ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Bill Status Report
02-15-2019 - 16:04:13

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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: 11-15-18 H Filed
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


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 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


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: 11-27-18 H Filed
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


HB 1014    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Adds bleeding control training as a required component of high school health courses.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H [H] 20190214/-1/16808 (13:25:14)
02-14-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 3)
02-14-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education


HB 1015    Mayberry, Julie (R) Requires a journalism course be offered as an elective each year in public schools serving grades nine through twelve (9-12).
Bill History: 01-22-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
01-23-19 H Amendment 2 adopted
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...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 attendance of 24,000 or more to those with an average attendance of 20,000 or more.
Bill History: 12-05-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1019    Sorvillo, Jim (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: 02-08-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-11-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...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 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-04-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...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 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 S Emergency clause adopted
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


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: 02-12-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-13-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-13-19 H Amendment 2 adopted


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 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


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: 02-05-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 7)
02-05-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-18-19 S Meeting set for Upon adjournment of Senate - Old Supreme Cou Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


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: 02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
02-08-19 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
02-08-19 H Read second time - Referred to Joint Retirement


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: 02-06-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


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 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 Filed
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


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 Filed
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


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: 01-29-19 H Filed
01-29-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


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 one-year licenses.
Companions:
HB 1255 Dotson, Jim (Related)
  2-14-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-13-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


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: 02-11-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-11-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


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 Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to 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: 02-13-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
02-13-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1310    Warren, Les (R) Teacher Retirement (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


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


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


HB 1313    Warren, Les (R) Teacher retirement (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to 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 Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...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 Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...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: 02-13-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
02-13-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


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: 02-14-19 H [H] 20190214/-1/16808 (13:28:54)
02-14-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-14-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education


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: 01-31-19 H Filed
01-31-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement


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: 01-31-19 H Filed
01-31-19 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement


HB 1356    Davis, Andy (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Requires schools to provide a meal or snack that is reimbursable to the school to a student, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay or owes money for a previous meal or snack; provides parameters for parental contact, other policies.
Bill History: 01-31-19 H Filed
02-01-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-01-19 H Filed
02-04-19 H Introduced and referred to 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 Monday before Labor Day.
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1396    Bentley, Mary (R) Authorizes school districts to drug test job applicants and randomly drug test current employees.
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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 Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...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: 02-14-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-14-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-14-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1432    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Protects freedom of expression for student journalists of school-sponsored media, indemnifies school officials or board members from any criminal/civil action action arising from publication and protects students from interference.
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Filed
02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-14-19 H Re-referred to committee H-Judiciary
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


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: 02-13-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-13-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


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: 02-13-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...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: 02-14-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1468    Lowery, Mark (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Makes changes to school choice laws, changing references to schools in acadmeic 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: 02-14-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1485    Eubanks, Jon (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Amends provisions for school district use of national school lunch categorical funding.
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Filed
02-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HJR1004    Davis, Andy (R) To amend the constitution as it relates to highways and highway funding. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Filed
02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


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 50 employees, employers that are schools or institutions of higher education, and nonprofits.
Bill History: 01-24-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-24-19 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - 2/13/19 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


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: 01-16-19 S Filed
01-16-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...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: 01-18-19 S Filed
01-22-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
02-04-19 S Sent to subcommittee JBC - Special Language Subcommittee


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: 01-18-19 S Filed
01-22-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
02-04-19 S Sent to subcommittee JBC - Special Language Subcommittee


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: 02-07-19 H [H] 20190207/-1/16759 (11:57:54)
12-07-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
02-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 83 )


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: 01-28-19 S Filed
01-28-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - 2/13/19 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


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: 02-13-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-13-19 S Amendment 2 adopted
02-13-19 S Re-referred to committee S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


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: 02-08-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


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: 12-07-19 H [H] 20190207/-1/16759 (12:03:22)
02-07-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 85 )


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: 02-14-19 H Motion to postpone third reading failed
02-14-19 H Motion for immediate consideration carried
02-14-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 82/N: 14)


SB 214    Sample, Bill (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (shell bill)
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
01-31-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...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: 02-12-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-12-19 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-12-19 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed


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: 02-07-19 S Emergency clause adopted
02-08-19 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
02-11-19 H Passed over on calendar


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: 02-11-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
02-14-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-14-19 S Amendment 1 adopted


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: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 235    Hammer, Kim (R) Strikes restrictions that prevent school employees to act as election officials.
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


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: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 248    Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (shell bill)
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
02-11-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement


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: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education


SB 304    Bond, Will (D)
Burch, LeAnne (D)
Requires 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 beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
Bill History: 02-11-19 S Filed
02-11-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-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: 02-12-19 S Filed
02-12-19 S Introduced and referred to 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:
HB 1012 Ladyman, Jack (Related)
  2-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
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


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