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HB 1002    Sabin, Warwick (D)
Woods, Jon (R)
Authorizes the Ethics Commission to issue advisory opinions and guidelines on the requirements of Amendment 94 (Article 19, Sections 28, 29 and 30) of the Arkansas Constitution.
Bill History: 02-10-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
02-11-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-17-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 47 )


HB 1003    Meeks, Stephen (R) Removes prohibitive-cost exemption for public entities installing shielded outdoor lighting, instead creating a waiver process; places requirements on lighting installations for highways and signage, prohibits excessive light trespass, more.
Bill History: 02-17-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-18-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-18-15 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1005    McElroy, Mark (D) Authorizes county property transfers to municipalities, other counties, community colleges or higher education institutions in exchange for services, money or other consideration.
Bill History: 02-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-19-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 98 )


HB 1008    Murdock, Reginald (D) Authorizes an agency that is holding five percent of the payment to a construction contractor to release funds if the design consultant and agency approve that the project is 50 percent complete; requires contractors release moneys to subcontractors.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-15 H Amendment 3 adopted
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1024    Broadaway, Mary (D) Changes alcohol permit regulations from one permit issued per 5,000 population to one per 7,500.
Bill History: 02-17-15 S Pulled down with no committee motion S-State Agencies
02-25-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...S-State Agencies
02-24-15 S Meeting cancelled for 02/25/15 litary ...H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military


HB 1048    Hendren, Kim (R) Changes special fuel taxes to a percentage of the sales price and makes various changes to the distribution of revenue.
Bill History: 01-12-15 H Filed
01-12-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
01-29-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1054    Bell, Nate (R) Requires governing bodies to record all executive sessions and appoint a custodian to hold the recording for one year and provide it to authorities in the event of an investigation; authorizes legal counsel to be present at executive sessions.
Bill History: 01-30-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
01-29-15 H Meeting cancelled for 01/30/15 ...H-State Agencies
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1067    Collins, Charlie (R) Allows the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to establish a nutrient water quality trading system which may involve credits, offsets, and exchanges; creates a nutrient water quality trading advisory panel.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1079    Harris, Justin (R) Creates offenses for the unlawful capture of images by unmanned vehicles or aircraft and for distribution of such images.
Bill History: 01-15-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-06-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-06-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1082    Davis, Andy (R)
Woods, Jon (R)
Requires a sewer utility to post notice of customer delinquency and provide a signed statement to its' corresponding water utility before termination of the customer's water service when the sewer utility does not own the water utility.
Bill History: 02-25-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
02-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1087    Bell, Nate (R) Repeals provisions that prohibited employers from requiring or requesting employees to add a supervisor to the employee's social media accounts; exempts from entire law religious organizations and entities that care for children.
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Emergency clause adopted
02-24-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1089    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for 2015-16 support of municipal and county animal rescue and shelter operations.
Bill History: 02-12-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-12-15 S Emergency clause adopted
02-17-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 63 )


HB 1097    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for 2015-16 state turnback of general and special revenues to cities and counties.
Bill History: 01-20-15 H Filed
01-20-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Budget


HB 1099    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for 2015-16 refund local taxes to cities and counties.
Bill History: 02-12-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-12-15 S Emergency clause adopted
02-17-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 67 )


HB 1100    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for 2015-16 distribution of state assistance for city-county tourist meeting and entertainment facilities.
Bill History: 01-20-15 H Filed
01-20-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Budget


HB 1105    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Highway and Transportation Department for 2015-16 operations.
Bill History: 01-20-15 H Filed
01-20-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
01-22-15 H Sent to subcommittee JBC - Personnel Subcommittee


HB 1106    Wright, Marshall (D) Authorizes cities to allow qualified electors of the county in which the municipality is situated to serve as members of the city's parks and recreation commission, upon a finding and ordinance that there are no qualified electors living within the city.
Bill History: 02-24-15 S Motion to recall from House carried
02-24-15 S Recalled from the House
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 261 )


HB 1111    Sabin, Warwick (D) Provides detailed guidelines and requirements for public and private entities to partner for construction projects of certain public buildings; creates a Legislative Task Force to review such partnerships.
Bill History: 01-23-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
01-22-15 H Meeting cancelled for 01/23/15 evelopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
02-11-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


HB 1114    Lowery, Mark (R) Creates a felony offense of criminal impersonation of another person in an election; adds application for an absentee ballot in a name other than one's own to the offense of perjury.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1116    Lowery, Mark (R) Lowers the threshold for age-based employment hours restrictions from applying to persons under 18, to persons under 17.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
02-19-15 S Emergency clause adopted
02-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 162 )


