ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Bill Status Report
05-03-2019 - 16:32:50

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HB 1003    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Adds various antibullying measures to school policies, including the appointment of a school antibullying specialist in each district and increased notification and reporting requirements for instances of bullying.
Bill History: 01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-29-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1006    Fite, Charlene (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Creates an enhanced criminal penalty for passing a stopped school bus while demonstrating a reckless disregard for the safety of school bus passengers, a class A misdemeanor with a fine between $500 and $2,500.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-18-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 166 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1007    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires school districts to consider a teacher's experience as a teacher in another state for the purposes of determining compensation.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Placed on the House calendar
04-03-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-03-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1014    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Adds bleeding control training as a required component of high school health courses.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-28-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 245 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1015    Mayberry, Julie (R) Requires a journalism course be offered as an elective in public schools serving grades nine through twelve (9-12), when 15 students request that the school offer the course.
Bill History: 03-29-19 H Amendment 4 adopted
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1018    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Increases the number of school districts entitled to nine board members by lowering the population requirements from those with an average daily membership of 24,000 or more to those with an average membership of 20,000 or more.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-09-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 824 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1019    Sorvillo, Jim (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires video cameras to be placed in certain classrooms upon written request by a parent or guardian, school employee, superintendent, principal, etc. and limits the duration of the request to one school year.
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Amendment 3 adopted
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1020    Warren, Les (R)
English, Jane (R)
Allows school districts to consider a teacher's experience as a teacher in another state for the purposes of determining placement on the salary schedule.
Bill History: 02-04-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
02-20-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


HB 1145    Cozart, Bruce (R) Creates the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act, increasing the amounts of teachers' compensation on standardized pay scales based on education level and experience for 2019-2021 and projecting increases forward for 2022-2023.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-18-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 170 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1173    House, Douglas (R) Requires an annual financial stress test for eight named publicly funded retirement systems and delineates all information that must be provided by the stress test.
Bill History: 03-07-19 H Amendment 5 adopted
04-01-19 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
04-24-19 H Died in committee Joint Retirement


HB 1175    Evans, Brian (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Exempts a student who resides on military base from deadlines that otherwise apply to applications for school transfers under Public School Choice Acts of 2004 and 2015.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-18-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 171 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1182    Fite, Charlene (R)
Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Makes the offense of using a cell phone while driving in a school zone a primary offense for which a law enforcement officer may stop a driver for non-compliance.
Bill History: 02-28-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 288 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1206    House, Douglas (R) Sets the cost of living adjustment amount for the Teacher Retirement System using the Consumer Price Index, or three percent, whichever is less. Lists individuals who are eligible for the cost of living adjustment.
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-27-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried Joint Retirement
02-27-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1223    Gray, Michelle (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Declares school bus drivers who are employed to drive regular routes during the annual school year eligible to participate in the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-27-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 563 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1224    Gray, Michelle (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Provides that retired members of the Teacher Retirement System who become employed with a covered employer are not exempt from termination for purposes of retirement eligibility if they become reemployed as a bus driver or substitute teacher.
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-12-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried Joint Retirement
02-12-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1231    Lowery, Mark (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Establishes the right of student journalists to engage in free speech in school-sponsored media.
Bill History: 03-07-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-08-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 395 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1232    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits all payroll deductions for union dues, other than for firefighters, police officers and emergency first responders.
Bill History: 01-23-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1268    Barker, Sonia (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires schools to include a literacy plan based on the science of reading in their annual school-level improvement plans.
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-06-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
02-06-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1273    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Requires the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a ridesharing application to determine whether the results support modification of the program.
Bill History: 01-28-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1292    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Requires election ballots concerning a millage to include a definition of the term millage and an example of the property tax calculation formula.
Bill History: 02-20-20 H Placed on the House calendar
02-20-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
02-20-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1301    Cozart, Bruce (R) Requires professional licensing boards and other entities to adopt the least restrictive requirements for reciprocal licensing of persons who hold relevant licenses in other states, through issuance of temporary 90-day licenses.
Companions:
HB 1255 Dotson, Jim (Related)
  7-24-19 G Effective date
Bill History: 03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 426 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1302    Cozart, Bruce (R) Provides for proposed state agency rules resulting from legislation that affects multiple agencies to be grouped together for purposes of providing notice, holding joint hearings, and moving the rules through the legislative review process.
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-06-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 319 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1303    Cozart, Bruce (R) Creates a basis for occupational licensing entities to waive a person's disqualification or revocation of licensure when based on a criminal background check. Requires occupational education programs to establish criteria for checks.
Bill History: 02-05-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-05-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-05-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1305    Davis, Andy (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Establishes the Department of Labor and Licensing as a cabinet-level department, transferring 25 state entities to the Department and assigning powers and duties under the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019.
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-26-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...H-State Agencies
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-State Agencies


