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April, 2015

  • 1 April

    Senate Approves Placement of the Ten Commandments on Capitol Grounds

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Senate approved legislation to place a monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol. It would be paid for entirely with private donations, but the Secretary of State would be responsible for its placement and design. The Secretary of State’s office is in charge of maintenance ...

March, 2015

  • 24 March

    State to See Overhaul of Education for Job Skills

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE LITTLE ROCK – The Senate passed and the governor publicly endorsed legislation to overhaul the state’s system of vocational, technical and occupational education. Legislative leaders have been working for at least two years on broad changes to how the state offers job training. Currently, students and people in established jobs navigate a mix of courses ...

  • 18 March

    Senate Continues Busy Session

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The legislature passed an act that enables small schools to seek a waiver from the state Education Department when they are in jeopardy of being consolidated because their enrollment has fallen below 350 students. Act 377 allows school districts to seek a waiver if they are not on probationary status for ...

  • 10 March

    Prison Reform Plan in Hands of House

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Senate approved legislation to implement the governor’s ambitious prison reform plan. It’s now in the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 472 embodies much of the governor’s proposals to relieve prison overcrowding. It authorizes the state Correction Department to contract with counties, the federal government and other states to house Arkansas ...

  • 4 March

    Bids Open for Largest Highway Construction Program in State History

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The largest highway construction program in state history got off to a good start when the Highway Commission opened bids for a $52.7 million project in northwest Arkansas. The project is the next phase in the Bella Vista bypass.  It will relieve congestion in that city and eventually become part of ...

February, 2015

  • 25 February

    Governor Outlines Prison Overcrowding Plan

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The governor outlined an ambitious plan to ease prison overcrowding through expansion of existing facilities, construction of regional re-entry centers and strengthening of probation and parole systems. He broke his plan into three parts: adding prison space, improving the parole and re-entry system and providing alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders. A ...

  • 16 February

    Senate Continues Busy Legislative Session

    LITTLE ROCK – In each regular session the legislature may refer up to three proposed constitutional amendments to voters. This year 27 proposals were filed in the House of Representatives and 15 were filed in the Senate. The State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committees of each chamber will begin the task of narrowing the list to three. Among the resolutions ...

  • 11 February

    SB6 Passes; House Approves Legislative Task Force

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Senate gave final approval to a broad income tax reduction proposed by the governor, which will save middle class wage earners about $102 million a year when it takes full effect. Considering it will benefit an estimated 600,000 people, it is likely to be the signature accomplishment of the 2015 ...

  • 4 February

    New Legislature Making Bi-Partisan Progress

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Senate approved the governor’s bill to initiate broad reforms of the Medicaid system. It was the second major victory for the governor in the Senate, which earlier had passed his bill to cut income taxes on middle class wage earners. Both the Medicaid overhaul plan and the income tax legislation ...

January, 2015

  • 27 January

    SB6 Lowers Income Tax for 500,000 Arkansans

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In a unique and historic vote the Arkansas Senate approved a middle class tax cut in the opening days of the legislative session. In living memory, the Senate has never passed one of the signature bills so early in a session. Important fiscal legislation usually will not be considered for a ...