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Legislature Tweaks School Choice Laws

The legislature updated Arkansas school choice laws when it approved Act 754 of 2019 earlier this year.

Legislature Began Work on Levees After 2015 Floods

Flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage to infrastructure in Arkansas, according to the governor's request for federal relief.

Independent Assessment Says Tobacco Settlement Commission Meeting Targets

The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission distributes funds to seven public health programs. According to an independent evaluation, they're meeting an overwhelming majority of their goals.

New Law Guarantees Elementary Students at Least 40 Minutes of Recess Every Day

Elementary school students in Arkansas will get at least 40 minutes a day of recess under legislation approved earlier this year by the General Assembly.

Legislators Try to Lower Maternal Mortality Rates

The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.

State Announces Plan to Expand Broadband Access in Under-Served Areas

The goal of the new Arkansas State Broadband Plan, announced by the governor, is to make high-speed Internet access available to all communities of more than 500 people by the year 2022.

New Workforce Plan to Reduce Duplication of Programs

Job training and workforce education are offered by numerous government entities in Arkansas. 

DYS Begins Series of Far-Reaching Changes in Treatment of Juvenile Offenders

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has already begun to make sweeping changes in how the state treats juvenile offenders.

Legislature Officially Adjourns 2019 Regular Session

The legislature officially ended the 2019 regular session when it adjourned sine die on April 24.

Legislature Refers Three Proposed Amendments to Voters

During the recent regular session, the legislature referred three proposed constitutional amendments to Arkansas voters.