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Council OKs School Health Plan

by Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette July 24, 2021 The state Board of Finance’s recommendations for no changes in premiums next year for employees and retirees in the state’s health insurance plan for public schools won the approval of the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday. The council also approved the board’s recommendations to cut a wellness

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Legislators Back Leaving Arkansas Schools’ Premiums Alone

by Michael R. Wickline at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette July 21, 2021 A legislative panel on Tuesday endorsed the state Board of Finance’s recommendations for no changes in premiums next year for employees and retirees in the state’s health insurance plan for public schools. The committee also backed the board’s recommendations to cut a wellness credit for current

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8 Meetings On Redistricting In Works

by Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette July 15, 2021 The Arkansas Board of Apportionment will hold eight public meetings on legislative redistricting throughout the state over the next several weeks. The board — comprised of the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state — is set to redraw the district boundaries of the 35 state Senate and

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Building Authority

Justice Building Project Underway on Capitol Grounds

Written by Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette July 6, 2021 An expansion to the Justice Building on the grounds of the state Capitol will provide much-needed office space and will also serve as a place of education for visitors young and old. Construction has begun on the Justice Building expansion project, which will renovate about 3,000

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Notice of Date Changes for ALC Review Meetings

For the next few months, the Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC) Review Subcommittee will meet on the Monday afternoon of ALC week.  The meeting time will be 1:30 p.m.   The July meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 19th, with ALC meeting on Friday, July 23rd, to adopt the report.  Moving from Tuesday to Monday afternoon will

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State Panelists Endorse $3.7M in Requests

Written by  Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat Gazette June 24, 2021 The steering committee appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to recommend the best uses of $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds endorsed requests totaling $3.7 million from the departments of corrections, transformation and public safety. Arkansas’ 15-member CARES Act steering committee — appointed by

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Employee Benefits

Funds for Insurance Plan for Public Schools in Arkansas Debated

Written by: Mike Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Some state Board of Finance members on Tuesday contemplated asking the Legislative Council for more money to put into the health insurance plan for public schools next year beyond the $35 million the council authorized on Friday. But the board stopped short of giving a recommendation to state lawmakers

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Employee Benefits

State Board of Finance on Public School Employee Health Insurance

Written by Max Brantley, Arkansas Times The state Board of Finance took up today the question of dealing with a $70 million shortfall expected next year in the public school employee health insurance program. It heard a variety of ideas about addressing the shortfall and was encouraged to consider a motion for the legislature to

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