ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Bill Status Report
05-05-2021 - 16:18:59

     - Indicates action since the request date.
 


Track: AML Bill Tracking   Request Date: 0- 0-0000 thru 99-99-9999

HB 1007   
Love, Fred (D) Creates the Law Enforcement Integrity Unit within the Division of State Police to be staffed with both civilian personnel and certified law enforcement officers and charged with investigating alleged abuses of police power, civil rights violations.
Bill History: 11-23-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
01-14-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary


HB 1017   
Rye, Johnny (R) Provides that the General Assembly intends to adopt Daylight Saving Time permanently as soon as federal law is amended to permit that action and all border states have declared their intention to do so.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
03-30-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1018   
Rye, Johnny (R) Declares chiefs of police, and city or town marshals, to be locally elected positions in the same manner as other municipal officials are elected.
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
01-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1020   
Love, Fred (D)
Hendren, Jim (I)
Creates a 20 percent sentencing enhancement for offenses committed due to victimís race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, homelessness, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, disability or service in U.S. Armed Forces.
Companions:
SB 3 Hendren, Jim (Same As)
  4- 7-21 S Committee motion for Do Not Pass failed (Vote: N: 3/Y: 2)
Bill History: 12-02-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
01-14-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary


HB 1022   
Fite, Charlene (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Sets the times that lights are required for motor vehicles, ATVs, and golf carts operating on or crossing highways, to the time between sunset and sunrise instead of one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
Bill History: 02-02-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-09-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
03-30-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education


HB 1030   
Jett, Joe (R) Adjusts the method for calculating the wholesale sales tax rate for motor fuels and distillate special fuels. Provides that the rate may be calculated based on the highest twelve-month average wholesale selling price looking back to 2018.
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
02-23-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-23-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1038   
Jett, Joe (R) Clarifies that delivery charges of marketplace facilitators are subject to sales tax.
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
02-23-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-23-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1040   
Jett, Joe (R) Defines commercial vessels for purposes of the sales tax exemption for vessels, barges and towboats of at least 50 tons load displacement.
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
02-23-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-23-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1050   
Jett, Joe (R) Requires employers with more than 50 employees to file the annual income tax withholding statement electronically, reduced from 250 employees.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 21/Y: 9)


HB 1055   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Authorizes electric cooperative corporations to exercise a right of self-regulation, removing them from oversight of the Public Service Commission, except in specified areas.
Companions:
SB 23 Johnson, Blake (Same As)
  3-17-21 S
Bill History: 03-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Insurance and Commerce
03-10-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1064   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires hospitals to submit data regarding insurers' hospital reimbursement rates to the State Insurance Department for publication.
Bill History: 12-31-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1065   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Creates a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-01-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Revenue and Taxation
02-25-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1148   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Authorizes a territorial subdivision to conduct a local option election for alcohol manufacture and sales; makes various other changes to local option election provisions.
Bill History: 01-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
01-27-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules
01-27-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


HB 1156   
Ladyman, Jack (R) Directs a $3,000,000 annual transfer from the Rural Enhancement Program Fund, which currently goes to the Division of Emergency Management, to the Arkansas 911 Board to administer the same 911-related programs.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1160   
Payton, John (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Increases the sales tax exemption threshold for used motor vehicles from $4,000 to $7,500; increases the threshold to $10,000 two years following the effective date of the act.
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
04-12-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1164   
Maddox, John (R) Amends quorum court requirements with regard to the creation of a fire improvement district that has been requested by petition, including making the creation of the district optional.
Bill History: 01-12-21 H Filed
01-13-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1223   
Underwood, Kendon (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Withholds turnback funding from a city of the first class that abolishes the city police department or reduces the budget by 25 percent or more. Lists various circumstances that would exempt a city in a given year.
Remarks: No turnback if 1st class cities abolish or reduce funding by 25% or more for PDs.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-04-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1225   
Tollett, David (R) Adjusts the composition of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Judicial Districts, and defines the Forty-Second Judicial District.
Bill History: 01-21-21 H Filed
01-21-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary


