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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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State Capitol Week in Review

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 6, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – With the successful completion of the fiscal session, Arkansas will fulfill its obligation to provide matching funds to go along with federal funding of Medicaid and other services. Now, attention at the state Capitol will focus on a special session the governor wants to call ...

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Lawmakers Set to Task to Budget for State’s Largest Agency, DHS

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 22, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – During the fiscal session of the legislature the focus of media attention has been on the budget of the state Human Services Department (DHS), which is the single largest state agency. Public attention focused specifically on the Medicaid program, which is administered by the Human ...

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Lawmakers Set to Task to Budget for State’s Largest Agency, DHS

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 22, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – During the fiscal session of the legislature the focus of media attention has been on the budget of the state Human Services Department (DHS), which is the single largest state agency. Public attention focused specifically on the Medicaid program, which is administered by the Human ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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