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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 but exempts currently installed lighting generally; places requirements on lighting installations for highways and signage, prohibits excessive light trespass.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-19-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-19-15 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1004    Meeks, Stephen (R) Requires utility companies to carry-over any net excess generation credits from net-metering customers. Allows customer to elect to purchase credits that are at least 24 months old. Authorizes PSC to allow net-metering facilities that exceed 300 kW.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S On floor for consideration
03-24-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 4)


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: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1024    Broadaway, Mary (D) Changes alcohol permit regulations from one permit issued per 5,000 population to one per 7,500.
Bill History: 03-23-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of Senate - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-20-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/23/15 ...S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


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
03-12-15 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: 03-11-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-11-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-State Agencies
03-13-15 H Meeting set for 8:00 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: 03-05-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-05-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 335 )


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: 02-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 336 )


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: 03-25-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-25-15 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 3/N: 4)
03-30-15 H Motion to recall from Senate carried


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: 03-16-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-16-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-18-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 527 )


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: 03-19-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-19-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 684 )


HB 1105    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Highway and Transportation Department for 2015-16 operations.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-24-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 714 )


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) Creates the Partnerships for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act, providing terms upon which public and private entities may enter into contracts for the development of infrastructure projects of public benefit.
Bill History: 02-11-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-18-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-19-15 H Amendment 1 adopted


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: 03-26-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-27-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


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.
Companions:
HB 2001 Womack, Richard (Same As)
  3-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130, H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
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: 03-10-15 S On floor for consideration
03-10-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 7)
03-11-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 376 )


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 and is used in carrying out the essential governmental functions of the facility.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 2
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 691 )


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: 03-13-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-13-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1193    Speaks, Nelda (R)
Collins-Smith, Linda (R)
Specifies that revenue from fees of a district court shall be paid into the general fund of each political subdivision that contributes to the expenses of the court.
Bill History: 03-13-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-13-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 1
03-18-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 530 )


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: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Journal Committee
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: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Journal Committee
02-26-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1203    Hammer, Kim (R) In defining the circumstances when a person may use of deadly force, provides that the person is not required to retreat unless he or she could have retreated or surrendered possession of property 'in complete safety.'
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment no. 1


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
03-16-15 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 to the State Crime Lab by December 31 each year; requires the Lab report by county and agency to the legislature, including a backlog plan.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


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: 03-24-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S Passed over on calendar
03-24-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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
03-16-15 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: 03-19-15 S On floor for consideration
03-19-15 S Motion for immediate consideration carried
03-19-15 S Failed (Vote: N: 19/Y: 3)


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: 03-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-18-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-30-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1229    Farrer, Joe (R) Creates a class D felony for the removal, relocation, renaming, or alteration of a military monument.
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
03-26-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-25-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/26/15 ...S-State Agencies


HB 1233    Della Rosa, Jana (R)
Woods, Jon (R)
Requires campaign contributions and expenditure reports, including carryover fund reports, to be filed electronically; requires the Secretary of State to make reports searchable on the official Secretary of State website.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H On floor for consideration
03-26-15 H Failed (Vote: N: 33/Y: 48)


HB 1240    Tosh, Dwight (R)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Provides immunity from civil action for the persons using deadly force as currently defined under ACA 5-2-607. Awards costs and fees to persons found immune by a court.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1252    Broadaway, Mary (D)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Amends provisions governing venue for civil actions.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 1


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
03-12-15 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: 03-02-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 339 )


HB 1265    Joint Budget Appropriates supplemental funds to the Treasurer of the State for local sales tax refunds.
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-09-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-12-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 388 )


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: 03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 340 )


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: 03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 341 )


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: 03-16-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-26-15 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: 03-16-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-26-15 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: 03-09-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-11-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-10-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-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: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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: 03-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-15 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1308    Meeks, Stephen (R) Requires a taxpayer appealing a property tax assessment to pay the county collector the amount the taxpayer claims is owed and to pay into the registry of the circuit court the difference between the assessment and claimed amount.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Revenue and Taxation
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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: 03-04-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-05-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
03-13-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 405 )


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: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-26-15 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: 03-04-15 H Passed over on calendar
03-05-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-05-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-04-15 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-15 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 3/N: 2)
03-25-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 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: 03-09-15 S On floor for consideration
03-09-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
03-11-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 378 )


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: 03-18-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 1
03-18-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment No. 2
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 693 )


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: 03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-25-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1387    Dotson, Jim (R) Increases the maximum sale price of a used motor vehicle that qualifies for the exemption from sales tax from $4000 to $5000.
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
03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


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
03-12-15 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: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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: 03-16-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
03-16-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 578 )


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: 03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-27-15 H Referred to interim committee ...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: 03-04-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-10-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 373 )


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: 03-17-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 579 )


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: 03-13-15 H Meeting set for 8:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-12-15 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 8:30 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: 03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 56/N: 14)
03-27-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-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
03-19-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1429    Jett, Joe (D) Extends state tax incentives to qualified steel manufacturers in the state.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1436    Hodges, Grant (R) Defers a portion of the general revenue that is derived from five percent of the natural gas severance tax revenue, to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department for road and bridge repair, and maintenance grants.
Bill History: 03-12-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-12-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-18-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 536 )


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: 03-17-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 582 )


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
03-30-15 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: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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
03-04-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-03-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation
03-10-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-19-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)


HB 1484    Bennett, Camille (D) Clarifies provisions regarding the deposit of revenue from district court filing fees into the county general fund.
Bill History: 03-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-16-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 585 )


HB 1486    Leding, Greg (D) Creates specific property maintenance requirements for landlords, limits their access to rented property to emergencies, prohibits their taking any adverse action in response to tenant complaints; creates tenant remedies for violations.
Bill History: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


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: 03-23-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 720 )


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
03-10-15 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: 03-27-15 S Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