HB 1308    Gray, Michelle (R) Limits a disability retiree of the Teacher Retirement System to 80 days of actual service during a fiscal year in order to receive a monthly disability retirement; repeals the authorization to serve longer if in a different capacity from previous position
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-26-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 209 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1310    Warren, Les (R) Amends a provision for funding the public school employer contribution for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, from funds appropriated to the Department of Education to 'additional funds appropriated' for the purpose.
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-29-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 594 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1311    Warren, Les (R) State retirement systems (shell bill)
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Journal Committee


HB 1312    Warren, Les (R) Teacher Retirement benefits (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Journal Committee


HB 1313    Warren, Les (R) Teacher retirement (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Journal Committee


HB 1314    Maddox, John (R) Adds unused, accrued sick leave to the definition of salary for purposes of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
03-18-19 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
04-24-19 H Died in committee Joint Retirement


HB 1315    Maddox, John (R) Adds unused, accrued sick leave to the definition of salary for purposes of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. Effective date of July 1, 2019.
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
03-18-19 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
04-24-19 H Died in committee Joint Retirement


HB 1316    Smith, Stu (R) Makes dependent child benefits of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System that are for college-enrolled children between age 18 and 23 only apply to dependents of deceased members of the system.
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-26-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 210 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1319    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Changes eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year to include any teacher in student contact more than 70 percent of the time and removes the exclusion for guidance counselors and librarians, making them eligible as well.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-28-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 251 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1320    Maddox, John (R) Makes technical corrections to Title 24 of the Arkansas Code concerning retirement and pensions under the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.
Bill History: 03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 427 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1335    Maddox, John (R) Provides that if a person has accrued a full year of service credit for a fiscal year that the annuity shall not begin earlier than on July 1 after the fiscal year for the purposes of voluntary retirement under the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-29-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 595 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1356    Davis, Andy (R) Prohibits schools from denying a student access to meal or snack services or taking actions that might stigmatize the student; authorizes schools to contact parents regarding debts and meal benefits; requires a Department of Education study.
Bill History: 03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 428 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1361    Davis, Andy (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Establishes the Department of Education as a cabinet-level department, transferring 15 state entities to the Department and assigning powers and duties under the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019.
Bill History: 02-04-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-12-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...H-State Agencies
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-State Agencies


HB 1390    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits school districts from setting a date to begin the school year that is earlier than the third Monday in August. Prohibits any waivers that would allow a school district to set an earlier start date.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-09-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-09-19 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Education


HB 1396    Bentley, Mary (R) Authorizes school districts to drug test job applicants and randomly drug test current employees.
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-06-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 323 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1397    Cozart, Bruce (R) Provides that teachers will be compensated for planning time lost or not received, regardless of whether the planning time is individual planning time or not.
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-21-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1398    Meeks, Stephen (R) Amends school discipline procedures, repealing mandatory expulsion from school for possession of firearms or weapons and requiring programs or alternative methods to continue student engagement during suspensions and expulsions.
Bill History: 03-29-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 640 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1402    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Requires any special elections in years with a preferential primary or general election to be held on those election dates; provides dates in May and November for special elections in off-cycle years.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Meeting cancelled for 04/08/19 ...H-State Agencies
04-09-19 H Meeting set for Call of the Chair - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-State Agencies


HB 1404    Speaks, Nelda (R)
Flippo, Scott (R)
Allows a school district's budget to be published in a newspaper that is not published in the county, but does have a bona fide circulation in the county.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-09-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 828 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1409    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Makes changes to provisions for unstructured social time in public elementary schools, requiring a minimum of 40 minutes of instructional time be used for “recess” as defined.
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 641 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1412    Eubanks, Jon (R) Prohibits a school district from using public funds to pay a teacher's or classified employee's membership dues in an educational professional organization.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Placed on the House calendar
04-10-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-10-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1413    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits a school district from charging private school or home school students for concurrent enrollment courses when the district does not charge public or charter school students for the the courses.
Bill History: 03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 429 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1416    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Removes the maximum daily membership, currently 20,000 students, for school districts that are subject to minimum area and attendance requirements.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-20-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 528 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1419    Lowery, Mark (R) Requires public schools to adopt policies that allow private school and home school students to enroll in academic courses, provided that their enrollment will not create a financial loss for the district.
Bill History: 03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 430 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1432    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Protects freedom of expression for student media, indemnifies school officials or board members from any criminal/civil action action arising from publication and protects students from interference.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 1
04-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 912 )


