Cold, wintry weather didn’t freeze legislators from taking action on Monday. The House approved a bill that was voted down last week, while $10 million in funding for state inmates in county jails passed another hurdle in the Senate.
The Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project will reportedly deliver more than 3,500 megawatts “of low-cost wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast,” according to the project websit
On Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled his plan to reform the state’s prison, parole and probation programs in a holistic, comprehensive effort to reduce crime, stem repeat offenders and curtail a high-growth area of the state’s budget.
The weather early next week is expected to be cold, but lawmakers may be warming up to discussing workforce training, economic issues and criminal justice reform when the legislature reconvenes Monday.
The House City, County and Local Affairs committee approved a bill Wednesday that supporters say would improve intrastate commerce, with opponents saying it creates discrimination and takes away local control.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the funding bill for the state’s Private Option program securing spending authority for the state’s innovative and controversial Medicaid expansion program for another fiscal year.
Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, says despite party line differences over his controversial guns on college campuses legislation, he hopes to address enough concerns to win a swing vote to get the bill out of committee later in the session.