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Lawmakers pass budget; Highway session to start May 19

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year, completing the regular business of the fiscal session — but lawmakers will have more work to do later this month in a special session on highway funding and other issues.

Proposal to limit use of welfare benefits advances

LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to limit how public welfare recipients can use their benefits cleared a legislative panel and was adopted by the House on Tuesday as an amendment to a budget bill, but it was unclear whether the bill could get out of the House with the amendment attached.

Fiscal session winding down

LITTLE ROCK — The fiscal session that began April 13 could wrap up this week, legislative leaders said Friday as they worked with the governor’s office on the Revenue Stabilization Act, the bill that will set spending priorities for the fiscal year that begins July 1.