Latest Arkansas State General Assembly News

Little Rock community advocate announces Senate bid

Jun. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock community advocate and small business owner announced Monday that she would seek next year's Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Natalie James announced her bid for the party's nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen....

Term limits groups challenge new Arkansas initiative limits

May. 27, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of an effort to impose stricter term limits on Arkansas legislators on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging new restrictions placed on initiative campaigns. Arkansas Term Limits, U.S. Term Limits and Liberty Initiative Fund asked a...

Tennessee gov signs transgender 'bathroom bill' for schools

May. 17, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that puts public schools and their districts at risk of losing civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that do not reflect their gender at birth. ...

Arkansas lawmakers approve June 30 cutoff for dicamba

May. 06, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday approved a June 30 cutoff date for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba on soybeans and cotton. The vote came hours after the state Supreme Court ordered the removal of half of the regulatory board that set the...

GOP lawmaker: Three-Fifths Compromise was to end slavery

May. 04, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Republican falsely declared Tuesday that an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person was adopted for “the purpose of ending slavery," commenting amid a debate over whether educators should be restricted while teaching about...

Former Arkansas GOP chairman running for lieutenant governor

May. 04, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb announced Tuesday he's running for lieutenant governor next year, making him the third GOP candidate to seek the state's No. 2 constitutional office. “I look forward to a vigorous campaign...

Analysis: Mississippi legislators sidestep some division

May. 02, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers grabbed national headlines this year by banning transgender athletes from competing on girls' or women's sports teams. They walked away from some other divisive issues during their three-month session. Republican Sen. Angela...

Arkansas session marked by culture wars, coronavirus fights

May. 01, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The 108-day Arkansas legislative session that wrapped up last week was dominated by culture war issues and the coronavirus pandemic, but lawmakers took up a long list of other items, including voting law changes, an increase in teacher salaries and tax cuts. ...

Arkansas lawmakers OK reworked bill that nullifies gun laws

Apr. 28, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved a reworked bill that aims to preempt federal gun restrictions following objections from the governor, law enforcement and prosecutors that a previous proposal went too far and jeopardized public safety. ...

Arkansas House rejects bill cutting early voting by 1 day

Apr. 27, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House on Tuesday rejected legislation to cut early voting in the state by a day. The House voted down the measure 39-43. The Senate last week had approved the bill, which would have eliminated early voting on the day before...