Daily Update – Mar 17

On Friday, the House passed HB1621 which changes the date of annual school elections. This bill strikes the portion of the law allowing school elections to be held in September and directs the elections to be held on the same day as the preferential primary or the general election.

The House also approved HB1400 which bans the smoking of medical marijuana in places where cigarette smoking is also prohibited.
The House passed HB1666 which requires institutions of higher education to provide information on mental health and suicide prevention services to new students.

And the House passed SB519 which instructs the Department of Education to update resources for the teaching of historical contributions by African Americans with an emphasis on American civil rights leaders. It also instructs the department to develop teaching materials relating to Arkansas and the American Civil War.
SB519 also eliminates the dual joint holiday commemorating Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King. Robert E. Lee will be commemorated on the second Saturday in October.

The House will reconvene on Monday at 1:30pm.

2017-03-30T15:01:27+00:00 Mar 17th, 2017|Summaries|