HB 1252   
Penzo, Clint (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires the city or town council to request the county party committees to conduct party primaries for municipal offices with a new resolution for each forthcoming election year.
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed (Vote: Y: 4/N: 6)


HB 1253   
Penzo, Clint (R) Creates a sales tax exemption for public highway construction project materials and consumables.
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1260   
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Requires nonprofits that do not meet the requirements of ß 4-28-4 to register their charitable solicitation efforts with the city clerk in order to solicit money on public property.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1267   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Clarifies that decisions of a municipal board of adjustment concerning zoning are appealed first to the municipal governing body and then to the circuit court.
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-26-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
02-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1280   
Haak, Delia (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Authorizes municipal governing bodies to enter into executive session for the purpose of considering economic development projects and other investments. Allows the body's attorney to be present.
Bill History: 04-05-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 54/N: 22)
04-05-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-08-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1283   
Warren, Les (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Redefines the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System, adding four members who retired from the system and requiring two of the three existing nonstate employees to be a mayor and a county judge.
Bill History: 03-30-21 S On floor for consideration
03-30-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 14)
03-30-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried


HB 1316   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Phases out the Soft Drink Tax Act by 2025.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-24-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1335   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Grants additional rights to a victim of a sex offense, including having evidence retained, access to free medical information that is part of medical examinations, and access to ACIC analysis within 90 days of evidence collection.
Bill History: 01-28-21 H Filed
01-28-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary


HB 1341   
Brown, Karilyn (R)
English, Jane (R)
Legalizes on-premises alcohol sales on Christmas Day.
Bill History: 01-28-21 H Filed
01-28-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
02-03-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1344   
Warren, Les (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
To amend retirement laws related to the Diamond Deferred Compensation Plan (shell bill.)
Bill History: 01-28-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement


HB 1354   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
English, Jane (R)
Prohibits gifts from lobbyists to cabinet-level department secretaries, state government directors, senior executives and administrative heads of agencies; authorizes the Ethics Commission to implement related rules.
Bill History: 02-24-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-10-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1364   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Creates the Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Enforcement Board to initiate proceedings on complaints filed and take actions including civil penalty assessment and ordering pipeline operators and excavators to cease and desist.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H [H] 20210311/-1/21327 (13:26:15)
03-11-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-11-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1368   
Ray, David (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Sets the date for most special elections as the presidential preferential primary date or the general election date in a year in which those elections are held, otherwise on the third Tuesday in May or the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Companions:
SB 635 Hester, Bart (Same As)
  4-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Notice of reconsideration filed by Rep. Barker
02-10-21 H Motion to reconsider carried (Vote: Y: 47/N: 39)
02-10-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 46/Y: 46)


HB 1384   
Johnson, Lee (R) Amends sales tax provisions for candy and includes candy in the reduced tax on food and food ingredients.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1385   
Johnson, Lee (R) Exempts residential cleaning services from sales tax.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1386   
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Makes it unlawful for a public servant or agent of the state to enforce any act, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Passed over on calendar


HB 1390   
Rye, Johnny (R) Establishes Arkansas as a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, providing that all laws, regulations, etc. of the U.S. Government infringing on the right to keep and bear arms shall not be recognized unless ratified and approved by the General Assembly.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 6)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 H Recalled from the Governor


HB 1420   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Creates a process for an administrative judge to request a court security review, from which the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Chief Justice may decide to authorize the judge to begin assessing a court security fee.
Companions:
SB 315 Ballinger, Bob (Same As)
  4-19-21 S Meeting set for 3:00 p.m. - Room 171, S-Judiciary
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Judiciary
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1421   
Meeks, Stephen (R) Authorizes a public entity to purchase streetlight fixtures in their designated area from an electric utility.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-13-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1431   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Increases the maximum sales total for exemption from sales tax for used vehicle sales from $4,000 to $10,000.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Filed
02-04-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1435   
Smith, Brandt (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Creates the Arkansas Sovereignty Act declaring that federal laws that exceed the constitutional limits of the United States government, especially with regard to enumerated rights, are null and void.
Companions:
SB 298 Stubblefield, Gary (Same As)
  4-27-21 H Motion to table carried
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-01-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary


