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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.

New math standards approved

LITTLE ROCK — The state Board of Education on Thursday approved new mathematics standards for public schools after being told the standards would introduce more rigor and practical applications into the curriculum.

Medicaid funding bill fails in Senate

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature’s fiscal session ground to a temporary halt Thursday, its second day, after the Senate rejected a bill to fund the state Medicaid program and the House rejected a bill that the Legislature is required to pass before it passes any other bills.

Re-Entry Day

William Robinson Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Hoover United Methodist Church of Little Rock and director of Philander Smith College Better Community Developers, speaks at a rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The rally, held in conjunction with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proclamation of April 13 as Arkansas Community Re-entry Day, spotlighted groups and individuals who work to help offenders re-enter society upon being released from prison. The event was organized by the Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition. (Special to the Arkansas News Bureau/Dale Ellis)