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: 03-18-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-24-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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)
Collins-Smith, Linda (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: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1519    Hammer, Kim (R)
Clark, Alan (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: 03-18-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-19-15 H House Concurred in Senate amendment no. 1
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 697 )


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
03-18-15 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: 03-27-15 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 138 ...H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


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: 03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-25-15 H Referred to interim committee c Development ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


HB 1585    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Deletes procedures for judicial review of elections on annexation at ACA 14-40-503, making judicial review subject instead to provisions at 14-49-304 that prescribes filing of challenge in circuit court of the county where the land lie.
Bill History: 03-03-15 H Filed
03-03-15 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 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
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1598    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Revises continuing training requirements for law enforcement officers working domestic violence and child abuse investigations.
Bill History: 03-10-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-06-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-19-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1599    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Requires law enforcement officer investigating a crime to give a preprinted document (heretofore known as “Laura's Card”) explaining the victim's rights to the victim's family if applicable, and include his or her badge number and contact information.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1610    Bell, Nate (R) Authorizes reduced number of polling places or closure of all polling sites on election day and reliance on absentee and early voting when board candidates are unopposed and the only issue of a school election is renewal of an unchanged tax rate.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 S Motion to recall from House carried
03-30-15 H Returned to the Senate


HB 1614    Collins, Charlie (R) Exempts employer-employee and employee-employee incidents occurring in the workplace from Arkansas Civil Rights Act provisions for injunctive relief or civil damages for hate offenses motivated by racial, religious or ethnic animosity.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 1)
03-09-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-27-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1618    Copeland, Donnie (R) Prohibits employers from reviewing an applicant's criminal record until the employer names the applicant as a finalist for the position. Sets bounds on the effect of the criminal record on employment.
Bill History: 03-19-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-20-15 H Re-referred to committee H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1619    Talley, Brent (D) Allows the use of a private entity to operate a 911 public safety communications center. Requires concurrence of the county judge and the sheriff for each center in their jurisdiction.
Bill History: 03-12-15 H Meeting cancelled for 03/13/15 ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-23-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1626    Lemons, Tim (R)
Williams, Eddie Joe (R)
Allows elected officials and employees who hold concealed carry license and whose principal place of employment is within the courthouse to carry into the courthouse if in compliance with local security and emergency preparedness plan.
Bill History: 03-12-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 4)
03-16-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1628    Shepherd, Matthew (R) Provides that deputy district court clerks employed by a city or county are governed by the policies of the city/county and requiring that the employing city/county or both have a written agreement apportioning the expenses of the deputy.
Bill History: 03-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-16-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 587 )


HB 1629    Shepherd, Matthew (R) Requires district courts to hold court in each department of the court at least one time a month unless mutually waived by the district court judge and the governing body of the city in which the department is located.
Bill History: 03-11-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1637    Bennett, Camille (D) Allows employer references requested from previous employers to be delivered in the media and format convenient to the former employer.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1638    Baine, John (D) Provides that the Disability Act Standard for Accessible Design will control when any provisions of the Ark. Fire Prevention Code are in conflict.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1639    Lampkin, Sheilla (D) Increases the maximum balance of the Landfill Post-Closure Trust Fund from $25,000,000 to $30,000,000 and requires that 40% of disposal and transportation fees collected go to the e-recycling program.
Bill History: 03-16-15 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-16-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1644    Richmond, Marcus (R) Repeals the requirement the Highway and Transportation Department construct and maintain hard-surfaced roads that lead to a municipal airport outside of the municipality's city limits.
Bill History: 03-17-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-18-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 590 )


HB 1646    Douglas, Dan (R) Revises provisions relating to energy efficiency contracts and projects to encourage the implementation of performance based efficiency projects.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 3)


HB 1649    Mayberry, Julie (R) Revises the enforcement and penalty provisions and the issue of special license plates regarding parking for persons with a disability.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to reconsider carried (Vote: Y: 69/N: 8)
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 60/N: 15)
03-30-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


HB 1656    Nicks, Milton (D) Repeals the requirement that law enforcement officers prepare a supplemental traffic accident report for accidents involving motorcycles and other two and three wheeled vehicles.
Bill History: 03-19-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-19-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 706 )


HB 1657    Sturch, James (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Deletes prohibition on incorporation of a new municipality with territory within the planning jurisdiction of an existing city. Makes the prohibition against annexation of more land in excess of 10% of current area apply to all municipalities.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1659    Hammer, Kim (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Expands the membership of the Rural Fire Departments Study Committee.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1662    Jett, Joe (D)
Files, Jake (R)
Exempts from sales and use tax the services required to install parts in commercial jet aircraft that is already tax exempt; exempts from sales and use tax the sale of aircraft within the state.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1669    Womack, Richard (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Prohibits public officers or employees from prohibiting a person from using a recording device in a place that is open to the general public or on private property where the person is lawfully present except for criminal or safety concerns.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1680    Gates, Mickey (R) Requires municipalities to initiate annexation proceedings within five years of the stated intent to annex jurisdictional territory, or else be prohibited from again exercising territorial jurisdiction in the territory.
Bill History: 03-19-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-24-15 S On floor for consideration
03-24-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)


HB 1681    Gates, Mickey (R) Amends all public notice provisions for governmental entities to require any public notice be given in a newspaper, on a website, or both.
Bill History: 03-05-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-13-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-13-15 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1682    Tucker, Clarke (D) Creates a process by which persons eligible to register to vote can do so in person at the time of voting by completing an application, providing proof of identity, and making an oath attesting to his or her identity and residence.
Bill History: 03-05-15 H Filed
03-05-15 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-06-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1687    Ballinger, Bob (R)
King, Bryan (R)
Provides a ballot form for proposed ballot questions.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment no. 1