HB 1436   
Collins, Andrew (D) Requires electors selected by a political party or independent candidate to execute a pledge to agree to serve and to mark their ballots for the nominees for President and Vice President of the party or independent candidate that selected them.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Filed
02-08-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1447   
Ray, David (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Requires voter approval of certain local tax levies, repealing the process for petitions that are required to request any referendum following the tax levies.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Filed
02-08-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1453   
Underwood, Kendon (R) Provides that sales of used motor vehicles are exempt from the sales and use tax.
Bill History: 02-09-21 H Filed
02-09-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1473   
Cloud, Joe (R) A Constitutional Amendment retroactively removing the authority of the Arkansas Racing Commission to issue a casino gaming license for Pope County.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules


HB 1517   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires the Secretary of State to prepare and administer electronic voter registration applications free of charge and to adopt security measures to protect voter information; requires requiring various voter registration maintenance checks.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S On floor for consideration
04-15-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 13/Y: 18)
04-15-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried


HB 1530   
Ray, David (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Adds a nonprofit organization that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code to the list of entities to which a candidate must turn over surplus campaign funds.
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
03-03-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1546   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Sunsets the Soft Drink Tax Act by 2025 and distributes additional funds to offset the effect of phasing out the tax on the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (13:55:15)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 27/Y: 61)
04-14-21 H Clincher motion failed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 52)


HB 1556   
Womack, Richard (R)
Flippo, Scott (R)
Lists numerous places where handguns may be legally possessed with exceptions for persons under the age of 21; lists locations where possession may be prohibited, outright or conditionally; makes numerous provisions for minor possession.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-16-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-21 H Amendment 2 adopted


HB 1576   
Berry, Mark (R) Permits a victim of violent or sex-offense felonies to petition the circuit court with jurisdiction to request the removal or redaction of their identifying information from all public documents and databases, with the exception of voter records.
Bill History: 02-26-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary


HB 1583   
Slape, Keith (R) Creates a statewide 'Blue Alert' System to notify the public that a law enforcement officer has been killed or sustained serious injury or has gone missing on duty; requires the alert to provide sufficient descriptive information about the suspect.
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1584   
Meeks, Stephen (R) Arkansas Nighttime Environment Protection Act, imposes regulations for outdoor lighting installations to reduce light pollution , save energy, etc. on state agencies, counties, municipalities, public corporations and electric utilities.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1599   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Changes the calculation for sales taxes due for purchases made to replace stolen motor vehicles, trailers and semitrailers within 120 days of the date on which the property was reported stolen; states eligibility requirements.
Bill History: 03-02-21 H Filed
03-02-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1617   
Richardson, Jay (D) Requires a law enforcement officer employed by a public law enforcement agency to submit to mental and behavioral health counseling every five years and after responding to/being involved with a case in which a person was killed or seriously injured.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Filed
03-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1620   
Hawks, Spencer (R) Sets dates special elections must be held, including requiring special elections to be held with a primary or general election when possible; excludes special elections provided for in the Arkansas Constitution.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1628   
Hudson, Ashley (D) Exempts the sale of qualifying solar equipment from the sales and use tax.
Bill History: 03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1630   
Maddox, John (R) Makes technical changes to provisions relating to the statutory requirement of a municipal wastewater utility to comply with municipal water utility law.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 8)
03-18-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-15-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1631   
Flowers, Vivian (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Sets the maximum length of a railroad train operating on a main line or branch line at 8,500 feet subject to administrative penalties imposed by the Department of Transportation.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Moved to deferred list H-Public Transportation
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Transportation
03-23-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 4/N: 10)


HB 1632   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Repeals the sales tax exemption for the sale of a motor vehicle to a person engaged in the business of renting motor vehicles.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1635   
Milligan, Jon (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Exempts records that have been made part of a criminal investigation containing personal information about the victim or a member of the victim's family from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-19-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
04-19-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


