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Arkansas Virtual Academy may Receive More Students

May 19, 2017 LITTLE ROCK –The state Board of Education will consider raising the cap on the number of students who can enroll in the Arkansas Virtual Academy. The academy has received preliminary approval for a higher cap from the Charter Authorizing Panel and the next step is for the request to go before the state Board. If the Board ...

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State Creates Relief Legislative Task Force

FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Acts 78 and 79 of 2017 created the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. The leaders of the Senate and House have appointed the panel’s membership. There will be eight senators and eight representatives on the task force, which is charged with recommending changes to the state tax code ...

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Senate Proposes Attorney Fee Limits

FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – February 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. The measure is Senate Joint Resolution 8. The Senate vote is a ...

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State Continues to Face Challenges in Juvenile Justice System

From Senator Larry Teague December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas lawmakers face an ongoing challenge to improve the state juvenile justice system. The latest issue arises from a contract that the state Division of Youth Services wants to sign with a private company to operate seven secure detention facilities for youths. After the division announced that it would award ...

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Arkansas has Vital Role in Export Business

December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Businessmen and state economic development officials understand that Arkansas is part of a global market place, and that many of their customers and much of their competition is overseas. Last year Arkansas companies exported $5.9 billion worth of products and services. Since 2010 the value of Arkansas exports has risen 12.5 percent. Over a ...

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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 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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State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 13, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – In a decision that has financial implications for schools across Arkansas, a Pulaski County judge has ruled in favor of the state and against a small, isolated district in the Ozark Mountains. The Deer/Mount Judea School District filed a lawsuit claiming that the state failed ...

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State Reports Record Lottery Sales

Bids Open on 25 State Highway Project BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The enormous Powerball prize generated record sales of lottery tickets in Arkansas and increased income for college scholarships. However, legislative leaders said they would take a long term view of the program’s finances and be cautious about any attempt to raise scholarship amounts. Arkansas ...

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Ark. Increases Number of Foster Homes; Eliminates Backlog

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Since August the state has added 109 foster homes with space for 232 more children, the governor announced at the dedication of a 33-bed residential home for children in Charleston. The state Division of Children and Family Services has eliminated a backlog of more than 1,200 foster parent inquiries, which is ...

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