HB 1688    Ballinger, Bob (R) Provides a 60 day period to the sponsor of a municipal initiative and referendum for circulation of the petition. Exempts municipal bond referendum petitions from the limit.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1689    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Clarifies that the award of attorney's fees for successful illegal exaction actions are regardless of the amount actually claimed by the class members.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 75/N: 4)
03-26-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 171 ...S-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1691    Leding, Greg (D) Privacy (Access to Government Records)
Bill History: 03-05-15 H Filed
03-05-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1697    Hodges, Grant (R) Revises the historic rehabilitation income tax credit, increasing the maximum credits available annually from $4,000,000 to $20,000,000; increasing qualifying expenses on income-producing property from $500,000 $8,000,000.
Bill History: 03-05-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1700    Rushing, Laurie (R) Adds water service to provisions concerning municipalities owning or operating facilities for supplying a public service into contiguous rural areas.
Bill History: 03-23-15 H Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment of House - MAC R ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-24-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1701    Sabin, Warwick (D) Requires that enhanced notice of new environmental permits issued by the Department of Environmental Quality that impact the local physical environment must be sent to a named list of potentially affected parties.
Bill History: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 H Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


HB 1705    Ballinger, Bob (R) Provides that the Landfill Post-Closure Trust Fund be administered by the department and may be used for closure of a permitted waste tire processing or disposal site owned by an insolvent regional solid waste management district.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-15 S Motion to suspend rules carried
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)


HB 1706    Ballinger, Bob (R)
King, Bryan (R)
Makes statements from the victim in domestic violence investigations exclusions to Rule 802 of the Rules of Evidence. Requires investigation to build probable cause on evidence collected independent of the testimony of the victim.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 2


HB 1707    Ballinger, Bob (R)
King, Bryan (R)
Requires law enforcement officers investigating reports of domestic violence to complete a lethality assessment form on first interview of the victim and, based on the results, decide whether to refer the victim to a shelter or intervention pro
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 2


HB 1709    Gates, Mickey (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Prescribes qualifications constables must meet to become certified law enforcement officers.
Companions:
SB 806 Clark, Alan (Same As)
  3-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171, S-Judiciary
Bill History: 03-06-15 H Filed
03-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-20-15 H Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1710    Neal, Micah (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Allows property owners whose building is situated on a municipal boundary line between two municipalities to choose which municipality is the legal location of the building.
Bill History: 03-23-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 2)
03-23-15 S Emergency clause adopted


HB 1715    Mayberry, Julie (R) Revises requirements for health insurance coverage for medically necessary foods, specifying medical disorders that require specialized food nutrients or formulas and adding certain qualifying medical food or formulas.
Bill History: 03-11-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-11-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1717    Rushing, Laurie (R) Requires water providers to extend water service to nonresident consumers and property owners. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-06-15 H Filed
03-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1718    Baine, John (D) Allows cities or counties to apply to the Economic Development Commission for authority to designate an area within their bounds as an entertainment district dedicated to performing arts events. Provides certain tax incentives.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-24-15 H Amendment 2 adopted


HB 1728    Copeland, Donnie (R) Prohibits law enforcement officials at a receiving criminal detention facility to take fingerprints of an arrested person if the arrest is for probation violation and the person's prints are already in the State Police Identification Bureau.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1731    Copeland, Donnie (R) Requires testimony before legislative committees be under oath or, in lieu of oath, a signed affirmation of truthiness.
Bill History: 03-06-15 H Filed
03-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1740    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Moves the convening of the legislature's Fiscal Session from the second Monday in February to the second Wednesday in April of even-numbered years.
Bill History: 03-06-15 H Filed
03-06-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1753    House, Douglas (R) Amends provisions relating to tobacco products to provide for limited disclosure of certain information relating to tobacco sales and taxation. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-06-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1761    Neal, Micah (R) To amend laws relating to total disability benefit determinations and employee misconduct under the workers' compensation law. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1768    Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Cooper, John (R)
Establishes a workers' compensation insurance carrier's right to subrogation, prohibiting settlements that limit the carrier's recovery of lien; provides carriers must pay death and permanent total disability benefits, rather than the Trust Fund.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1769    Shepherd, Matthew (R) Sets district court personnel salaries.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1770    Shepherd, Matthew (R) Prohibits using a drone to collect surveillance relating to critical infrastructure such as power generation facilities and oil refineries.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)


HB 1772    Mayberry, Julie (R) Reduces the maximum discount used to compensation retailers for remitting sales tax payments, from $1,000 to $500.
Bill History: 03-13-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-13-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1774    Lowery, Mark (R) Amends the criminal offense of the unlawful recording of a conversation to include conversations when the person is in an employment relationship with another party to the communication.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1775    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Regulates interchange fees that a payment card network charges for electronic payment transactions, prohibiting separate listing of state or local taxes or fees on the invoice.
Bill History: 03-13-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-13-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1777    Tosh, Dwight (R) Requires public utilities to release current and former customer address information to a process server; authorizes the utility to request written documentation of the server's court appointment.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1782    Jean, Lane (R) Reduces the number of years that transpire before certain categories of unclaimed property are presumed abandoned; revises reporting requirements for mineral rights and proceeds.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1784    Baltz, Scott (D) Makes the use of a cell phone in a school zone a primary offense for law enforcement purposes.
Bill History: 03-16-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-15 H On floor for consideration
03-16-15 H Failed (Vote: N: 50/Y: 31)


HB 1787    Bell, Nate (R) Exempts local law enforcement agencies from liability for acts by an employee of the agency who is a certified law enforcement officer that occur while the employee is working for a third party outside the employee's normal working hours.
Bill History: 03-17-15 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-17-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1790    Vines, John (D)
Ingram, Keith (D)
Amends petition and election procedures for local option alcoholic beverage elections; defines intoxicating liquor for purposes of local option election as any beverage containing 0.5% alcohol.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Re-referred to committee S-Judiciary
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended no. 1 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1792    Payton, John (R) Allows cities of dry counties to prevent the further issuance of private club liquor permits, by resolution or ordinance of the governing body.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-15 H On floor for consideration
03-20-15 H Failed (Vote: N: 40/Y: 25)


