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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.

Proposal to limit use of TANF benefits stalls

LITTLE ROCK — Proposals to restrict how Arkansans can spend welfare benefits and create a new way to appeal decisions of the Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock stalled in the Joint Budget Committee on Thursday, but the sponsors could try again with the measures next week.

Pastors Day

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, left, welcomes pastors and their families from around the state Wednesday as he kicks off Pastors Day at the Capitol, an event sponsored by the Christian conservative Family Council. Seated behind him are Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Family Council President Jerry Cox. The event was intended to give religious leaders an overview of how government works at the state level, according to the Family Council. (Special to the Arkansas News Bureau/Dale Ellis)

Washington Digest: Senate Approves Energy, FAA Bills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate handed lopsided victories last week to its first major energy bill in nearly a decade and a Federal Aviation Administration measure to enhance safety, promote drone technology and offer additional consumer protections to the flying public.