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Arkansas governor, rival talk up ethics proposals

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson on Monday added two proposals to his list of suggestions for changing state ethics laws, three days after Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his proposals in the wake of more allegations of misconduct.

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State House elects new speaker; Shepherd takes over as Gillam exits for UCA

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday morning elected state Rep. Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado as speaker to succeed Rep. Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia, whose resignation became effective later Friday.

New opioid-dosage rules delayed; state lawmakers return proposed regulations to panel

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Friday to refer back to a subcommittee for further review the state Medical Board's regulations affecting doctors who prescribe high doses of opioids.

Rules to accredit Arkansas schools revised; journalism class mandate tossed

The state Board of Education's rules revising state standards for accrediting schools and school districts cleared the Legislative Council on Friday with some opposition from supporters of journalism classes.

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Ethics proposal in Arkansas Senate targets conflicts

Plan has ‘better guardrails’ for senators, Hendren says

Arkansas Senate leaders on Thursday proposed strengthening that body's ethics rules that bar senators from certain activities involving conflicts of interest.

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Scratch-off tickets' $34M boosts Arkansas lottery

An increase in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's scratch-off ticket revenue in May bolstered the month's overall revenue and the amount raised for college scholarships compared with a year ago.

State to consolidate data centers; $15M project will boost security, efficiency, lawmakers told

State government plans to spend $15 million for the state Department of Information Systems to consolidate data centers for executive branch agencies, with the goal of increasing security and eventually lowering annual costs, a department deputy director told lawmakers Wednesday.

Lawmakers sign off on AETN's request to hire exec at top salary

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on the Arkansas Educational Television Network's request to hire a senior director of content at the maximum authorized salary of $112,899, after the network's director said the leading candidate for the job will be "a game changer."

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Another GOP peer presses senator from Little Rock to quit

At Capitol, Hendren touts ethics plan, says it’s time to ‘change the culture’

State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, a Republican from Pocahontas, on Tuesday called on state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to resign immediately, saying that his staying in the Senate is a disservice to his constituents and the people of Arkansas.

Lawmakers sign off on AETN's request to hire exec at top salary

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on the Arkansas Educational Television Network's request to hire a senior director of content at the maximum authorized salary of $112,899, after the network's director said the leading candidate for the job will be "a game changer."