HB 1641   
Warren, Les (R) Exempts sales of tangible personal property, specified digital products, a digital code or services to the Young Men's Christian Association from the sales and use tax.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-14-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Motion to recall from Senate carried


HB 1650   
Carr, John (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Requires that lots be drawn in the order of the filing date of each candidate, beginning with the candidate who filed for the office earliest in time, to determine ballot position.
Bill History: 03-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1655   
Penzo, Clint (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires county party committees to conduct party primaries for municipal offices unless the municipal governing body passes a resolution for nonpartisan elections for the forthcoming year.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-07-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
04-07-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 4/N: 12)


HB 1661   
Maddox, John (R) Makes various changes to the Formula Rate Review Act, adding regulatory parameters to the Public Service Commission's electric utility rate review process.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1667   
Furman, Tony (R) Requires all occupational licensing entities to recognize licenses from other states and grant licenses based on work experience in other states, if that state does not require a license, subject to qualifications placed on the licensee.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 H Moved to deferred list H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1673   
Collins, Andrew (D) Requires a court to conduct an ability-to-pay inquiry, unless waived by the defendant, prior to the imposition of a fine or fee; upon a finding of inability to pay or financial hardship, the court may reduce the fine or impose alternate penalties.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Judiciary
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1681   
Payton, John (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Replaces provisions for cottage food production and other home-based food and drink sales with new provisions exempting homemade food or drink products from state regulations, with exceptions.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-21-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1713   
Watson, Danny (R) Changes current law governing the use of an automatic license plate reader system to allow its use by an individual, partnership, corporation or association and repeals section subjecting violations to civil penalties.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Filed
03-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-22-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1734   
Johnson, Lee (R) Provides that a law enforcement officer employed by a private college or university shall have qualified immunity and is not personally liable for injuries to individuals or damages to property while acting within the scope of his or her authority.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Filed
03-15-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education


HB 1737   
Crawford, Cindy (R) Exempts delivery charges from the sales and use tax and special excise taxes.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Revenue and Taxation
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1748   
Whitaker, David (D) Allows a two-thirds vote of the governing body of a city or county to call a referendum election for the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
Bill History: 04-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 54/N: 28)
04-08-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-13-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1751   
Ennett, Denise (D) Taxes renewable energy equipment that produces energy on or for a commercial, industrial, or institutional property according to a stated cost method and depreciation schedule.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to Joint Energy
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room C ...Joint Energy


HB 1758   
Eaves, Les (R) Amends the Freedom of Information Act with regard to bulk requests for public data to provide for reasonable fees within the limitations imposed by the act and the ability to extract records in the native electronic form.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
04-12-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1784   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Makes changes to the laws related to filing as an independent candidate by setting new filing deadlines; sets a new deadline for changing positions as a candidate; makes various other changes governing independent candidacies.
Bill History: 03-29-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-21 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1785   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Provides for determinations in county and municipal runoff elections in which a candidate withdraws or dies, declaring the remaining candidate the winner; changes requirements for candidate withdrawals.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1786   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Provides for runoffs in municipal elections in the same procedure as for county officials. Declares the candidate with the highest number of votes in county and municipal runoffs the winner if the opponent withdraws prior to certification.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1787   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Requires the Arkansas Public Service Commission to adopt new or revised net-metering rules that allow an electric utility to purchase power from customers at the lower avoided cost rate.
Bill History: 04-05-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Amendment 4 adopted


HB 1789   
Payton, John (R) Prohibits a federal employee who is not designated an Arkansas peace officer from making an arrest or conducting a search or seizure in the state without the written permission of the county sheriff or a written memorandum of understanding.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-26-21 S On floor for consideration
04-26-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 28/Y: 2)