HB 1796    Gray, Michelle (R) Allows cities and towns to request a special census for the purpose of determining its portion of highway revenues; provides the census include persons incarcerated within the municipality.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 81/N: 0)
03-25-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


HB 1804    Eubanks, Jon (R) Requires public entities to place a copy of each executed contingency fee contract with a private attorney on the state transparency website.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-27-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-27-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Judiciary


HB 1808    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Expands the disaster response entities for which state, city and county employees who are simultaneously employed with the entity may take 15 days of paid leave for training or response to a national disaster.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1809    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Authorizes the owner of property subject to condemnation by a public utility to require the utility to condemn other owned, adjacent property that is commercially viable.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-20-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1810    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Deletes from municipal annexation authority land that a municipality has surrounded on only three sides because the fourth side is a boundary line with a military base.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-23-15 H Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment of House - MAC R ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1815    Love, Fred (D) Legislative Affairs (Racial and Ethnic Impact Statements; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1820    Tucker, Clarke (D) Provides that the authority to declare a property a public nuisance applies to properties used for unlawfully selling, storing, manufacturing or using a controlled substance.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-30-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1824    Magie, Steve (D) Prohibits the use by health insurance providers of an all products clause in healthcare provider contracts.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1830    Tucker, Clarke (D) Establishes a recovery program for televisions, computing and printing devices requiring individual manufacturer's provide an efficient system for collection and recycling.
Bill History: 03-13-15 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-13-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Communications and Information Technology
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. - Room 151 hnology ...H-Communications and Information Technology


HB 1834    Richey, Chris (D) Allows cities of the first or second class in which manufacture or sale of liquor is not prohibited to authorize by ordinance the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - MAC Room B ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...H-Rules
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


HB 1839    Bennett, Camille (D) Adds requirement the driver of a motor vehicle in an accident notify law enforcement of the accident if there was damage to the property of a person not involved in the accident.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Transportation
03-17-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1844    Gillam, Jeremy (R) Requires the Secretary of State to use cash funds to administer a portal for business licensure that can accept applications for both state and local government business licenses.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1847    Ferguson, Deborah (D) Prohibits insurance carriers from denying claims for injuries that occurred when the claimant had an elevated blood alcohol level or was under the influence of an intoxicant.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1848    Tucker, Clarke (D) Exempts firefighters, emergency medial personnel and other public safety personnel in addition to law enforcement officers from the prohibition on the use of a handheld wireless telephone while driving in school zones and highway construction zones.
Bill History: 03-16-15 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-16-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Public Transportation
03-31-15 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1851    Neal, Micah (R) Amends the membership composition of various state boards, commissions, and other administrative bodies and requires that the Governor consult with representatives of the relevant industries before making appointments to those entities.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 69/N: 8)
03-27-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


HB 1863    Lemons, Tim (R) Amends provisions governing the administration of elections. Requires county election board to meet no later than February 28 of odd-numbered years to organize and sets required schedule to report minutes of meetings.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1864    Lemons, Tim (R) Adds auxiliary law enforcement officers and employees of a local detention facilities to eligibility to carry a concealed handgun by a law enforcement officer.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1865    Lemons, Tim (R) Prohibits persons serving on the state and county boards of election commissioners to advocate for or against a ballot issue, manage, perform labor or solicit for a campaign or display candidate or issue placards.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1869    Hammer, Kim (R) Public Corruption Hotline (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1870    Sabin, Warwick (D) Land (Eminent Domain by Private Pipeline Companies; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-20-15 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1872    Johnson, Bob (D) Allows counties and municipalities to set by ordinance landfill host fees not to exceed $2 per tonnage of refuse if all or part of a landfill is located within the city or county.
Bill History: 03-23-15 H Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment of House - MAC R ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1873    Johnson, Bob (D) Authorizes custodians of public records to deem FOIA requests unduly burdensome if good faith production of the records within 3 days would unreasonably divert resources of the entity; extends the time for disclosure to 14 days.
Bill History: 03-16-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-16-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-State Agencies
03-18-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1874    Johnson, Bob (D) Defines “disaster recovery system” as electronic data storage systems maintained by governmental agencies to recover systems and data in event of a disaster and exempts those systems from disclosure requirements of FOIA.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1875    Johnson, Bob (D) Includes electric companies, cable TV providers, gas companies, sewer companies, internet services providers and telephone companies in definition of public utility and increases the franchise fee a municipality may charge from 4.25% to 5%.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-20-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1879    Hammer, Kim (R) Permits private businesses, churches and individuals authorized to perform marriages to elect not to provide services to couples whose marriage violates their religious beliefs.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1880    Hammer, Kim (R)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Authorizes increasing the number of commissioners for an improvement district from three to five or seen by petition to the city as an option to making the change by ordinance. Amends procedures for filling an improvement district board vacancy.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1885    Sabin, Warwick (D)
Burnett, David (D)
Creates the Arkansas Distributed Generation Act requiring electric utilities to develop standard distributed generation contracts for the purchase of electricity from renewable generation facilities.
Bill History: 03-23-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...Joint Energy
03-20-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 8:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...Joint Energy


HB 1886    Lemons, Tim (R) Reverses certain municipal detachments 180 days after the original city determines that services made available by the annexing city to the detaching inhabitants have not been used.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 1890    Davis, Andy (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Exempts the sale of baked goods for off-premises consumption from the advertising and promotion sales tax authorized by municipal governments.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-27-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1894    Vines, John (D)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Establishes the Vision Care Plan Act regulating insurers that offer vision care plans.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment no. 1


