Summaries

Daily Update – Mar 19

2019-04-04T19:54:24+00:00 Mar 19th, 2019|Summaries|

With a vote of 91-0, the House passed HB1685. This bill increases the foundation funding for K-12 education from the current $6,713 per student to $6,899 per student for the 2019-2020 school year. The bill increases funding to $7,018 per student the following school year. The House passed HB1684. This bill ensures students receive in-state [...]

Daily Update – Mar 18

2019-04-04T19:53:54+00:00 Mar 18th, 2019|Summaries|

On Monday, House members began the 10th week of the Regular Session. With a vote of 87-0 and 4 members voting present, the House passed HB1754. This bill seeks to address the recent overdose related deaths inside state prisons. In 2018, 22 inmates died in the Department of Correction as the result of illicit drugs. [...]

Weekly Update – Mar 15

2019-04-04T19:53:14+00:00 Mar 15th, 2019|Summaries|

This week, the House passed legislation which will change the way our communities respond to emergencies, the way we regulate our businesses, and the way our government is structured. One of the many bills passed on the House floor in the 9th week of the session was The Arkansas Public Safety Act (HB1564). This bill [...]

Daily Update – Mar 14

2019-04-04T19:52:29+00:00 Mar 14th, 2019|Summaries|

With a vote of 82-0 and 10 members voting present, the House passed the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019. This bill reduces the number of cabinet-level agencies by nearly 65 percent, from 42 to 15. A cabinet level secretary will serve as the executive head of each department. The House passed HB1564. This bill [...]

Daily Update – Mar 13

2019-04-04T19:51:45+00:00 Mar 13th, 2019|Summaries|

The House State Agencies Committee advanced SB445. This bill states that the date of the primary election will be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March for years in which the office of President of the United States will appear on the ballot at the general election. The primary would continue [...]

Daily Update – Mar 12

2019-04-04T19:51:15+00:00 Mar 12th, 2019|Summaries|

The House Judiciary Committee advanced SB197. This bill clarifies that a law enforcement officer may carry open or concealed handgun both while on and off duty. The committee also advanced HB1625 which makes encouraging suicide a Class D felony. The House Education Committee advanced SB407. This bill gives the Department of Higher Education more flexibility [...]

Daily Update – Mar 11

2019-04-04T19:50:47+00:00 Mar 11th, 2019|Summaries|

On Monday, the House passed HB1523. This bill states a correctional or detention facility shall not place an inmate known to be pregnant, in labor, or in post-partum recovery in restraints unless the facility makes a determination that the inmate presents a substantial flight risk. The House passed HB1689. This bill increases the penalties for [...]

Weekly Update – Mar 8

2019-04-04T19:50:13+00:00 Mar 8th, 2019|Summaries|

Arkansas ranks forty-fourth in the nation when it comes to maternal mortality rates. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman who is pregnant or dies within 42 days after the end of the pregnancy. Arkansas currently has 35 maternal deaths per one hundred thousand 100,000 live births, compared with the national average [...]

Daily Update – Mar 7

2019-04-04T19:49:21+00:00 Mar 7th, 2019|Summaries|

The House Education Committee advanced HB1409. This bill provides 40 minutes of recess for elementary school students. Currently, most students are allowed 20 minutes. The committee also advanced HB1647. This bill amends the eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship to include the applicant’s superscore on the ACT. “Superscore" means the final composite score [...]

Daily Update – Mar 6

2019-04-04T19:48:23+00:00 Mar 6th, 2019|Summaries|

The House Rules committee advanced HB1565. This bill seeks to provide funding for a national cancer institute-designated center at UAMS. The bill provides the funding by diverting existing taxes on medical marijuana from general revenue to the institute trust fund. The trust fund would also receive new revenue created by a 50 cents per pack [...]