HB 1437    Dalby, Carol (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Creates criminal offenses for persons who fail to correctly report a threat of violence against a school or a student, if they gain knowledge of the threat in the course of their duties and fall within a list of 40 professions and volunteer posts.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-20-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 530 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1456    Richey, Chris (D) Requires the State Board of Education to issue standard five-year teaching licenses to teachers licensed in contiguous states. Lowers certification scores by 1-point from the lowest-accepted scores among contiguous state. Makes other changes.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-25-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
02-25-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1457    Richey, Chris (D) Declares a student who transfers to a nonresident public school district to be immediately eligible for athletic activities. Provides for the resident district to contest the student's eligibility based on the recruitment by the nonresident district.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-25-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
02-25-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1458    Richey, Chris (D) Requires local law enforcement to assign officers for two full weeks of the school year to follow school buses and report observations relating to the enforcement of provisions prohibiting the passing of a school bus while it is stopped.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-12-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1467    Lowery, Mark (R) Deems students with disabilities who have an individualized service plan in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act eligible for the Succeed Scholarship Program.
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-21-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 548 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1468    Lowery, Mark (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Makes changes to school choice laws, changing references to schools in academic distress to schools in need of Level 5 — intensive support or public schools with a rating of “F” under state laws and board rules.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 754 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1485    Eubanks, Jon (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Amends provisions for school district use of national school lunch categorical funding.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-20-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 532 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1492    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Cooper, John (R)
Allows high school students to receive training in elections work and to assist with certain duties, such as guarding the ballot box, on a volunteer basis.
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-06-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 328 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1508    Davis, Andy (R) Declares home-schooled students eligible to participate in interscholastic activities at a private school immediately upon being approved to participate.
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-02-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 656 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1511    Lowery, Mark (R) Requires that non-public school students with disabilities, including those enrolled in a private school and those home schooled, be eligible for the Succeed Scholarship Program.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-12-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1537    Evans, Brian (R)
English, Jane (R)
Adds to the parties subject to compulsory school attendance provisions, including foster parents and others; authorizes early enrollment in kindergarten for students from out of state who arrived under court (custody) or military orders.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 756 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1544    Meeks, Stephen (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Amends various provisions related to school personnel background checks.
Bill History: 03-20-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 536 )
03-25-19 G Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1551    Eubanks, Jon (R) Makes various changes to provisions for school notification following conviction or adjudication of a minor.
Bill History: 03-29-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 647 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1573    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Makes various changes and technical corrections to provisions for public schools.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 757 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1600    Hodges, Grant (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Declares an individual who earns a teaching license upon successful completion of the Non-Traditional Licensure Program or the Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure program an eligible student for the State Teacher Education Program.
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-29-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 603 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1607    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Adds institutions of higher education to the required display of In God We Trust posters that is currently in effect for public school districts.
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-29-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 604 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1608    Scott, Jamie (D) Requires the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth to perform a study on adverse childhood experiences and the associated services and intervention programs, including school and DHS efforts.
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Militar
03-25-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1617    Scott, Jamie (D) Requires schools to adopt specific policies addressing teen dating violence and alleged incidents of teen dating violence.
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-11-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1621    Dotson, Jim (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires schools or state agencies that provide education programs concerning risk behavior to utilize a prevention-first and risk avoidance strategy programming message.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 841 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1626    Cloud, Joe (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires a public school or school district to offer an academic study of the Bible course if at least 15 students request it.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1016 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1629    Mayberry, Julie (R) Authorizes schools to use national school lunch state categorical funding to maintain a student to nurse ratio of one nurse for every 750 students; provides that schools within one mile may share a nurse to meet a requirement of one per 500 students.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 5/N: 10)
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1638    Allen, Fred (D)
English, Jane (R)
Alters requirements for the issuance of an elementary teaching license or a special education teaching license, removing a mandated pedagogical assessment and requiring instead that applicants demonstrate pedagogical competence.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-20-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 540 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1647    Allen, Fred (D)
English, Jane (R)
Amends eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship by changing the minimum composite score on the ACT to a minimum superscore on the ACT or on an ACT equivalent.
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-21-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 549 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1648    Allen, Fred (D) Specifies that materials and resources required for teaching African-American history in public schools include Arkansas civil rights leaders and events during the civil rights era.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1018 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1657    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Cheatham, Eddie (D)
Adds professional learning credits to teacher accreditation professional development provisions.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-03-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 666 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1684    Douglas, Dan (R) Requires that graduates of a public or private high school in Arkansas must have resided in the state for three years at the time of their application to a state supported institution of higher learning in order to qualify for in-state tuition.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 844 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1685    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Increases the per-student foundation funding amount by $118, to $6,899 for the 2019-2020 school year, and sets other public school funding amounts.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-03-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 667 )
04-03-19 G Effective date


