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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.

Cats in Hats

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sits cross-legged on the floor of the state Capitol and reads to children wearing Dr. Seuss-inspired hats on Monday, March 14, in celebration of Read Across America, a national campaign to promote children’s literacy. State Education Commissioner Johnny Key and several state legislators joined the governor in reading to students from Meadow Park Elementary School in North Little Rock and Oakbrooke Elementary School in Sherwood during the event organized by the Arkansas Education Association. (Arkansas News Bureau/John Lyon)