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Arkansas Advocate : Arkansas governor signs tax, appropriation bills after special legislative session ends | Regional News

For the third time in 15 months, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed legislation to lower taxes for Arkansans. This round, approved during this week’s special session, will affect approximately 1.1 million taxpayers. Along with trimming the state’s top individual and corporate income tax rates, Sanders also signed legislation to increase the homestead property tax credit […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Arkansas lawmakers approve resolutions opposing proposed constitutional amendments | Regional News

In split decisions Tuesday, an Arkansas House committee approved two resolutions opposing proposed constitutional amendments targeting abortion access and education. The measures’ supporters decried lawmakers’ actions as interfering with the direct democracy process. “It breaks my heart that we’re here now and trying to push citizens of Arkansas to vote against something because you all […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Arkansas federal judge dismisses states’ lawsuit over pregnant worker protections | Regional News

A federal judge in Arkansas dismissed a lawsuit filed by 17 state attorneys general looking to stop a new rule that took effect Tuesday allowing workers time off and accommodations for abortions and other pregnancy-related health care. Though the case was tossed, another federal judge in Louisiana determined earlier this week that Louisiana, Mississippi and […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Hot Springs police handcuff advocate for government transparency, remove her from public venue | Regional News

Police officers handcuffed Bentonville attorney Jen Standerfer on Friday and escorted her out of the Hot Springs Convention Center after she collected two signatures for citizen-initiated ballot measures, she said. Standerfer is a founding member of the nonpartisan Arkansas Citizens for Transparency (ACT), which received Attorney General Tim Griffin’s approval in January to seek support […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Prosecuting attorney finds Little Rock shooting death justified | Regional News

The federal agent who shot and killed a Little Rock airport executive while serving a search warrant in March used justifiable deadly force, according to Prosecuting Attorney Will Jones on Friday, June 14, 2024. In the early hours on March 19, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served Bryan Malinowski a […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Arkansas governor says she’ll call special session to cut taxes, fund Game and Fish | Regional News

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday, June 11, 2024 she’ll call a special session next week to cut income and property taxes and fund the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Sanders plans to cut income taxes by nearly $500 million and property taxes by about $50 million, according to a social media post she published […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Publication of abortion amendment canvasser list is intimidation, ballot question committee says | Regional News

Supporters of a proposed Arkansas constitutional amendment that would allow a limited right to abortion denounced a conservative advocacy group’s publication of a list of paid canvassers, calling the move an intimidation tactic. The right-wing Family Council posted Thursday on its website a list of 79 people that the Arkansans for Limited Government ballot question […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Prosecuting attorney declines to pursue charges over Arkansas governor’s purchase of $19K lectern | Regional News

A prosecuting attorney on Friday declined to pursue further action regarding potential violations of state law tied to the purchase of a $19,000 lectern by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office. Members of the governor’s staff used a state-issued credit card to buy the lectern and carrying case in June 2023 from a Virginia-based company with […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Special session discussions ongoing as Arkansas tornado recovery efforts progress | Regional News

BENTONVILLE — While elected officials’ focus shifted to recovery efforts after more than a dozen deadly tornadoes struck the state last week, Arkansas lawmakers have continued negotiating the details of a pending special session. A special session became necessary when the Arkansas Legislature failed to approve the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s budget before the […]

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Arkansas Advocate : Experts identify affordable housing barriers, opportunities for rural Arkansas | Regional News

By definition, housing should not exceed 30% of a person’s monthly income to be considered affordable. But with rising construction costs, capacity issues and an overall lack of project funding, options in rural Arkansas can be limited. Ten housing experts from the private and public sectors joined a panel Tuesday afternoon at the 2024 Rural […]

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