HB 1715    Murdock, Reginald (D) Creates designated regional alternative learning environment high schools for students who have been adjudicated; addresses alternative learning environment funding.
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1733    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Establishes a Class C felony for making a threat to commit mass violence on school property, including all daycare, preschool, high school, and higher education properties.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 969 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1745    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Authorizes schools to maintain and use a standing prescription for epinephrine auto-injector or albuterol (inhalers) to be used in case of perceived emergency; provides related civil immunity for school employees and physicians.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 851 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1747    Dotson, Jim (R) Authorizes school teachers and administrators to post additional historical documents of significance to American heritage and to require related curriculum and student competency.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 852 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1757    Godfrey, Megan (D) Authorizes teaching license eligibility for non-citizens who are approved for exemption under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and have a valid employment authorization document.
Bill History: 03-07-19 H Filed
03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-28-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1758    Richardson, Jay (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Creates an intrastate exchange program allowing students in public schools and open-enrollment public schools to study at schools in other communities for a defined period of time.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-05-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-05-19 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Education


HB 1790    Glover, Don (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Requires schools to offer expelled students digital learning courses or other alternative educational courses for credit equal to what the expelled student may have received while enrolled.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-04-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 709 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1807    Cozart, Bruce (R) Requires school districts to allot 200 compensated minutes each week to teachers for scheduling, 80 minutes of each to be designated individual planning time; redefines 'noninstructional duties' and 'instructional purposes.'
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-28-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-28-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1832    Murdock, Reginald (D) Provides additional funding to 36 school districts as a supplement to teacher salaries.
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 7/N: 11)
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1847    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Requires a school district to notify the Department of Transportation of its' site selection for a traffic impact analysis; provides school districts the option of incorporating the results of the analysis. Requires promulgated rules.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 858 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1862    Collins, Andrew (D)
Bond, Will (D)
Requires a public school under the authority of the State Board of Education to be returned to local control if, after five years of the assumption of authority by the state board, the public school district has met any of the specified criteria.
Companions:
SB 553 Bond, Will (Same As)
  4-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1865    Jean, Lane (R) Provides for transfer of unobligated or unallocated funds to the Rainy Day Fund from accounts, including the Development and Enhancement Fund, General Revenue Allotment Reserve Fund, and funds provided by the Attorney General.
Companions:
SB 595 Teague, Larry (Same As)
  7- 1-19 G Effective date
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1023 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


HB 1890    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Repeals the exception to the maximum class size that a teacher is permitted to teach without additional compensation, which were courses as defined by the Department of Education that lend themselves to large group instruction.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 979 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1901    Allen, Fred (D) Creates the Academic Support Scholarship, to be administered by the Department of Higher Education, a $250 award for support with college preparation costs such as tutoring, assessment fees, educational materials, and technology fees.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1026 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1903    Mayberry, Julie (R) Requires the State Board of Education to present adopted regulations, criteria and standards to the House and Senate Committees on Education at least one time each year.
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
04-02-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1933    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Amends school anti-bullying policy, including school board member and licensed personnel continuing education, notice procedures and reporting requirements.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1029 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1934    Cozart, Bruce (R) Repeals the authorization for school boards to conduct annual financial audits using an alternative basis that is in accordance with applicable guidelines.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 867 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HB 1959    Perry, Mark (D)
Bond, Will (D)
Reduces college tuition for children of full-time licensed public school teachers by ten percent at state-supported institutions of higher education.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