HB 1157    Davis, Andy (R)
Rice, Terry (R)
Authorizes the award of a United States flag to the family of a law enforcement officer who loses his or her life in the course of employment.
Bill History: 02-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-17-15 S Emergency clause adopted
02-19-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 100 )


HB 1158    Womack, Richard (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires a new occupational regulation to explicitly state that it supercedes a person's right to a lawful occupation that is established by this Act.
Bill History: 02-12-15 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Carried (Vote: Y: 11/N: 7)
02-12-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-17-15 H Passed over on calendar


HB 1163    Bell, Nate (R) Prohibits public employers from disciplining public employees for exercising rights under the Freedom of Information Act.
Bill History: 02-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-19-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 102 )


HB 1164    Fite, Charlene (R)
Collins-Smith, Linda (R)
Prohibits Level 4 Sex Offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a place of worship unless they had established residence prior to adoption of this Act.
Bill History: 02-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
02-18-15 S Pulled down with no committee motion S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1178    Pitsch, Mat (R) Exempts the lessee of an intermodal authority from sales tax if the property or service purchased by the lessee is used or consumed within the intermodal facility.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended No. 1 ation ...S-Revenue and Taxation
02-25-15 S Re-referred to committee S-Revenue and Taxation
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1192    Leding, Greg (D) Revises the definition of 'service animal' and sections relating to rights and liabilities of persons using service animals in public places. Provides that staff of a public accommodation may make only certain inquiries and requests regarding the animal.
Bill History: 03-02-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1198    Leding, Greg (D) Amends the law concerning the Local Police and Fire Retirement System and the Local Police and Fire Pension Relief Funds. (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-29-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1199    Leding, Greg (D) Amends the law concerning the Public Employees' Retirement System. (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-29-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1203    Hammer, Kim (R) Removes reference to the curtilege of a person's dwelling in defining the circumstances when a person may use of deadly force, replacing with reference to 'premises in which the person has a property interest.'
Bill History: 01-29-15 H Filed
02-02-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1204    Baine, John (D) Authorizes a member of the Local Police and Fire Deferred Retirement Option Plan to defer the withdrawal of his or her account until age 70.5.
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
02-23-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/23/15 ...Joint Retirement
03-02-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement


HB 1208    Gonzales, Justin (R) Requires law enforcement agencies to report the number of untested sexual assault collection kits in possession and report to the State Crime Lab by January 1 2016, for the Crime Lab to report by county and agency to the legislature.
Bill History: 01-29-15 H Filed
01-29-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-12-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1209    Gonzales, Justin (R) Removes the additional retirement service credit for years served by constitutional officers and legislative members, and requires local governments to notify APERS of their decision to credit local elected officials at two times the regular rate.
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
02-23-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/23/15 ...Joint Retirement
03-02-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement


HB 1210    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hendren, Jim (R)
Authorizes a municipality to contract with, or enter an interlocal agreement with an existing fire department for fire protection services, in lieu of establishing a fire department.
Bill History: 02-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-19-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 106 )


HB 1211    Dotson, Jim (R) Authorizes an active member of the Local Police and Fire Retirement System to use of up to 36 months of volunteer service to attain eligibility to participate in DROP.
Bill History: 02-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-25-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-02-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement


HB 1215    House, Douglas (R) Amends the law concerning public employee retirement plans and reporting requirements of taxpayer-funded retirement systems. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
02-23-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/23/15 ...Joint Retirement
03-02-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement


HB 1216    Whitaker, David (D) Authorizes a local fire or police pension fund to decrease beneficiary payments if the fund is found to not be actuarially sound or in risk of ruin.
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement
02-23-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/23/15 ...Joint Retirement
03-02-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...Joint Retirement


HB 1219    Hickerson, Mary (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Details factors that may be considered by a municipality for setting consumer rates for water service. Authorizes establishing special rates to to assist with community or economic development efforts.
Bill History: 02-04-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
02-19-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-19-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1224    Boyd, Justin (R)
Files, Jake (R)
Provides that the Sebastian County District Court – Departments 1, 2 and 3 will jointly appoint a single clerk position.
Bill History: 02-09-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-10-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1227    Bell, Nate (R) Allows local law enforcement agencies to charge a reasonable fee for noncriminal fingerprinting services.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-19-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
02-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 163 )


