Latest Arkansas State General Assembly News

Jury seated for corruption trial of former state senator

Jul. 24, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 12-person jury and three alternates have been selected for the corruption trial of a Republican former Arkansas state senator charged with bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. Gilbert Baker, 64, has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign...

Arkansas Democrats urge lifting of state's mask mandate ban

Jul. 22, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers in Arkansas, which has the nation's highest COVID-19 rate, urged the governor and Republicans who control the Legislature on Thursday to lift the state's ban on schools and government entities requiring people to wear masks. ...

University asks ex-player and Senate hopeful to change ad

Jul. 15, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas on Thursday said it has asked a former Razorback challenging U.S. Sen. John Boozman to change his ads over their unauthorized use of the school's trademarks. The school made the request after Jake Bequette launched his...

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...