HB 1897    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Prohibits the use for intrastate towing of a motor vehicle in Arkansas of vehicles licensed for towing or wrecker service in another state.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/25/15 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1900    Sabin, Warwick (D) Allows for public-private partnerships in the development of transportation facilities including roads, tunnels, ferries, airports, parking facilities, intermodal facilities, etc.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-20-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Public Transportation


HB 1903    Sabin, Warwick (D) Workforce Services Law (Independent Contractors; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1906    Hammer, Kim (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Authorizes the State Fire Marshal to review rate filings by advisory organizations to determine if the evaluation of fire protection services is reasonable and make recommendations to the Insurance Commissioner.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1


HB 1907    Neal, Micah (R) Amends provisions concerning property and casualty insurance contracts regarding subrogation and reimbursement rights of the parties.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-26-15 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1908    Beck, Rick (R)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Requires a circuit court to impanel a 12-person jury to determine compensation in eminent domain proceedings; holds the state liable to the owner for court/attorney costs when final compensation is 20% or more above the entity's initial assessme
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1918    Rushing, Laurie (R) Water Rates (Nonresident Consumers; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1921    Lemons, Tim (R) Exempts from sales and use tax goods withdrawn from stock for use as a charitable gift to public schools, nonprofit churches or private individuals that have suffered loss as the result of a natural disaster.
Companions:
HB 1940 Gates, Mickey (Same As)
  3-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151, H-Revenue and Taxation
SB 560 Clark, Alan (Same As)
  3-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC, S-Revenue and Taxation
Bill History: 03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1928    Pitsch, Mat (R) Taxation (Municipal Park Construction Exemption; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1930    Leding, Greg (D) Makes dues and membership fees to golf facilities, tennis clubs and racquet clubs subject to the 3% excise tax as levied on health spas, health clubs and fitness clubs.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1935    Bragg, Ken (R)
Pierce, Bobby (D)
Repeals the reorganization of the 33rd district in 2017 and creates a new provision for its' reorganization in 2021.
Bill History: 03-11-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1937    Baltz, Scott (D)
Pierce, Bobby (D)
Creates the Interoperable Communications Executive Council to maintain a statewide system that provides emergency responders and government officials with continual communications during a disaster.
Bill History: 03-12-15 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-12-15 H Read second time - Referred to H-Communications and Information Technology
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 1:00 p.m. - Room 151 hnology ...H-Communications and Information Technology


HB 1940    Gates, Mickey (R) Exempts from sales and use tax goods withdrawn from stock for use as a charitable gift to public schools, nonprofit churches or private individuals that have suffered loss as the result of a natural disaster.
Companions:
HB 1921 Lemons, Tim (Same As)
  3-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar
SB 560 Clark, Alan (Same As)
  3-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC, S-Revenue and Taxation
Bill History: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1941    Neal, Micah (R) Exempts from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act information related to taxes collected by certain entities or industries under the Advertising and Promotion Commission Act, although the total of taxes collected may be released.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1945    Hammer, Kim (R) Revises provisions protecting the confidentiality of information compiled in an investigation of a whistleblower report; requires applicants for public positions with supervisory responsibility over fiscal matters undergo criminal background checks.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1950    Leding, Greg (D) Adds to the non-discrimination provisions of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act the right of otherwise qualified persons to be free from discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-19-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1952    Walker, John (D) Requires cities with minority population of 10% or greater to elect city board members from seven single-member zones of substantially equal population and for candidates to represent a zone to be qualified electors and residents of the zone.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1956    Douglas, Dan (R) Increases the threshold for awarding costs and attorney fees to the property owner in a condemnation proceeding by the State from when the final compensation awarded exceeds the deposited amount by 10% to 20%.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1980    Sabin, Warwick (D) Utilities (Definition, Provider Exemptions; Shell Bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Filed
03-10-15 H Introduced and referred to H-Journal Committee


HB 1984    Bell, Nate (R) Makes the unlawful calling of an executive session a Class A misdemeanor and makes the offender ineligible to hold an elective office or public employment in any department of the state.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 2)
03-27-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1985    Bell, Nate (R) Creates a Class A misdemeanor for knowingly providing false testimony to the General Assembly.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 59/N: 6)
03-23-15 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


HB 1986    Bennett, Camille (D) Authorizes cities that have not created an advertising and promotion commission to levy and collect an A&P tax.
Bill History: 03-13-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-16-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-15 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1997    Magie, Steve (D) Changes the restriction on former state employees who sell commodities or services to the state, increasing the minimum annual salary that triggers the breach of ethical standards from $10,500 to $15,000, and bases the salary on the fiscal year.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


HB 2004    Nicks, Milton (D) Reduces from 10 to 8 years the service as a county sheriff that deems the sheriff qualified as a law enforcement officer and makes the officer qualified to serve in any county or municipality.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)


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


HJR1005    Shepherd, Matthew (R) Allows Supreme Court Justices to run for retention of their office at the expiration of their term; creates a Judicial Nominating Commission for nominating replacements for Supreme Court vacancies.
Bill History: 03-09-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-13-15 H Re-referred to committee 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: 02-19-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-19-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-13-15 H Re-referred to committee Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


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
03-13-15 H Re-referred to committee 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


HJR1012    Bell, Nate (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution authorizing the General Assembly to enact law declaring a lone candidate for office to be elected without appearing on the eletion ballot.
Bill History: 02-11-15 H Filed
02-11-15 H Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments
03-13-15 H Re-referred to committee Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments


HJR1016    Dotson, Jim (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to provide for partisan election of judges; requires Supreme Court Justices file for retention in office at general election, and if a vacancy results the Governor chooses from three Nominating Commission candidates.
Bill History: 03-11-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-12-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-12-15 H Amendment 4 adopted