HB 1228    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Prohibits state actions that burden a person's right to exercise of religion, unless the burden is essential to further a compelling governmental interest; entitles persons to relief against political subdivisions for violations.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-26-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1229    Farrer, Joe (R) Creates a class D felony for the removal, relocation, renaming, or alteration of a military monument.
Bill History: 02-06-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
02-05-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/06/15 ...H-State Agencies
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1240    Tosh, Dwight (R) Eliminates the duty to retreat when possible to avoid use of deadly force in a defensive manner.
Bill History: 02-03-15 H Filed
02-03-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-19-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1252    Broadaway, Mary (D)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Amends provisions governing venue for civil actions.
Bill History: 03-02-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1257    Murdock, Reginald (D) Prohibits the issue of new retail beer permits or transfer of existing retail beer permits to locations within 1,000 feet of a church or school.
Companions:
HB 1270 Murdock, Reginald (Same As)
  2-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B, H-Rules
Bill History: 02-04-15 H Filed
02-04-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
02-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1259    Jett, Joe (D) Creates a sales tax exemption for parts or services related to the repair or initial installation of agricultural machinery.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-25-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/26/15 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1260    Vines, John (D)
Sample, Bill (R)
Delays the reorganization of the 41st District Courts from 2017 to 2021.
Bill History: 02-04-15 H Filed
02-04-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1261    Lowery, Mark (R) Authorizes a city council to appoint a person to fill a vacancy in the mayor's seat if the remaining unexpired term is up to 12 months in length (formerly 6 months); requires a special election to fill the vacancy if the renaming term is over 12 months.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-02-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1265    Joint Budget Appropriates supplemental funds to the Treasurer of the State for local sales tax refunds.
Bill History: 02-05-15 H Filed
02-05-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass Joint Budget


HB 1269    Bell, Nate (R) Requires candidates submitting petitions to file as an independent candidate for office swear that the signatures were collected in compliance with the law, and that signatures incorrectly obtained not be counted.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1270    Murdock, Reginald (D) Prohibits the issue or transfer of retail beer permits to locations within 1,000 feet of a church or school.
Companions:
HB 1257 Murdock, Reginald (Same As)
  2-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B, H-Rules
Bill History: 02-05-15 H Filed
02-05-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
02-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1274    Leding, Greg (D)
Woods, Jon (R)
Authorizes the additional $150,000 payment reserved for public employees killed in the line of duty for firefighters killed by certain cancers and other diseases contracted in the course of their work.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1276    Leding, Greg (D) Requires employers of 4 or more employees to provide a detailed pay stub to each employee eat least once per month.
Bill History: 02-05-15 H Filed
02-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1277    Leding, Greg (D) Requires employers to pay without condition the entire amount of wages that they concede to be due to an employee in a dispute over wages; provides the acceptance of such pay by an employee does not constitute a release of their claim to wages.
Bill History: 02-05-15 H Filed
02-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1282    Wright, Marshall (D) Requires law enforcement officers making driving while intoxicated arrests to file the citation immediately.
Bill History: 02-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary


HB 1284    Whitaker, David (D) Amends the Freedom of Information Act to prohibit the release of the date of birth, address, and other information of persons under the age of eighteen.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-19-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 itary ...H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military


HB 1292    Leding, Greg (D)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Prohibits charging for the use of the real-time controlled substances logbook by pharmacies, law enforcement, or the state; requires the logbook to be able to communicate with similar systems and prevent the completion of illegal sales.
Bill History: 03-02-15 H Emergency clause adopted
03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1308    Meeks, Stephen (R) Prohibits penalties on taxes due and action to collect delinquent personal property taxes while an appeal of the tax assessment is pending in court.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-25-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/26/15 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1315    Petty, Rebecca (R) Requires telecommunication providers to cooperate with law enforcement in providing location data on wireless devices in emergency situations.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Clincher adopted
03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1322    Boyd, Justin (R) Removes the requirement that law enforcement fingerprint and photograph a juvenile arrested for a non-Class Y, A or B felony or a Class A misdemeanor with weapon. Requires those actions when adjudicated for a felony or A misdemeanor.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1345    Hillman, David (D) Requires buyers of scrap metal to hold payment for three days after taking possession from the seller. Provides exemption for certain sellers of scrap metal.
Bill History: 02-10-15 H Filed
02-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-19-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1346    Douglas, Dan (R) Requires monthly allocation of excess gross general revenue from various sales and severance taxes when over $2.2 billion, which is earmarked for highway, road and street maintenance and highway industry workforce training programs.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-15 H Passed over on calendar
03-04-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1349    Harris, Justin (R) Incorporates the use of unmanned vehicles or aircraft into the offense of voyeurism.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S On floor for consideration
02-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 1)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 293 )


