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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson reinstated the states’ general health emergency July 29 and called for a special legislative session to convene in the first week of August. Hutchinson cited staffing shortages at hospitals along with the rising number of COVID […]

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The regular session of the 93rd Arkansas General Assembly has been extended until May 3, 2021. House Concurrent Resolution 1008 provides the purpose of the extension is to consider vetoes correcting errors or oversights, complete work on proposed constitutional amendments, […]

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On November 3, voters in Arkansas approved a constitutional amendment to impose term limits for state legislators. Issue 2 creates term limits of 12 consecutive years for state legislators with the opportunity to return after a four-year break. Arkansas previously […]

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A federal judge has made his temporary injunction permanent in allowing Arkansas candidates for statewide office to accept campaign contributions more than two years before an election. U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. reinforced his initial ruling that it is […]

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call a special session of the Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, March 26. The session will fill budget holes caused by the economic fallout from COVID-19. Gov. Hutchinson announced the special session would grant him the authority […]

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On March 17, Arkansas legislative leaders announced a suspension of the Arkansas Legislative Council meetings. Specifically, this will affect the meetings scheduled for March 18 and March 19. The decision to suspend the meetings until further notice follows the latest […]

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An order barring the state from enforcing a campaign contribution blackout period of more than two years was reinstated on March 3. Arkansas Code Annotated 7-6-203(e) prohibits candidates for state offices from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before […]

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A panel of federal appellate judges held on January 27 that a campaign contribution blackout law that has been in place in Arkansas since 1996 is likely unconstitutional. The panel upheld a preliminary injunction that U.S. District Judge James Moody […]

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A federal judge blocked a state law that prevents candidates for public office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election. The ruling prompted an immediate appeal from the attorney general. Plaintiff Peggy Jones of Pulaski County […]

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A special election will take place on November 5 to fill a vacancy in House District 36. Former Rep. Charles Blake left office to become Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott’s chief of staff.

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This week, the regular session of the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly adjourned sine die. Lasting a total of 88 days, the session ended Wednesday, April 24. The 93rd General Assembly is scheduled to convene on Monday, January 11, 2021.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed several bills into law. Senate Bill 249 increases the fines for violating ethics laws the Arkansas Ethics Commission may levy at violators from $2,000 to $3,500. Senate Bill 256 prohibits an elected state official from […]

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Senate Bills 249 and 256 have been passed by the Legislature are on the way to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. Senate Bill 249 increases the fines for violating ethics laws the Arkansas Ethics Commission may levy at violators from $2,000 […]

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The Arkansas Ethics Commission clarified a gift exception in Advisory Opinion No. 2019-EC-001. A local lobbying firm wants to hold a 20th anniversary event and invite public officials. In turn, the firm requested more information regarding the exception permitting anything […]

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