House OKs bill to cap benefits of permanently disabled workers

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 68-19 Monday to approve a bill to cap workers’ compensation benefits for workers who are permanently disabled by an on-the-job injury.

House Bill 1586 by Rep. John Payton, R-Wilburn, would cap the benefits at 450 weeks, or about eight years and eight months.

The bill goes to the Senate.

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‘Born alive’ bill goes to governor

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 84-1 Monday to approve and send to the governor a bill to require a doctor to try to save the life of a baby that is born alive during an abortion.

Senate Bill 148 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, which passed previously in the Senate, would require that if an abortion results in a live birth, the doctor performing the procedure must notify the mother, provide immediate medical care to the child and call 911 if the birth does not occur in a hospital.

Violating the measure would be a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Senate approves bill to make some state police records secret

LITTLE ROCK — The Senate voted 23-4 Monday to approve a bill that would exempt certain records of the Arkansas State Police from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Senate Bill 131 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, would exempt “records or other information that upon disclosure could reasonably be expected to be detrimental to the public safety.”

The bill goes to the House.

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House OKs bill to make Governor’s Mansion records secret

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 77-7 Monday to approve a bill to make Arkansas State Police records concerning the Governor’s Mansion and the mansion grounds exempt from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

House Bill 1590 by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, goes to the Senate.