HB 1355    Ladyman, Jack (R)
Collins-Smith, Linda (R)
Gives municipalities, counties, companies and other local owners of a water system authority over the fluoride levels in their water systems; prohibits fluoride level exceeding the maximum level established by the Department of Health.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Clincher motion failed
02-24-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1357    Pitsch, Mat (R) Allows the State Highway Commission to transfer highways with county and municipal authorities in addition to exchanging them.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-15 S Passed over on calendar
03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1367    Hammer, Kim (R) Provides requests for increase in volunteer fire department district dues timely filed with the county clerk and signed by a majority of registered voters in the fire district can be implemented without a special election.
Bill History: 02-23-15 H Emergency clause adopted
02-24-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1373    Fielding, David (D)
Pierce, Bobby (D)
Prohibits the use of handheld wireless devices while operating a motor vehicle and establishes fines and penalties for first and subsequent violations.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation
02-25-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/26/15 ...H-Public Transportation
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1400    Overbey, Betty (D)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Delays the reorganization of the Seventh Judicial District, composed of Franklin and Johnson counties, from local district courts to a state district court district from January 2017 to January 2025.
Bill History: 02-18-15 H Filed
02-18-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1401    Love, Fred (D) Allows for the payment of an additional $150,000 in death benefits to the surviving beneficiaries of jailers and coroners killed in the official line of duty.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1415    Hickerson, Mary (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Revises the classifications of commercial motor vehicles, provides retesting bond requirements for third-party CDL testers, and extends the testing waiver for people recently employed by the military from 90 days to 12 months.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-03-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/04/15 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


HB 1416    Hammer, Kim (R) Prohibits the issue of new permits for off-premises sale of beer and wine establishments that are located within 1,000 feet of the property line of a church or schoolhouse.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Filed
02-19-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1417    Womack, Richard (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Revises health benefit plan coverage requirements for craniofacial anomaly reconstructive surgery; requires approval of procedure by cleft-craniofacial team approved by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-03-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1418    Whitaker, David (D) Adds provision to the Civil Service Law to assure compliance with the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 as in effect January 1, 2015.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-02-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1422    Bell, Nate (R)
English, Jane (R)
Makes various changes to elections and changes the dates on which certain elections can be held, including local option elections, school elections, college tax levy elections, voluntary fire department levies, referendum elections, etc.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Filed
02-19-15 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1425    Tucker, Clarke (D) Makes coordinated electioneering communications, defined as broadcasts, cable or satellite communications, a reportable in-kind contribution to the candidate or political party who is clearly identified in the communication.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Filed
02-19-15 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-25-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1428    Jett, Joe (D) Exempts from sales and use tax the purchase of electricity, liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas used by an irrigation well or a rice well.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-25-15 H Meeting cancelled for 02/26/15 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1436    Hodges, Grant (R) Defers a portion of severance tax revenue to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department for road and bridge repair, maintence and grants.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended No. 1 ation ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-03-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1445    Ferguson, Kenneth (D) Authorizes municipalities to contract with a private person or entity for disbursing of funds for payroll, bonded debt or construction projects, with approval of the municipal treasurer.
Bill History: 02-25-15 H Filed
02-25-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1451    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Exempts manufacturer's rebates on motor vehicles from state sales and use tax.
Bill History: 02-25-15 H Filed
02-25-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1452    Baine, John (D)
Pierce, Bobby (D)
Allows the director of the Department of Environmental Quality to waive licensure requirements for operators of solid waste management facilities.
Bill History: 02-25-15 H Filed
02-25-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1460    Hillman, David (D) Allows use of all-terrain vehicles on public streets and highways within ten miles of the driver's primary place of residence or employment.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation
03-04-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1463    Bennett, Camille (D) Revises the record retention schedule for district courts to require retention of recalled or quashed arrest warrants and served and unexecuted search warrants
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary


HB 1472    Pitsch, Mat (R)
Files, Jake (R)
Creates the Rail Development Grant Program to provide financial assistance to various entities for costs of improving rail service; funded from property taxes and penalties collected from rail companies; administered by the Highway Department.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Filed
02-26-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Transportation
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1480    Blake, Charles (D) Creates a system of municipal procurement preferences for resident firms in the municipality, authorizing local ordinances that provide up to five percent preference to those firms.
Bill History: 03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-03-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1484    Bennett, Camille (D) Clarifies provisions regarding the deposit of revenue from district court filing fees into the county general fund.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary


HB 1488    Lemons, Tim (R)
Williams, Eddie Joe (R)
Requires a chief law enforcement officer to provide a federal certification, when one is required for receiving or manufacturing a firearm, when an applicant who is not prohibited by law from receiving or manufacturing the firearm makes the request.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Filed
02-26-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1490    Ballinger, Bob (R) Strikes procedures for using eminent domain by various entities, making all subject to procedure prescribed in new code created at § 18-15-103 (Bill Section 87), in which a circuit court jury will decide compensation of land owner.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Filed
02-26-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1496    Lampkin, Sheilla (D) Requires annual allocation to regional solid waste management districts those special revenues collected as disposal fees for electronic equipment recycling programs. Prescribes procedures to determine allocation.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Filed
02-27-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Communications and Information Technology