HB 1790   
Whitaker, David (D) Requires restoration of the official state flag of Arkansas to the original designed by Willie K. Hocker in 1913 incorporating a request from the flag committee, with three stars in a white diamond field, one above and two below the word 'Arkansas'.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1795   
Meeks, Stephen (R) Repeals the Shielded Outdoor Lighting Act.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-13-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1807   
Womack, Richard (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Provides that a real property improvement in violation of measures intended to address flood loss prevention that does not clearly cause a substantive threat to real property or health and safety of individuals shall not be fined; more.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Filed
03-18-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
03-31-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1808   
Womack, Richard (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Limits municipal authority to actions to regulate unsanitary conditions that do not affect an owner of property unless the reason for which action taken can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be a serious threat to public health or safety; more.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Introduced and referred to H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-19-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-19-21 H Committee motion to amend carried


HB 1818   
Beaty, Howard (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Creates a sales and use tax exemption for the sale of parts purchased to repair existing agricultural and timber equipment and machinery.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Revenue and Taxation
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1820   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Creates a sales and use tax exemption for parts and services involving the modification, replacement or repair, either in whole or in part, of existing agricultural equipment and machinery.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Filed
03-22-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1838   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Empowers local authorities to regulate the operation of all-terrain vehicles and related registration by ordinance; provides for the issuance of out-of-state operation permits, the revenues from which would support an ATV Off-Road Trail Fund.
Bill History: 03-29-21 H Filed
03-29-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Transportation


HB 1844   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Creates the Public Office Filing Fee Commission to take the place of political party committees in establishing the filing fees for all candidates seeking an elected office; sets forth the composition of the commission and terms of its members.
Companions:
SB 687 Garner, Trent (Same As)
  4-26-21 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court, S-State Agencies
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Filed
03-30-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1851   
Wing, Carlton (R) Expands the definition of 'safety sensitive position' with regard to regulations on medical marijuana to include a position involving working with confidential information of an employer or an employer's clients, customers, or others, etc.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Rules
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1856   
Perry, Mark (D) Allows an area within the boundaries of a defunct voting district to conduct an election to permit the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Filed
04-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
04-07-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1858   
Richardson, Jay (D) Removes various restrictions on the operation of automated enforcement devices by a municipality or state agency within the boundaries of a municipality; prescribes penalties for violations detected solely by an automated enforcement device.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (14:38:44)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 45/Y: 30)


HB 1872   
Beaty, Howard (R) Amends the FOIA to require a municipality to make and retain an audio recording of an executive session and maintain it for three years, to make a transcript within 30 days that is subject to disclosure, and publish the transcript in a local newspaper.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1873   
Beaty, Howard (R) Requires DF&A to include the taxpayer identification number and the total amount of sales tax collected for the year by each vendor in a vendor list requested by a county or city; allows requests to be made at any time and removes the authorized fee.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1874   
Ladyman, Jack (R) Amends the Speed Trap Law, using the current calculation of revenue only when a municipality has a four-lane divided state highway with the state speed limit not reduced; calculates others without subtracting water/sewer department expenditures.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-City, County and Local Affairs
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1882   
Crawford, Cindy (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Provides that a person has a private cause of action against a government entity if the person encounters a member of the opposite sex in multi-occupancy restrooms or changing facilities if the entity gave permission to use the facilities; more.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Filed
04-06-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
04-12-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1889   
Perry, Mark (D) Creates an exception from laws concerning prohibited sales at a microbrewery-restaurant private club for a private club located in a defunct voting district that has authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Rules
04-14-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1903   
Hawks, Spencer (R) Exempts digital books and electronic subscriptions from the sales and use tax when purchased by a public school or library.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-21-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1904   
Milligan, Jon (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Amends the definition of 'marketplace facilitator' to include peer-to-peer car-sharing programs and makes such programs subject to the sales and use tax.
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1917   
Coleman, Bruce (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Makes various changes to definitions and provisions affecting the operation of an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway. Authorizes local authorities to designate public streets within their jurisdiction with regard to ATV access.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Transportation
04-19-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