HB 1963    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Creates the ARSafeSchools pilot program for UAMS to provide a crisis line through telephone or text message for students to anonymously report various incidents, crimes, or symptoms of mental illness concerning themselves or others.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-16-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1064 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


HCR1006    House Management Extends the regular session of the 92nd General Assembly to April 12, 2019, providing for a recess at close of business that day.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Resolution concurred (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-11-19 G Approved by the Governor


HJR1004    Davis, Andy (R) To amend the constitution as it relates to highways and highway funding. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 04-04-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried JBC - Special Language Subcommittee
04-04-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Journal Committee
04-04-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HR 1011    Davis, Andy (R) Suspends House Rules to allow the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 to be filed after the deadline for filing bills that affect retirement and pension systems.
Companions:
SR 6 Hester, Bart (Related)
  1-29-19 S Adopted
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Placed on the House calendar
01-30-19 H [H] 20190130/-1/16689 (13:42:31)
01-30-19 H Adopted (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)


HR 1012    Davis, Andy (R) Suspends Joint Rules to allow the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 to be filed after the deadline for filing bills that affect retirement and pension systems.
Companions:
SR 7 Hester, Bart (Same As)
  1-29-19 S Adopted
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Placed on the House calendar
01-30-19 H [H] 20190130/-1/16689 (13:44:59)
01-30-19 H Adopted (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)


SB 115    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Creates exemptions to the Minimum Wage Act, including employers with fewer than 25 employees, nonprofits, persons under 18, persons with felony convictions, and persons with developmental disabilities.
Bill History: 03-13-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-13-19 S Amendment 3 adopted
04-24-19 S Died on the Senate calendar


SB 118    Hammer, Kim (R) Requires educational institutions and their administrators to give students and faculty the broadest possible latitude to engage in free speech as defined and prohibits them from shielding individuals from or otherwise suppressing free speech.
Bill History: 04-12-19 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Education
04-12-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-12-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 136    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for grants and aid to local school districts and special programs for fiscal 2019-2020.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 877 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 137    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education – Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation for fiscal 2019-2020.
Bill History: 02-13-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-14-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 145 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 138    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for fiscal 2019-2020 operations.
Bill History: 04-02-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 727 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 153    English, Jane (R)
Barker, Sonia (R)
Requires public school districts and open-enrollment public charter schools to include a literacy plan in the school-level improvement plan that complies with established standards and incorporates an approved list of sources to be identified by 2020.
Bill History: 02-08-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 83 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 171    Cooper, John (R) Creates seven-member Occupation Licensing Sunrise and Sunset Commission appointed by the governor to review all legislation relating to licensure requirements, unregulated occupations inconsistent with the public health and safety and similar matters.
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Meeting set for 3:00 p.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-19-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-19-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 175    Cooper, John (R) Permits an occupational licensing entity to waive disqualification or revocation of a license for offenses in the Arkansas Code upon the request of listed parties who meet enumerated criteria.
Bill History: 03-22-19 S Meeting cancelled for 03/25/19 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-03-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 199    Davis, Breanne (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Repeals the Public School Services Act and creates the School Counseling Improvement Act under which each public school district is required to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program utilizing specific frameworks.
Bill History: 02-20-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-21-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 190 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 210    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Makes changes to the procedures for correcting errors when a benefit participant has a balance due to the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, limiting cancellations to contributory credits and/or balances.
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 85 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 211    Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Jett, Joe (R)
Creates the Tax Competitiveness and Relief Act of 2019, adjusting income ranges for tax brackets for all residents, individuals, trusts or estates.
Bill History: 02-18-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-19-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 182 )
02-19-19 G Effective date


SB 214    Sample, Bill (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (shell bill)
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
04-01-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
04-24-19 S Died in committee Joint Retirement


SB 218    Cheatham, Eddie (D) Authorizes the board of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System to allow early participation in Teacher Deferred Retirement Option Plan with at least 28 years of service. Sets the plan deposit calculation for members.
Bill History: 03-04-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 296 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 220    Sample, Bill (R) Repeals obsolete provisions in Title 24 relating to retirement benefits and creates an exception for elected officials to the provision that members of the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System may not be re-employed in a covered position.
Bill History: 03-11-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-13-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 448 )
03-13-19 G Effective date