HB 1497    Lampkin, Sheilla (D) Provides solid waste management districts need apply only once for a waste tire grant; requires ADEQ disburse awards immediately; excludes from definition of “waste tire” that portion processed for beneficial use.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Filed
02-27-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1503    Rushing, Laurie (R) Allows persons with concealed carry license to carry a concealed handgun in buildings operated by a public housing authority.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Filed
02-27-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1505    Gray, Michelle (R) Authorizes concealed carry licensees to carry handguns onto public school property and the State Capitol Grounds if the handgun is left in his or her locked and unattended motor vehicle on the publicly owned parking lot.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Filed
02-27-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1519    Hammer, Kim (R) Authorizes the Forestry Commission to contract with both public and private sources, in addition to the Department of Correction, for services relative to adaptation of vehicles being converted into fire protection vehicles.
Bill History: 02-27-15 H Filed
03-02-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


HB 1528    Sullivan, Dan (R) Repeals the prohibition against carrying a weapon into a retail liquor store, school, college, polling place, church, a building on the capitol grounds, etc. for persons with concealed handgun permits.
Bill History: 03-02-15 H Filed
03-02-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1532    Vines, John (D)
Sample, Bill (R)
Revises the organization and locations of various district courts.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1564    Fite, Charlene (R) Creates penalties for violation of a rule or regulation related to illegal dumping, including fine, imprisonment and restitution.
Bill History: 03-02-15 H Filed
03-02-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


HB 1588    Ballinger, Bob (R) Excludes manufacturer rebates on motor vehicle purchases from state sales and use tax.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Filed
03-03-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1601    Meeks, David (R) Prohibits local governments and state agencies from participating in the enforcement of a federal law or rule regarding personal firearms or ammunition. Provides penalties.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Filed
03-03-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs


HJR1002    Douglas, Dan (R) Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to eliminate the even-year fiscal session of the General Assembly.
Bill History: 01-29-15 H Filed
01-29-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


HJR1006    Branscum, David (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to define "infamous crime," one of the prescribed transgressions making the transgressor ineligible to hold public office in the State.
Bill History: 02-18-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-19-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-19-15 H Amendment 1 adopted


HJR1007    Lowery, Mark (R) Constitutional amendment requiring voters to present valid government-issued ID before receiving a ballot.
Bill History: 02-11-15 H Filed
02-11-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


HJR1008    Gates, Mickey (R) Constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that public notices be printed in newspapers and allowing the General Assembly to set the manner in which required public notices will be published.
Bill History: 02-11-15 H Filed
02-11-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


HJR1021    Leding, Greg (D) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to exempt from personal property tax that property consumed in the normal daily operations of a business.
Bill History: 02-11-15 H Filed
02-11-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


SB 37    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Requires cities engaging in nonconsent towing to create by ordinance procedures to receive and investigate complaints and impose sanctions for violations.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-03-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/04/15 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 56    Woods, Jon (R)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Requires sex offenders to report required information to local law enforcement agencies rather than the Arkansas Crime Information Center; requires reporting of volunteer work by offenders; requires homeless offenders to verify registration every 30 days.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-03-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)


SB 61    Sample, Bill (R) Creates the Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance charged with defining an equitable and adequate system to finance highways, roads and streets and recommending legislation.
Bill History: 01-20-15 S Filed
01-20-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-11-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 77    Hester, Bart (R) Raises the building project fair market value threshold that requires engaging services of a licensed architect from $100,000 to $125,000.
Bill History: 01-27-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
01-26-15 S Meeting cancelled for 01/27/15 ...S-State Agencies
02-10-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 81    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Hickerson, Mary (R)
Repeals the law regarding operation of motorboats while intoxicated and adds the offense of boating while intoxicated to the omnibus DWI laws; revises certain sentencing and suspension guidelines for subsequent DWI or BWI offenses.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)


SB 83    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Hickerson, Mary (R)
Removes the exception which allowed Level 3 or 4 sex offenders to attend events on school campuses for which admission is charged or tickets are distributed.
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
01-29-15 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 92    Files, Jake (R)
Hickerson, Mary (R)
Makes permanent the State Aid Division of the Highway Department; Revises service on the State Aid Street Committee from formation of a new committee each four years to staggered terms and requires minimum two meetings per year.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Transportation
02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)


SB 93    Hickey, Jimmy (R) Repeals provisions for the remaining members of a city board to select a successor to fill the unexpired term created when a board member resigns to run for mayor.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 222 )