HB 1918   
Hawks, Spencer (R) Establishes broadband improvement districts by authorizing existing improvement districts to enter into partnership with a private entity to provide, promote and support broadband internet service and finance public capital facilities; more.
Companions:
HB 1788 Fite, Lanny (Same As)
  4-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 795)
HB 1924 Hawks, Spencer (Same As)
  4-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
Bill History: 04-19-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Communications and Information Technol
04-19-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-19-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Communications and Information Technology


HB 1923   
Meeks, Stephen (R) Prohibits a state agency, public corporation, county or municipality from using public funds to install, or cause to be installed, a new or replacement lighting system that does not meet specified standards. Repeals the Shielded Outdoor Lighting Act.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Filed
04-13-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1924   
Hawks, Spencer (R) Establishes broadband improvement districts by authorizing existing improvement districts to enter into partnership with an electric system to provide, promote and support broadband internet service and finance public capital facilities; more.
Companions:
HB 1788 Fite, Lanny (Same As)
  4-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 795)
HB 1918 Hawks, Spencer (Same As)
  4-19-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Communications and Information Technology
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Communications and Information Technol
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1935   
Wing, Carlton (R) Makes emergency responders with qualifying conditions eligible for compensation for PTSD for which a qualifying event, as defined, was the major cause; limits claims to three in a lifetime.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-21-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1941   
Womack, Richard (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Prohibits any government official from compelling a person to consent to a search or inspection of his or her private property as a condition for obtaining a permit to make improvements or repairs to the residential property.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HCR1002   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Encourages continued collaboration among healthcare providers, law enforcement, and others in addressing precription drug abuse.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-03-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HCR1003   
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Terminates the disaster emergency declaration under Executive Order 20-37 and renewed by Executive Order 20-51, which includes all executive orders issued in response to the emergency that were renewed under 20-51.
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 6/N: 9)
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HCR1006   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Authorizes a four-day recess around MLK Day, which is Monday January 18. Authorizes additional recesses of four or more days by declaration of House and Senate leadership due to COVID-19, which would also move relevant bill filing deadlines.
Bill History: 01-13-21 S On floor for consideration
01-13-21 S Adopted (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
01-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HCR1008   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Provides for recess of the 93rd General Assembly on April 9, 2021.
Bill History: 02-22-21 S On floor for consideration
02-22-21 S Adopted (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HCR1011   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Provides that the House of Representatives and Senate may recess at the close of business on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, and resume their work on Monday, March 29, 2021.
Bill History: 03-08-21 S On floor for consideration
03-08-21 S Adopted
03-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HJR1001   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
To amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to enter special session when two-thirds of the legislature submits signatures, or by joint proclamation of the Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tempore.
Companions:
SJR 10 Davis, Breanne (Same As)
  4-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 H Amendment 2 adopted


