Daily Summary – Mar 30

2023-04-21T15:39:11+00:00 Mar 30th, 2023|Summaries|

House members completed the 12th week of the 2023 Regular Session on Thursday. Next week, the House is expected to address criminal justice reform, tax cuts, and the Revenue Stabilization Act (RSA). The RSA prioritizes general revenue spending for the next fiscal year. On Thursday, the House passed the following bills: SB377-This bill creates a [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 29

2023-04-21T15:37:41+00:00 Mar 29th, 2023|Summaries|

More than 360 bills have been signed into law and many more are making their way to the Governor’s desk as we approach what could be the final week of the 2023 Regular Session. On Wednesday, the House passed HB1011. This bill requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to reimburse for depression screenings for pregnant women. [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 28

2023-04-21T15:36:43+00:00 Mar 28th, 2023|Summaries|

On Tuesday, the House passed SB248. This bill creates the Arkansas Challenge Plus Scholarship Program. The bill states that a student is eligible to receive an Arkansas Challenge Plus Scholarship if the student receives the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship and demonstrates financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 27

2023-04-21T15:35:54+00:00 Mar 27th, 2023|Summaries|

On Monday, the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee began hearing testimony for proposed constitutional amendments. The committee did not take any action on the proposals today but plans to do so when it meets again on Wednesday. The full House passed the following bills on Monday: HB1468. This bill prohibits requiring employees of [...]

Weekly Summary – Mar 24

2023-04-21T15:34:51+00:00 Mar 24th, 2023|Summaries|

When House members return from the spring break recess, they will begin the process reviewing proposed constitutional amendments. Those hearings will take place in the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. Every member who has filed a proposed constitutional amendment will have the opportunity to present his or her proposal during the committee meetings. [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 17

2023-04-21T15:32:50+00:00 Mar 17th, 2023|Summaries|

House members will now be taking an extended recess. When the House reconvenes on March 27, members will be addressing public safety legislation, constitutional amendments, and the budget. In the days leading up to the recess, the House passed a number of bills addressing human trafficking, elections, and employment. Bills passed this week that amend [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 16

2023-03-17T16:25:12+00:00 Mar 16th, 2023|Summaries|

On Thursday, the House passed HB1496. This bill amends the law concerning abuse of an athletic contest official by making the offense a felony if serious physical injury occurs. The House also passed the following: HB1479-This bill would prohibit the purchase of or acquisition of title to agricultural land by a governmental entity of the [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 15

2023-03-17T16:24:23+00:00 Mar 15th, 2023|Summaries|

On Wednesday, the House passed HB1207. This bill creates the Fast-Track Permits Act. It states that a local government official shall act by approval, denial, or request for revision of an applicant's request for a permit within 60 days of the request. The House also passed the following: HB1575-This bill requires an individual to make [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 13

2023-03-17T16:22:41+00:00 Mar 13th, 2023|Summaries|

On Monday, the House passed several bills regarding elections including the following: HB1457-This bill directs the State Board of Election Commissioners to develop an online training program for poll watchers. HB1457 also identifies who can serve as a poll watcher, requires all poll watchers to wear an identification badge, and outlines the process for poll [...]

Weekly Summary – Mar 10

2023-03-17T16:21:23+00:00 Mar 10th, 2023|Summaries|

In the 9th week of the 2023 Regular Session, the House passed several bills addressing education, elections, and healthcare. The House also passed a bill to increase the property tax credit for Arkansas families. With a vote of 99-0, the House voted in favor of increasing the homestead property tax credit from $375 a year [...]