SB 95    Woods, Jon (R)
Neal, Micah (R)
Creates a sales tax exemption for sales to service organizations such as the Lions Club, a masonic lodge, a local club of Optimist International, etc.
Bill History: 01-22-15 S Filed
01-26-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
02-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 124    Johnson, David (D)
Vines, John (D)
Makes technical corrections to Title 17 concerning various professions.
Bill History: 02-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-03-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 134    Johnson, David (D)
Vines, John (D)
Makes technical corrections to Title 24 concerning public retirement.
Bill History: 02-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-04-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 138    Files, Jake (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Authorizes municipalities to propose annexation of a surrounded unincorporated area that includes a border with a lake or river.
Bill History: 02-13-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-13-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 3)
02-19-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 109 )


SB 149    Sample, Bill (R) Directs the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board to adopt a nationally recognized physical fitness test for pre-employment evaluation of firefighters.
Bill History: 01-27-15 S Filed
01-27-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-10-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 162    Sanders, David (R) Creates an exemption from year-end reporting requirements for carryover funds, for candidates who retain carryover funds from a general election held in November of that year.
Bill History: 02-19-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-19-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 98/N: 0)
02-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 142 )


SB 163    Sanders, David (R) Adds provisions to ethics laws which relate to local-option ballot question committees and their donors, benefactors, and vendors; includes reporting requirements and rules for disposition of funds on hand upon committee dissolution.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 226 )


SB 164    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R) Amends provisions relating to the State Police Department, including addition of school security officer licensing duties, and functions transferred to the Department upon the abolishment of the Private Investigators/Security Agencies Board.
Bill History: 02-09-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
02-12-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
02-12-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary


SB 165    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the firemen's relief and pension funds and policemen's pension and relief funds. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 166    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the firemen's relief and pension funds and policemen's pension and relief funds. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 167    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the Local Police and Fire Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 168    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 169    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 170    Sample, Bill (R) To amend laws relating to the Local Police and Fire Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-28-15 S Filed
01-29-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 185    Johnson, David (D)
Meeks, David (R)
Amends provisions of the Public Employees' Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-30-15 S Filed
02-02-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 186    Johnson, David (D)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Amends provisions of the Public Employees' Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-30-15 S Filed
02-02-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 190    Johnson, David (D)
Meeks, David (R)
Amends provisions of the Local Police and Fire Retirement System. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 01-30-15 S Filed
02-02-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 191    Johnson, David (D)
Meeks, David (R)
Amends provisions of the Local Policemen's and Firemen's Relief and Pension Funds. (Shell)
Bill History: 01-30-15 S Filed
02-02-15 S Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


SB 197    Cooper, John (R)
Jett, Joe (D)
Exempts from the Freedom of Information Act certain information related to water systems and city-owned utilities, including transmission and delivery plans and information, and customer usage data and personal information.
Bill History: 02-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
02-17-15 H Emergency clause adopted
02-24-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 186 )


SB 202    Hester, Bart (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Prohibits counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances on a basis not also contained within state law.
Bill History: 02-13-15 H Clincher adopted
02-17-15 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-23-15 G Law without signature (Act: 137 )


SB 205    Rice, Terry (R)
Richmond, Marcus (R)
Allows school districts to donate real property to incorporated towns, in addition to other entities to which they are currently authorized to donate.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 215    Sample, Bill (R) Allows property owners' associations with minimum 5,000 members to authorize by ordinance the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, in the same manner that cities may do so.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 3)
02-26-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Rules
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


SB 220    English, Jane (R)
Johnson, Bob (D)
Exempts contracts for the acquisition of services of municipal utilities by a federal military installation from state purchasing law where conflicts with federal purchasing law exist.
Bill History: 02-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-17-15 H Emergency clause adopted
02-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 147 )


SB 223    Hester, Bart (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Directs a city board of directors to appoint a person to fill a vacancy in a municipal office or to call a special election to fill the vacancy at the first meeting after the vacancy occurs.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-15 H Passed over on calendar


SB 225    Irvin, Missy (R)
Overbey, Betty (D)
Repeals obsolete provisions directing which municipal officials were to be elected in 1960.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 233 )


SB 227    Irvin, Missy (R) Authorizes a court to order immediate removal of vehicle markings, when a charge for criminal impersonation of a law enforcement vehicle is filed.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 234 )


SB 228    Irvin, Missy (R)
Overbey, Betty (D)
Makes technical changes to the terminology of city council procedures, including changing references to city aldermen to references to the applicable governing body of a city.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 235 )


SB 230    Teague, Larry (D) Repeals the exemption given wineries from collection of local sales taxes on direct shipments of wine.
Bill History: 02-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 3)
02-24-15 H Emergency clause adopted
02-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 236 )


SB 261    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Love, Fred (D)
Requires property seized from minors or the mentally ill to be held for 72 hours before being returned to the lawful owner upon the lawful owner's request and presentation of a valid proof-of-ownership.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