HJR1002   
Tollett, David (R) Amends the constitution to remove the proposed rate of tax levy from the ballot for an annual school election when the proposed rate is the same as the previous year. Sets the new rate as the amount of the old rate automatically.
Bill History: 01-13-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-10-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-10-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1003   
Gray, Michelle (R)
Sturch, James (R)
A constitutional amendment lowering the minimum size of a city that may petition for and levy a library tax from 5,000 to 1,000 and allowing the proceeds from any city or county library tax to be used for both maintenance and construction.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-10-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-10-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1005   
Ray, David (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires sixty percent approval in each chamber to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot and sixty percent approval by the electors to adopt a referred amendment or an amendment submitted through the initiative process.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-22-21 S Adopted (Vote: Y: 23/N: 6)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HJR1006   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R) A constitutional amendment to create a petition process for demanding the recall of an elected official at special election.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1007   
Love, Fred (D) Creates the Citizens Commission on the Minimum Wage to have sole authority to implement increases to minimum wages.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HJR1008   
Vaught, DeAnn (R) Requires 60 percent of electors to approve a ballot initiative or to approve a petition to overturn a law that was passed with an emergency clause.
Bill History: 02-09-21 H Filed
02-09-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1009   
Dotson, Jim (R) A Constitutional Amendment removing the constitutional authority of the State Highway Commission to administer the Highway Department and creating a Secretary of Transportation to administer the department only as prescribed by law.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1010   
Cloud, Joe (R) A Constitutional Amendment retroactively removing the authority of the Arkansas Racing Commission to issue a casino gaming license for Pope County.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1011   
Cloud, Joe (R) A Constitutional Amendment making approval of casino gaming in Pope County subject to a local option election upon the submission of signatures of at least 10 percent of qualified electors, etc.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1012   
Payton, John (R) Constitutional amendment relating to the revision of duties of certain constitutional officers. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-21-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-21-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HJR1013   
Payton, John (R) Constitutional amendment relating to the duties of certain constitutional officers. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-21-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
04-21-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HJR1014   
Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
A Constitutional Amendment authorizing the General Assembly to enact laws limiting the amount of punitive and noneconomic damages that may be awarded for each claimant in actions for injuries to persons or property.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1015   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
A Constitutional Amendment authorizing the General Assembly, by three-fifths vote, to prescribe rules of pleading, practice, procedure, and evidence for all courts.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1016   
Dotson, Jim (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to courts including rules of pleading, practice, procedure and evidence. (shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1017   
Dotson, Jim (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to certain public officials being elected on a partisan basis. (shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1018   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
English, Jane (R)
A Constitutional Amendment extending the lottery scholarship program to students enrolled in technical and vocational-technical schools.
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1019   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
A Constitutional Amendment providing that Supreme Court Justices, Court of Appeals Judges, Circuit Judges, and District Judges shall be elected on a partisan basis.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1020   
Miller, Josh (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to fines and restrictions for frivolous lawsuits. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-State Agencies
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HJR1021   
Flowers, Vivian (D) A Constitutional Amendment removing the provision that allows slavery and indentured servitude as punishment for a crime.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HJR1022   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to court rules and their compliance with the Federal Enabling Act. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1023   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
A Constitutional Amendment declaring that right of citizens of Arkansas to keep and bear arms may not be denied or infringed by the state or any political subdivision of the state.
Companions:
SJR 13 Rapert, Jason (Same As)
  4-15-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1024   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
A Constitutional Amendment declaring that government may burden a person's freedom of religion only when in a compelling government interest for which the burden is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.
Companions:
SJR 14 Rapert, Jason (Same As)
  4-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1025   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) A Constitutional Amendment declaring that the citizens of Arkansas, acting as jurors, have the sole authority to determine the amount of compensation owed for, or civil penalty imposed because of, injuries to private property.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HR 1001   
Shepherd, Matthew (R) Adopts the rules of the House of Representatives for the 93rd General Assembly.
Bill History: 01-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-14-21 H On floor for consideration
01-14-21 H Adopted (Vote: Y: 80/N: 3)


HR 1002   
Fite, Charlene (R) Urges the activation of closed captioning on television monitors located in public venues during hours when the venue is open to the general public and the monitors are in use.
Bill History: 01-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-26-21 H On floor for consideration
01-26-21 H Adopted


SB 2   
Hendren, Jim (I) Creates an earned income tax credit, eliminates taxes on incomes from $4,500 to $8,899, increases the standard deduction, and imposes additional taxes on cigarettes and e-cigarettes to offset tax reductions and fund the tax credit.
Bill History: 11-16-20 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 3   
Hendren, Jim (I)
Love, Fred (D)
Creates a 20 percent sentencing enhancement for offenses committed due to victimís race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, homelessness, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, disability or service in U.S. Armed Forces.
Companions:
HB 1020 Love, Fred (Same As)
  1-14-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A, H-Judiciary
Bill History: 01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
04-07-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
04-07-21 S Committee motion for Do Not Pass failed (Vote: N: 3/Y: 2)


