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SESSION SNAPSHOT: Arkansas lawmakers propose amendments as passage of fiscal 2025 budget nears

Arkansas’ 2024 fiscal session, which was initially projected to end this week, is now expected to end May 2 or possibly the following week, House Speaker Matthew Shepherd said Thursday. During the final days of the session, the Legislature will pass the fiscal year 2025 budget, also known as the Revenue Stabilization Act. The Joint…

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SESSION SNAPSHOT: 2024 fiscal session gets underway in Little Rock

Arkansas lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday for the start of the state’s eighth fiscal session. Held in even-numbered years, fiscal session work is focused on finalizing the state budget.  Legislative sessions occur in odd-numbered years, but lawmakers can take up non-appropriation matters during the fiscal session with a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber. …

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Arkansas fiscal session begins this week; proposed budget expected to pass with few changes

Arkansas lawmakers will convene the state’s eighth fiscal session Wednesday, beginning the process of finalizing the state budget for fiscal year 2025, which starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2025. The fiscal session lasts a maximum of 30 days unless three-fourths of the House and Senate vote to extend it. Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy,…

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Rep. Painter presented 2023 Statesman Award by Family Council Action Committee

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Family Council Action Committee presented Representative Stetson Painter (R-Mountain Home), with the group’s 2023 Statesman Award. Representative Painter received the award for earning an A on the 2023 Family Council Action Committee legislative report card. Recipients of this award are recognized for their votes during the 94th General Assembly on the…

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Panel OKs requested audit of Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase, some FOIA-exempt records

Arkansas lawmakers approved a request Thursday for a nonpartisan investigation into Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ purchase of a $19,000 lectern, as well as expenditures by the governor’s office that were recently made private by a new law. State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, asked the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee last month to authorize a probe of…

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Arkansas libraries revise policies in anticipation of law on ‘obscene’ content taking effect

This article is republished with permission from the Arkansas Advocate. Librarians across Arkansas are preparing in different ways for a new state law that is set to take effect next week and changes how libraries handle controversial material. Some library systems have altered their existing material reconsideration forms in hopes of handling future book…

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Sanders signs bill that would require LRS to pay $13 million to reopen NABORS landfill

Arkansas's popular Governor has signed HB1744. The bill, which was supported by Arkansas Senator Scott Flippo and Arkansas State Representative Stetson Painter, will require Illinois based LRS to reimburse $13 million to the state for the closure of NABORS Landfill, if the company decides to go ahead with its purchase and reopen the landfill.…

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LRS would be required to pay $13 million to reopen NABORS landfill if new bill signed by Sanders

The Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District’s attempted sale of NABORS landfill to Illinois based company Lakeshore Recycling System (LRS) may soon hit another speed bump if Governor Sarah Huckabee-Sanders signs a new bill amending the state’s environmental law surrounding its Landfill Post-Closure Trust fund. HB1744 was recently given the nod by the Arkansas State Senate…

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