SB 299    Johnson, David (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Makes various changes to provisions for the voluntary and involuntary admission of mentally ill patients and creates the option for their assisted outpatient treatment
Bill History: 02-18-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-18-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 305    Cooper, John (R)
Wallace, Dave (R)
Authorizing a municipality to accept by ordinance contiguous property that the owner offers for annexation by petition. Provides guidelines for recording the annexation and notifying state officials.
Bill History: 02-10-15 S Filed
02-10-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 316    Irvin, Missy (R) Prohibits insurance providers from requiring patients with a terminal illness to obtain prior authorization for pain medication coverage.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 318    Irvin, Missy (R) Prohibits insurance carriers from requiring prior authorization for emergency services; requires notice in advance of changes to prior authorization criteria; requires coverage of emergency services to evaluate and stabilize a patient.
Bill History: 02-10-15 S Filed
02-10-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 332    Files, Jake (R)
Jett, Joe (D)
Phases in a full refund of all sales tax on equipment bought for partial replacement and repair of manufacturing machinery.
Bill History: 02-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
02-17-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 333    Hendren, Jim (R) Allows property owner to seek compensation when a state government regulatory program reduces the market value of their property by at least 10%.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 349    Clark, Alan (R)
Gates, Mickey (R)
Reduces the duration of early voting from the 15 days prior to an election to Monday through Saturday of the week before the election; prohibits early voting on the Monday prior to an election.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-12-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-19-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 350    Cheatham, Eddie (D) Creates the Twenty-Sixth District Court composed of Ashley County and the Twenty-Eighth District Court composed of Bradley and Drew counties.
Bill History: 02-12-15 S Filed
02-12-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 373    English, Jane (R) Eliminates local option election for the manufacture of and off premises sale of alcoholic beverages in defunct voting districts.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 5)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Rules
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


SB 389    Stubblefield, Gary (R) Sets the date for the Arkansas presidential primary election on the first Tuesday in March of the year when the national party conventions are held.
Bill History: 02-17-15 S Filed
02-17-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-26-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 392    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Authorizes the installation and use of distributed generation of electricity.
Bill History: 02-17-15 S Filed
02-17-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 403    Irvin, Missy (R) Creates the Arkansas Bikeways Commission to promote bicycling tourism and to make recommendations on the implementation of the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 309 nt ...S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-03-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 405    Clark, Alan (R) Requires municipal water systems to provide water to nonresidents upon request if the nonresident does not have access to rural water service and mains and pipes are in place.
Bill History: 02-17-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-19-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-18-15 S Meeting cancelled for 02/19/15 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 426    Woods, Jon (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Prohibits public agency construction contracts from containing terms or bid specifications that encourages or discourages potential contractors from entering into collective bargaining agreements.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-26-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 456    Teague, Larry (D) Increases the threshold number of connections served by water and sewage services that trigger requirement for an annual financial audit.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 459    Johnson, David (D) Revises the definition and penalties for criminal violations of shop lifting; theft of rented property, scrap metal, public benefits, communication services; hot check offenses; DWI; other.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Filed
02-19-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 462    Johnson, David (D) Revises the definition and penalties for criminal offenses not in the Criminal Code including hazing, littering, refuse hauling in uncovered vehicles, abandoned motor vehicles and household appliance on public property, more.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Filed
02-19-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 466    Irvin, Missy (R) Requires health benefits plans to publish on its website all drug formulary costs, benefits, and expenses for prescription drug coverage in clear and ordinary terms, effective beginning January 1, 2017.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 467    Sanders, David (R)
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Revises various provisions concerning registration of juvenile and adult sex offenders.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Filed
02-19-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 470    Caldwell, Ronald (R) Prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from engaging auditors or appraisers on a contingency fee basis.
Bill History: 02-19-15 S Filed
02-19-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 472    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
The Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015; makes various revisions to provisions for criminal justice, parole, recidivism, inmate health care and Medicaid reimbursements, and related issues.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-05-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


SB 481    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Requires cities using a nonconsent towing rotation list to require towing firms to file annually a list of their towing and storage rates.
Bill History: 02-26-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Transportation
03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation
03-03-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Transportation


SB 487    Rapert, Jason (R)
Douglas, Dan (R)
Adds pharmacy benefits managers to definition of third-party administrator for self-insured plans, multiple employer trusts or multiple employer welfare arrangements.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-04-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