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


HJR1027    Ladyman, Jack (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to increase terms of circuit clerks and county judges from two to four years. Prohibits ten specific county officials from serving in any civil office during a term.
Companions:
SJR 5 King, Bryan (Same As)
  3-11-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 3 adopted
03-30-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed


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: 03-11-15 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-18-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-03-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
03-06-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 358 )


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: 02-11-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-05-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-05-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-03-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 299 )


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
03-25-15 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: 02-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
02-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-04-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 303 )


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: 03-17-15 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary


SB 133    Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Ferguson, Deborah (D)
Creates the Telemedicine Act, which requires coverage for healthcare services delivered through telemedicine on the same basis that in-person services are covered.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 1)
03-25-15 H Emergency clause adopted


SB 134    Johnson, David (D)
Vines, John (D)
Makes technical corrections to Title 24 concerning public retirement.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)


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: 03-11-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
03-12-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 393 )


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) Creates the Legislative Task Force on Law Enforcement Retirement, prescribes membership, and requires a final report to the Joint Committee on Public Retirement by October 1, 2016.
Bill History: 03-16-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-15 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 169    Sample, Bill (R) Requires the Municipal League to comply with accounting, budgetary laws and the Uniform Classification Act by July 1, 2015 or lose eligibility for their employees in APERS.
Bill History: 03-16-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-15 S Amendment 2 adopted


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: 03-11-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 0)
03-12-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 394 )


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: 03-10-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 67/N: 8)
03-11-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 383 )


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: 03-09-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-09-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment No. 1
03-11-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 384 )


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 or owner's parent, upon request and presentation of a valid proof-of-ownership.
Bill History: 03-18-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-19-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 688 )


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 Amendment 1 adopted
03-09-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-10-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 1)


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: 03-17-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 0)


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: 03-25-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 0)


SB 332    Files, Jake (R)
Jett, Joe (D)
Authorizes limited direct pay authority to persons eligible for refund of tax, allowing the person to accrue and remit gross receipts and use taxes on purchases that include eligible purchases.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 3)
03-30-15 H Emergency clause adopted


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
03-27-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - 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: 03-26-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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
03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - 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: 03-16-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-16-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 564 )


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: 03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 20/N: 5)
03-27-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-State Agencies
03-31-15 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


SB 392    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Authorizes the installation and use of distributed generation of electricity.
Bill History: 03-17-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-17-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration
03-19-15 S Meeting set for 9:30 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: 03-11-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Failed (Vote: N: 26/Y: 41)


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: 02-19-15 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
03-30-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...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: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 0)
03-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 600 )


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: 03-11-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 2)
03-12-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 400 )


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; other.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-27-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-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: 03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-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: 03-27-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-30-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


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
03-27-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - 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: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


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: 03-10-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 2)
03-11-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 387 )


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: 03-18-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-19-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1 & 2
03-25-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 689 )


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: 03-25-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 & 2 ation ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1 & 2


SB 509    Clark, Alan (R) Authorizes civil action against a person who disseminated 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: 03-26-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 62/N: 6)


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: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - 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 build or repair water, wastewater or storm water drainage projects; sets standard for acceptable piping material.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-26-15 S Motion to recall from House failed
03-26-15 S Motion to expunge vote failed


SB 542    Rapert, Jason (R)
Douglas, Dan (R)
Requires pharmacy benefits managers to obtain express consent when an individual's consent is required to change provider choice; limits patient payments; authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to seek an injunction.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 0)


SB 560    Clark, Alan (R)
Gates, Mickey (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.
Companions:
HB 1921 Lemons, Tim (Same As)
  3-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar
HB 1940 Gates, Mickey (Same As)
  3-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151, H-Revenue and Taxation
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - 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: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Transportation
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 0)


SB 563    Teague, Larry (D) Removes provision prohibiting persons holding elected office from serving on waterworks commissions; changes length of terms from 10 to 5 years; repeals the option to abolish a utility commission by a vote of the electorate at special election.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 0)


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: 03-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
03-17-15 H Emergency clause adopted
03-20-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 567 )


SB 574    Ingram, Keith (D) Amends provisions relating to metal theft and creates a metal theft task force. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-24-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-16-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-27-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of Senate - Room 309 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 604    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires a racial impact statement for bills that create or change a misdemeanor or felony offense, including estimate of criminal cases affected per year and impact on minorities and correctional facilities and services.
Bill History: 03-24-15 S Passed over on calendar
03-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-25-15 S Failed (Vote: N: 3/Y: 17)


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: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 79/N: 1)
03-24-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 649 )


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
03-19-15 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: 03-24-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-24-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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
03-30-15 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: 03-23-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-15 H On floor for consideration
03-23-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 0)


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
03-30-15 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
03-30-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 688    Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Requires pharmacy benefits managers to update their maximum cost list within 7 days from an increase of 10% or more in acquisition costs; enhances appeal procedure; enhances disciplinary authority off the Board of Pharmacy.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Motion for immediate consideration failed
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 64/N: 14)
03-25-15 H Clincher adopted


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: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 726    Files, Jake (R)
Murdock, Reginald (D)
Revises the unenforceability provision of construction contracts that include a hold harmless provisions.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Passed over on calendar
03-30-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-30-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 750    Sample, Bill (R)
Rushing, Laurie (R)
Amends various provisions related to the testing and use of election equipment. Requires a copy of each complaint made by a voter with a poll worker be provided to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State.
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-10-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-09-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-19-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)


SB 753    King, Bryan (R) Revises provisions related to eminent domain law. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-18-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-18-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-25-15 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: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 762    Clark, Alan (R) Requires water service providers to serve nonresident property owners or consumers whose property lies within the water provider-accepted service area upon request.
Bill History: 03-11-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-20-15 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 8/N: 5)
03-25-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 765    Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Sets the preferential primary election on the first Tuesday in March. Sets party candidate filing period to begin on the first Monday in November and end on the second Monday in November.
Bill History: 03-16-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of Senate - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-20-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/23/15 ...S-State Agencies


