Arkansas families ...

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America and War…

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Throughout history, from the moment greed gleamed in the first pair of eyes, we have been subject to the demon of war. You can’t turn on the news at night and not be assaulted by violence and devastation somewhere on our planet. War – it’s the enduring, degenerative sport of mankind. Anyone can play – but ...

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Legislature Passes Two New Abortion Laws Despite Governor’s Vetoes

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The legislature passed 2 new laws restricting abortions during the 2013 General Session. Both laws were passed by strong bipartisan majorities and Gov. Beebe’s vetoes of the bills were also overridden by a solid bipartisan majority.  The new laws placed restrictions on elective abortions when a child has a detectable heartbeat and is capable ...

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Education Department Rethinks Snow Day Policies

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The numerous severe winter storms in Arkansas caused the state Education Department and the Highway and Transportation Department to rethink long-standing policies. The state Board of Education approved waivers for 75 school districts that had canceled classes because of snow, sleet and ice. The waivers allow them to hold classes for ...

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Boozman Bill Helps Small Aircraft Pilots; Urges FAA to Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act requiring that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reform general aviation medical standards to maintain safety while supporting capable pilots and sustaining economic growth in the industry. “Thousands of pilots, including many from Arkansas, have asked the FAA to expand ...

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Discover the Empowerment Found in Self-Control

BY LEANN DILBECK – Impulsiveness, greed, and tantrums, along with many of their other all too common cousins, can be fierce warriors on the battlefield in learning the value of “self-control.” Why do some people have more of it than others? Is it a personality trait? Is it a learned behavior achieved only through due diligence and effort? Is there ...

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Americans Scamming Americans

BY MICHAEL REISIG – The truth is, man has been defrauding man since the first cave dweller offered his companion a phony stone talisman for a haunch of bison. Some of the earliest chicanery in America focused on health cures. Snake oil scams began as soon as the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.  Medical frauds ranging from deceptive medicines and ...

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Fiscal Session to End with Possible Grants for Statewide School Broadband

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – If the legislature gives the measure final approval during the fiscal session, public schools could apply for grants to expand their broadband capacity with new fiber optic cables. The grants would come from a $10 million appropriation from the state surplus.  The authorization to spend surplus funds on improved broadband for ...

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Dear Senator: Answering Your Questions

BY US SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – Our office receives thousands of pieces of mail each week from Arkansans just like you who want to express their opinions about the issues facing our country. I depend on hearing from you in order to best represent our state. I want to share answers to some of the questions we’ve heard from ...

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