SB 222    Cheatham, Eddie (D) Makes changes to the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System regarding participants' election to become contributory or noncontributory members upon presentation of written election to the system; makes structural changes to contributory status.
Bill History: 03-04-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 297 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 231    Hammer, Kim (R) Redefines “public records” and the Freedom of Information Act to extend to a private entity expending a minimum of 20 percent of its time, resources and efforts in support of a government entity.
Bill History: 04-12-19 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-State Agencies
04-12-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-12-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-State Agencies


SB 235    Hammer, Kim (R) Strikes restrictions that prevent school employees to act as election officials.
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-26-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 553 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 236    Hammer, Kim (R) Protects a public employee's political activities against penalties or restrictions imposed by his or her public employer and provides that a public employee shall not be prohibited from or restricted in expressing his or her views.
Bill History: 04-12-19 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-State Agencies
04-12-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-12-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-State Agencies


SB 248    Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (shell bill)
Bill History: 02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
04-01-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
04-08-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 250    Clark, Alan (R) Provides that a call to the Child Abuse Hotline regarding educational neglect can only be accepted if the report alleges that the parent intentionally failed to ensure attendance at school for 15 days or more, and other listed allegations are made.
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-26-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 554 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 304    Bond, Will (D)
Burch, LeAnne (D)
Authorizes each school district to offer a health curriculum that incorporates instruction on mental health, substance abuse and addiction, dietary and obesity issues, tobacco use and teenage pregnancy prevention.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 8/N: 6)
04-04-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education


SB 307    Sturch, James (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Specifies that a licensed educator, as defined for purposes of ethics violations, includes persons whose license expired during the ethics complaint process, and persons employed under an emergency teaching permit.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 475 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 316    Hill, Ricky (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Allows high schools students to earn credit for the required family finance course starting in ninth grade.
Bill History: 03-11-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-14-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 466 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 349    Clark, Alan (R) Creates personnel reporting requirements for schools based on low reading assessment levels, restricting school lunch categorical funding the following year and making the school ineligible in year three for funding if no improvement.
Bill History: 04-12-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
04-12-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-12-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 381    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Prohibits school districts from using corporal punishment on a child with a disability or having discipline policies that would allow its' use. Removes civil liability protections for personnel and volunteers who violate this provision.
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-26-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 557 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 382    Davis, Breanne (R)
Slape, Keith (R)
Authorizes the State Board of Education to promulgate rules for the reinstatement of a revoked teaching license after five years has lapsed since the revocation, or ten years since a revocation resulting from a felony or ethics violation.
Bill History: 03-28-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 628 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 392    Ballinger, Bob (R) Repeals exemptions that are applied to teachers who have negotiated contracts through collective bargaining or are employed in a district consolidated into a district with a recognized negotiating organization.
Bill History: 04-01-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 728 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 449    Irvin, Missy (R)
Meeks, Stephen (R)
Changes the composition of the Safe Schools Committee and enlarges the body by adding seven seats to be filled by designated officials.
Bill History: 04-04-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-09-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 809 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 477    English, Jane (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Amends school accountability reporting provisions.
Bill History: 03-28-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 631 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 483    English, Jane (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Amends provisions relating to the authority of the Department of Education with regard to districts that are in fiscal distress.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 929 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 490    Hammer, Kim (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Expands eligibility requirements for the Succeed Program for students who have been in the foster care system, those who have been diagnosed with a disability and those who participated in the program during the prior year.
Bill History: 04-11-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-17-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1078 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 509    Davis, Breanne (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Distributes funds from the Educational Excellence Trust Fund to four-year higher educational institutions according to their full-time equivalent enrollment.
Bill History: 03-29-19 S Committee motion to amend carried
04-09-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