SB 490    Sample, Bill (R) Makes various changes to the administration of state taxes, including conforming due dates, eliminating prepayment conditions for appeal, adopting market interest rates, more.
Bill History: 03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-02-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-15 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 509    Clark, Alan (R) Creates a Class D felony for dissemination of electronic communication without the consent of the person who originated the communication, when the purpose is to influence a legislator's floor or committee vote.
Bill History: 02-24-15 S Filed
02-24-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 527    Clark, Alan (R) Requires out-of-state retailers making a sale of $500 or more to an Arkansas resident via the Internet to notify the buyer that the purchase is subject to the Arkansas use tax and to file an annual report of such sales.
Bill History: 02-24-15 S Filed
02-24-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 540    Files, Jake (R)
Pitsch, Mat (R)
Requires entities that receive funds from the state to use competitive sealed bidding for contracts to plan, design, build or repair water, wastewater or storm water drainage projects; sets standard for acceptable piping material.
Bill History: 02-24-15 S Filed
02-24-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 542    Rapert, Jason (R)
Douglas, Dan (R)
Requires pharmacy benefits managers to provide to individuals receiving service a report of benefits by individual claim; prescribes contents of report; prohibits a change in provider without express consent of the individual.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-15 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 560    Clark, Alan (R) Exempts from sales and use tax those goods withdrawn from stock for use as a charitable gift to public schools, nonprofit churches and private individuals who have suffered loss as the result of a natural disaster.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 562    Files, Jake (R) Requires law enforcement agencies to forward consumer complaints regarding a tow company used by the agency for nonconsent towing to the Towing and Recover Board within five days and prescribes subsequent procedures.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-03-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/04/15 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 563    Teague, Larry (D) Removes provision prohibiting persons holding elected office from serving on waterworks commissions; revises staggered terms of new appointees and changes length of terms from 10 to 5 years.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 570    Sample, Bill (R) Limits the use of the historic rehabilitation income tax credit to once each 24-month period for each eligible property.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 574    Ingram, Keith (D) Amends provisions relating to metal theft and creates a metal theft task force. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 592    Johnson, David (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Defines community net-metering as a facility that serves energy needs of two or more net-metering customers residing in a single community and requires electric utilities to connect to community net-metering facilities.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 604    Elliott, Joyce (D) Provides bills creating or changing a misdemeanor or felony offense require preparation by staff of a racial impact statement including estimate of criminal cases affected per year, and impact on minorities and correctional facilities and services.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 612    Woods, Jon (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Amends concealed handgun licensing requirements to allow permanent legal residents of the United States to hold licenses; deletes exemption from 90-day residency requirement for retired law enforcement officers.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 616    Sample, Bill (R) Amends provision related to formation of a county water provider. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Filed
02-25-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 626    Ingram, Keith (D)
Bennett, Camille (D)
Requires DNA sample be taken from persons arrested for any felony offense; provides for destruction of the sample upon request from persons whose conviction that led to storage of the DNA record is reversed.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-15 S Amendments 1 & 2 adopted


SB 637    Hester, Bart (R) Prohibits cities and counties from prohibiting by ordinance a landowner from trimming or felling trees or shrubs on the landowner's property.
Bill History: 02-26-15 S Filed
03-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 645    Hendren, Jim (R)
Douglas, Dan (R)
Authorizes utilities to acquire operating units or systems that are owned by the public utility's affiliate or other entities; providing that utilities claiming an exemption under the Utility Environmental Protection Act may seek facilities cost recovery.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 649    Hester, Bart (R) Requires additional majority approval, on a separate ballot, from those residents in an area that is to be annexed by a municipality, when the target area population is less than 60% of the municipality population.
Bill History: 02-27-15 S Filed
03-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 687    Hester, Bart (R) Authorizes cities to consider an area of territorial jurisdiction as a separate ward for which an alderman must be elected.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Filed
03-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 716    Cooper, John (R) Requires campaign contribution records and statements of financial interest be placed in the custody of the Arkansas History Commission after the mandatory eight years they must be maintained by the Secretary of State.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Filed
03-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 726    Files, Jake (R) Revises the unenforceability provision of construction contracts that include a hold harmless provisions.
Bill History: 03-02-15 S Filed
03-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 751    Irvin, Missy (R) Specifies the court costs collected in the Quitman Department of the Cleburne County District Court be allocated through a city administration of justice fund as prescribed in § 16-10-604.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Filed
03-03-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 753    King, Bryan (R) Revises provisions related to eminent domain law. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Filed
03-03-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-04-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 757    Hendren, Jim (R) Establishes procedures for compensating owners whose private property is devalued as a result of state and local regulatory programs and use of eminent domain.
Bill History: 03-03-15 S Filed
03-03-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-05-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SJR 7    King, Bryan (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to authorize the General Assembly to establish law requiring presentation of a valid government-issued photographic identification before being allowed to vote.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 9    Ingram, Keith (D)
Ferguson, Deborah (D)
Amends the Arkansas Constitution to repeal the fiscal session and to require a 2/3rds vote of approval to extend the regular session beyond 60 calendar days.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 10    Ingram, Keith (D) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to authorize cities to increase the portion of property tax supporting retirement plans for municipal police and firefighters.
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-03-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


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