SB 791    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R) Creates the Workforce Development Board, with staff support from the Department of Workforce Services, charged with development and implementation of a state workforce development plan.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Received from House as amended - Calendar
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 793    Johnson, David (D) Repeals obsolete provisions and makes technical corrections to Title 27 of the Arkansas Code.
Bill History: 03-17-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - MAC Room B ...S-Judiciary
03-16-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 796    Woods, Jon (R)
Neal, Micah (R)
Amends the fire prevention code to allow use of a temporary door barricade device or security lockdown device for security purposes during active shooter events or similar situations.
Bill History: 03-17-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 52/N: 10)
03-23-15 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 606 )


SB 800    Rapert, Jason (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Establishes regulation of transportation network company services that use electronic networks to connect passengers to the companies' transportation service provided by network company drivers.
Bill History: 03-25-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-27-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 1)


SB 801    Rapert, Jason (R) Expands the use of sand and other proppants that are exempt from sales and use tax to include use to re-complete, redrill or expand an existing oil or gas well.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 79/N: 1)


SB 802    Rapert, Jason (R) Specifies sales of solid wastes including yard, glass, metals, plastic, paper are subject to sales and use tax; exempts from taxable solid waste saltwater, fracking fluids, pit water, etc. produced in natural resource exploration and development.
Bill History: 03-26-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 0)


SB 806    Clark, Alan (R)
Gates, Mickey (R)
Authorizes constables to elect to become a certified law enforcement officer after meeting prescribed training and other standards.
Companions:
HB 1709 Gates, Mickey (Same As)
  3-20-15 H Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. - MAC Room B, H-City, County and Local Affairs
Bill History: 03-10-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - MAC Room B ...S-Judiciary
03-10-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 814    Pierce, Bobby (D) Requires repair of underground facilities that are damaged by excavation or demolition within a reasonable amount of time after the operator is notified.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)


SB 816    Sample, Bill (R)
Rushing, Laurie (R)
Revises election law regarding purchase, testing and use of voting machines and other election equipment. Requires voter complaints to poll workers be forwarded to the Election Division of the Secretary of State.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 817    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Provides for electronic registration and reporting to the Secretary of State by political action committees.
Bill History: 03-18-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)


SB 837    Irvin, Missy (R) Requires the Geographic Information Systems Office to provide mapping services to municipalities planning annexation or other changes in territory and to report changes in legal boundaries to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Received from House as amended - Calendar
03-26-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-26-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 840    Clark, Alan (R) Provides for regulation of the most dangerous dogs. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-05-15 S Filed
03-05-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-26-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 844    Burnett, David (D)
Hodges, Monte (D)
Assigns solid waste recycling tax credits to a public retirement system when derived from an Amendment 82 project in which the public retirement system is a proprietor or shareholder; requires the system to sell the credits to the state.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
03-30-15 H Emergency clause adopted


SB 852    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Creates higher classifications of felony offenses for the abuse of public trust, according to the value of the benefit offered or conferred.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 855    Sanders, David (R) Provides that the public's right to use an unpaved road established by a easement is abandoned if access is denied by a gate across the road controlled by the owner.
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-27-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-15 S Senate concurred in House amendment no.1


SB 860    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Hickerson, Mary (R)
Creates a Class A misdemeanor for certain signature violations, misrepresenting the purpose of a petition and other violations related to initiative and referendum petitions. Requires background check for paid canvassers.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 862    King, Bryan (R) Requires statements of financial interest filed by candidates and public servants to provide information on each contract of $5,000 or more annually in funding from the Arkansas Medicaid Program
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - MAC Room B ...H-Rules
03-30-15 H Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...H-Rules
03-31-15 H Meeting set for 11:30 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


SB 863    King, Bryan (R) Authorizes a property owner to conduct a controlled burn of a residence or structure if approved by the quorum court and local fire department.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 869    Johnson, David (D) Authorizes municipalities and counties to enter into guaranteed energy cost savings contracts and to issue bonds for those contracts by ordinance.  
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-30-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 872    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Amends provision concerning local option election petition procedures and local option elections. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-30-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 880    Rapert, Jason (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Authorizes emergency first responders to administer the drug naloxone, an opioid antagonist that counters the effects of drug overdose.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-15 S Meeting set for 15 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-15 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 885    King, Bryan (R) Allows candidates requesting an election recount to have the recount performed by other than the county board of election commissioners, including three designees of the Department of Information Systems.
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Filed
03-09-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 886    King, Bryan (R) Prescribes accounting procedures for handling of fines, costs, fees and restitution assessed by circuit courts in criminal cases.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 887    King, Bryan (R) Authorizes the State Board o Election Commissioners to investigate complaints against and remove county election commissioners and prescribes procedures.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 892    Cooper, John (R)
Baine, John (D)
Prohibits release of more than certain basic information regarding retired and former government employees unless the employee has given permission for the release.
Bill History: 03-23-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-24-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-23-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 893    Files, Jake (R) Requires the Towing and Recovery Board to establish procedure for suspension or removal from the non-consent towing rotation list and for fines for violation of a recognized non-consent rotation policy.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Public Transportation
03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Transportation
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 898    Hester, Bart (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Expands the 2-year period for persons “under disability” to redeem tax delinquent property to include persons with a mental incapacity, minors and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Bill History: 03-18-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)


SB 903    Hester, Bart (R) Requires city approval and receipt of a dedication of land to it for park purposes within one year of receiving notice of the gift or the land reverts to the previous owner or the owner's heirs, successors or assigns.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 2)