SB 535    Johnson, Blake (R)
Murdock, Reginald (D)
Revises the method for calculating the Academic Facilities Wealth Index beginning in fiscal year 2022-2023, and again adjusting it in 2024-2025, with regard to the allocation of student millage rankings.
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-17-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1080 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 538    Sturch, James (R) Authorizes a public school district to petition for the same waivers granted to charter schools regardless of whether the charter school draws students from that district. Limits any granted waivers to five years in duration. Makes other revisions.
Bill History: 04-05-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-09-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 815 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 539    Johnson, Blake (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Creates an income tax credit for donations to nonprofits that distribute scholarships to parents for use against the cost of tuition, tutoring, and related costs of attending nonpublic schools and of concurrent enrollment at higher education institutions.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
04-08-19 H Moved to deferred list H-Education
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 549    English, Jane (R) Makes various changes relating to school facilities, school districts in facilities distress status, and the authority of the Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 933 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 553    Bond, Will (D)
Collins, Andrew (D)
Requires a public school under the authority of the State Board of Education to be returned to local control if, after five years of the assumption of authority by the state board, the public school district has met any of the specified criteria.
Companions:
HB 1862 Collins, Andrew (Same As)
  4-24-19 H Died in committee H-Education
Bill History: 03-29-19 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-09-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


SB 593    Leding, Greg (D)
Godfrey, Megan (D)
Requires the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education to collaborate on providing training materials on prevention of child trafficking to local school districts.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 937 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 595    Teague, Larry (D) Provides for transfer of unobligated or unallocated funds to the Rainy Day Fund from accounts, including the Development and Enhancement Fund, General Revenue Allotment Reserve Fund, and funds provided by the Attorney General.
Companions:
HB 1865 Jean, Lane (Same As)
  7- 1-19 G Effective date
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 997 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 603    Clark, Alan (R) Places new requirements on the Department of Education (DOE) and school districts, among them coordinated and direct support from DOE to certain school districts and development of literacy plans by categorized school districts.
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-17-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1082 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 618    Sturch, James (R) Allows an income tax credit for qualifying early childhood education program directors, teachers and instructional staff in amounts correlating to levels of training and education attained.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-09-19 H Meeting set for Call of the Chair - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-24-19 H Died in committee H-Revenue and Taxation


SB 620    Johnson, Blake (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Creates a pilot program in Pulaski County to provide Rainy Day funds for scholarships distributed through nonprofits for use against the cost of tuition, tutoring, and related costs of attending nonpublic schools and higher education.
Bill History: 03-20-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-09-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


SB 633    Leding, Greg (D) Requires teacher evaluators to place teachers in intensive support status if they have a rating of 'unsatisfactory' in one of the four domains of the evaluation framework; authorizes the status if a teacher has a rating of 'basic' in three of four.
Bill History: 04-05-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-08-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-08-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 638    English, Jane (R)
Burch, LeAnne (D)
Adds the children of parents from all components of the uniformed services to the provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children as they relate to children of active duty members.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 939 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 664    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Scott, Jamie (D)
Makes various changes to the corrections educational system including dyslexia screening and reading assessment within 30 days of commitment to the Department of Corrections; provides a number of intervention and remeidal services.
Bill History: 04-11-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-17-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1088 )
07-24-19 G Effective date


SB 666    Elliott, Joyce (D)
McCullough, Tippi (D)
Prohibits a school resource officer from disciplining students or acting in the capacity of a police officer unless it is necessary to prevent or contain a situation that would place students and school employees at risk of harm.
Bill History: 04-01-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-09-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


SB 668    Hammer, Kim (R) Authorizes for the State School Board to grant two 24-month extensions to the five-year period of assumption of authority, delaying the annexation or consolidation of a district that has not demonstrated that it meets the criteria to exit Level 5 control.
Bill History: 04-09-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-09-19 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-09-19 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 681    Elliott, Joyce (D) Applies the Freedom of Information Act to public charter schools, charter school management entities, and any private schools that receive state funds.
Bill History: 04-03-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-09-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
04-24-19 S Died in committee S-Education


SR 6    Hester, Bart (R) Suspends Senate Rules to allow the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 to be filed after the deadline for filing bills that affect retirement and pension systems.
Companions:
HR 1011 Davis, Andy (Related)
  1-30-19 H Adopted (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
Bill History: 01-28-19 S Introduced and referred to calendar
01-29-19 S On floor for consideration
01-29-19 S Adopted


SR 7    Hester, Bart (R) Suspends Joint Rules to allow the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 to be filed after the deadline for filing bills that affect retirement and pension systems.
Companions:
HR 1012 Davis, Andy (Same As)
  1-30-19 H Adopted (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
Bill History: 01-29-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-29-19 S On floor for consideration
01-29-19 S Adopted


SR 25    Elliott, Joyce (D) In support of community schools as an evidence-based strategy to provide desired student outcomes.
Bill History: 03-06-19 S Filed
03-11-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-11-19 S Adopted


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