LITTLE ROCK — Lawyers for the state and the Pulaski County clerk asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying voters exercised their legal right to change the state constitution when they approved an amendment in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
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WASHINGTON — A resolution aimed at avoiding another contentious budget showdown in January advanced Thursday in the House even as Arkansas lawmakers were divided on its merits.
WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party of Arkansas wants U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, to refund taxpayer dollars it claims were used to pay for purported town hall meetings that Democrats contend were nothing more than campaign events.
LITTLE ROCK — Lt. Gov. Mark Darr owes the state more than $9,000 for unauthorized travel reimbursements, according to a state audit report lawmakers reviewed Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday voted to extend expiring farm policies for an additional month, giving lawmakers a bit more time to approve a final long-term farm bill without causing milk prices to potentially double at the start of 2014.
WASHINGTON — The National Chicken Council is urging the U.S. Senate to repeal a corn ethanol mandate the group claims is driving up the cost of feed.
LITTLE ROCK — A legislative panel agreed Thursday to issue a subpoena to compel the head of a state board that allowed a limited number of public schools to arm teachers and staff to testify before lawmakers.
LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made secretarial disaster declarations for 29 Arkansas counties that experienced droughts or flooding this year, Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said Thursday.
LITTLE ROCK — Adding a monitor game such as keno to the offerings of the state lottery could generate an estimated $18 million a year in ticket sales, officials with lottery vendor Intralot told a legislative panel Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — Arkansas farmers anxious for Congress to enact a new farm bill will likely have to wait until early next year.