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 [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 9

2023-03-17T16:19:31+00:00 Mar 9th, 2023|Summaries|

On Thursday, the House passed HB1462. This bill clarifies the definition of “unaccompanied homeless youth” to mean an individual between the ages of 16 and 22 who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This includes a young person who has either run away from home, forced to leave his or [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 8

2023-03-17T16:18:26+00:00 Mar 8th, 2023|Summaries|

On Wednesday, the House passed HB1035. This bill requires a healthcare insurer that offers, issues, or renews a health benefit plan in this state to provide coverage for screening for depression of the birth mother by a healthcare professional within the first 6 weeks of the birth mother's having given birth on or after January [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 7

2023-03-17T16:17:27+00:00 Mar 7th, 2023|Summaries|

On Tuesday, the House Education Committee advanced several bills including HB1511. This bill states that by January 1, 2029, every school bus owned or operated by a school shall have an electronic child safety alarm system installed. The full House passed HB1452. This bill requires hospitals to comply with federal hospital pricing regulations and directs [...]

Daily Summary – Mar 6

2023-03-17T16:15:05+00:00 Mar 6th, 2023|Summaries|

House members began the 9th week of the 2023 Regular Session on Monday. The House passed several bills addressing elections including HB1487. This bill creates the Ballot Security Act of 2023. The bill allows for the tracking of ballots and proper delivery and creates a process to preserve spoiled ballots. The House passed HB1510. This [...]