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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

July 29, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011.  The intent of the act is to help families with children in school, and is commonly known as the “Back to School” sales tax holiday.  However, everyone ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 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 ...

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