SB 906    Hester, Bart (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Provides the Commissioner of State Lands immunity from liability for damages or costs arising from work undertaken by a city to abate a code violation on tax-delinquent real property certified to the Commissioner.
Bill History: 03-18-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 79/N: 0)


SB 907    Hester, Bart (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Repeals various obsolete laws concerning the redemption of tax-delinquent land.
Bill History: 03-18-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 73/N: 6)


SB 915    Sample, Bill (R) Authorizes the creation of different forms of municipal governments. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Filed
03-09-15 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
03-19-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 916    Sample, Bill (R)
Hickerson, Mary (R)
Requires a portion of the sales and use tax revenue collected from sellers who do not have a physical presence in Arkansas be dedicated to the State Highway and Transportation Department Fund.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 925    Files, Jake (R)
Rushing, Laurie (R)
Exempts out-of-state businesses operating in Arkansas during a disaster response period from certain taxes and regulations.
Bill History: 03-19-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Revenue and Taxation
03-24-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-24-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)


SB 942    Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Flowers, Vivian (D)
Establishes a Citizens' Review Board on Policing Practices. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Filed
03-09-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-26-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 947    Sample, Bill (R) Amends provisions relating to towing. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-25-15 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 309 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-25-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/25/15 Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-30-15 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 956    Sanders, David (R) Creates the Healthcare Transparency Initiative and provides authority to collect healthcare information from insurance carriers and other entities.
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 963    King, Bryan (R) Requires law enforcement agencies to which are referred election matters for investigation by the State Board of Election Commissioners to notify the board when criminal charges are pursued or the investigation is closed.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
03-27-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-State Agencies
03-31-15 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


SB 974    Teague, Larry (D) Allows the maximum assessed benefits levied against fire protection districts to be reassessed using the same procedure as petitions to define a new fire protection district.  
Bill History: 03-27-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-27-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 975    Stubblefield, Gary (R) Amends provisions concerning the authority of a governmental entity to regulate the free exercise of religion. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-09-15 S Filed
03-09-15 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 977    Pierce, Bobby (D) Increases from $120,000 to $200,000 the funds allocated to the Commission on Law Enforcement for training costs from revenue from 911 charges. Expands information required in the annual report from operators of public safety answering points.
Bill History: 03-20-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-25-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-25-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 0)


SB 978    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Incorporates e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products into the existing regulations governing tobacco products and cigarettes. 
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 987    Woods, Jon (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires immediate notice of an emergency order of custody of a juvenile go to the juvenile's attorney ad litem and the juvenile's parent, guardian or custodian.
Bill History: 03-24-15 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-26-15 H Placed on the House calendar
03-26-15 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)


SB 996    Sanders, David (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Procurement. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-26-15 S Motion to place on second reading carried
03-26-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SB 1004    Woods, Jon (R)
Neal, Micah (R)
Amends provisions regulating methods used by a public utilities, telecommunications providers and video service providers to access poles owned by a municipal electric utility.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - Location T ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-31-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 1013    King, Bryan (R) Creates the Voter Integrity Unit for comprehensive investigations of election misconduct.
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 1017    Hester, Bart (R) Amends provisions concerning the tax on food and other grocery items. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-30-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-30-15 S Meeting cancelled for 03/30/15 ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-31-15 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment, Call of Chair - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 1037    Stubblefield, Gary (R) Requires the Department of Career Education to collaborate with the Department of Education to develop an agricultural school pilot program consisting of at least one elementary and one middle school by the 2016-17 school year.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Emergency clause adopted
03-30-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development
03-31-15 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 138 velopment ...H-Agriculture, Forestry, Economic Development


SB 1039    Sanders, David (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Expands definition of conflict of interest for state employees.
Bill History: 03-27-15 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-15 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Rules
03-31-15 H Meeting set for 11:30 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


SB 1055    Clark, Alan (R) Amends provisions concerning elections and secret ballots. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-30-15 H Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-15 H Placed on the House calendar


SJR 1    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) To propose an amendment to the Constitution regarding civil claims and court procedures. (shell resolution)
Bill History: 11-17-14 S Filed
01-12-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 2    Clark, Alan (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Proposes an amendment to the Constitution limiting House service to 5 terms and Senate service to 3 terms, but no more than 16 years combined service.
Bill History: 02-25-15 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-25-15 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 3    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Proposes an amendment to the Constitution which would remove the provision that strips the Governor of his or her powers and duties when absent from the state.
Bill History: 01-29-15 S Filed
02-02-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 4    Hendren, Jim (R) Exempts boards or commissions governing state-supported institutions of higher education from the restrictions on abolishing state boards or commissions of Amendment 33, Section 2.
Bill History: 02-03-15 S Filed
02-03-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 5    King, Bryan (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to increase terms of circuit clerks and county judges from two to four years. Prohibits ten specific county officials from serving in any civil office during a term.
Companions:
HJR1027 Ladyman, Jack (Same As)
  3-30-15 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
Bill History: 03-10-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies
03-11-15 S Amendment 1 adopted


SJR 6    Clark, Alan (R) An amendment to the Constitution to authorize use of lottery proceeds for scholarships to vo-tech schools and technical institutes and colleges.
Bill History: 02-10-15 S Filed
02-10-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


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
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 8    King, Bryan (R) Amends the constitution concerning court procedures applicable to civil litigation. (Shell Resolution)
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 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
03-12-15 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
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 11    King, Bryan (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution relating to the selection of members of the Game and Fish Commission. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 12    Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution concerning the power of the General Assembly related to the judicial department of government. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 02-11-15 S Filed
02-11-15 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-12-15 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 16    Woods, Jon (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Amends the Arkansas Constitution to allow county and city governments to appropriate funds to corporations or individuals to finance industrial, manufacturing, or technical facilities, corporate headquarters and related land and services.
Bill History: 03-30-15 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-15 S Motion to place on second reading carried
03-30-15 S Amendment 4 adopted


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