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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.

Machiavellian line item veto

Late last week, the Arkansas News Bureau reported that some state lawmakers have concerns regarding Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s use of a line-item veto to extend funding for Arkansas Works, the newest incarnation of the the federal Medicaid extension program. (The program’s name gets changed, but it’s still tied to the Affordable Care Act.)

Food safety 4-23-16

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.

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.

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.