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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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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 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 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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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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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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