SB 12   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Suspends or changes procedures for elections held under emergency declarations, including notice requirements for changes in polling sites and vote centers, and absentee ballot requests and handling.
Bill History: 12-16-20 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 15   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Requires the suspension of any rule or regulation by the Governor under an emergency declaration to expire after 30 days, unless it is approved by a concurrent resolution of the General Assembly or a resolution of the Legislative Council.
Bill History: 12-16-20 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 16   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Amends the Workers' Compensation Law as it applies to employers, employees and first responders under COVID-19.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 17   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Provides civil immunity to businesses that remain open during COVID-19 and act in good faith while attempting to comply with health and safety directives issued by the Governor or the Secretary of Health.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 23   
Johnson, Blake (R)
Fite, Lanny (R)
Authorizes electric cooperative corporations to exercise a right of self-regulation, removing them from oversight of the Public Service Commission, except in specified areas.
Companions:
HB 1055 Fite, Lanny (Same As)
  3-10-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
Bill History: 03-02-21 S Amendment 4 adopted
03-17-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Insurance and Commerce
03-17-21 S


SB 81   
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Penzo, Clint (R)
Requires municipal telecommunications providers to implement current and applicable technologies to identify and block telecommunications that violate various state laws prohibiting spoofing, taking into consideration federal laws/regulations.
Bill History: 01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-11-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-10-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 82   
Dismang, Jonathan (R) Requires that all campaign funds be returned to contributors within 30 days when a person files as a candidate for a specific office and subsequently withdraws and files as a candidate for a different specific office.
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
02-08-21 S Re-referred to committee S-State Agencies
02-09-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 117   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Mayberry, Julie (R)
Repeals the additional registration fee paid for hybrid vehicles but retains the additional fee requirement for electric vehicles.
Bill History: 01-28-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-27-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affa
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee eg. Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 141   
Dismang, Jonathan (R) Determines procedures for conducting an election during an emergency disaster declaration; defines the responsibilities of the Secretary of State during an emergency and limits any emergency rule to 120 days in duration.
Bill History: 02-11-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
02-10-21 S Meeting cancelled for 02/11/21 ...S-State Agencies
02-23-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 180   
Beckham, Charles (R)
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Prohibits a municipality, county, district, or other political subdivision from taking an action that restricts or prohibits a utility service customer from choosing his or her utility service provider.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-24-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 182   
Sturch, James (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Authorizes the board of an improvement district to forego the collection of delinquent taxes upon a majority vote of the board if the taxes have been delinquent for three years or longer.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-15-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 188   
Clark, Alan (R) Allows electioneering in proximity to a polling place when private property is selected by the county board of election commissioners to be a polling site, with specific exceptions; allows the property owner to put in place further exceptions.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-15-21 H [H] 20210315/-1/21342 (14:11:43)
03-15-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 37/Y: 39)


SB 191   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Requires that institutions of higher learning ensure the fullest degree of intellectual and academic freedom and free expression, not restrict speech that is offensive or disagreeable and not restrict student interaction with the public, etc.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Amendment 4 adopted
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


SB 192   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Prohibits a public employer, including legislators, Constitutional Officers and agencies from penalizing, restricting or prohibiting an employee's political activities or expression of views subject to civil penalties.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-08-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 193   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Prohibits state entities from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, an individual or group on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin in matters of employment, public education and state procurement.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-08-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 195   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Extends the entities subject to Freedom of Information Act provisions to include those whose primary purpose is providing direct support to a governmental agency or public entity financially or with in-kind value of $1,000,000+.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-25-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
02-24-21 S Amendment 4 adopted


SB 208   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Redefines a 'meeting' for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act as a gathering of two or more persons in which any matter relating to a public entity is discussed in person, by telephone, electronically or by other means of communication
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S Amendment 5 adopted
04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 217   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Simplifies the process of obtaining absentee ballots; states deadlines for hand delivered and mailed absentee ballots; requires that absentee ballots be tabulated or counted no earlier than 8:30 am on election day; states verification procedures.
Bill History: 04-06-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-06-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 230   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Hawks, Spencer (R)
Removes restrictions on the assistance that may be provided to persons with disabilities with regard to voting, especially eliminating the cap on the number of disabled voters who may be assisted by a single person or candidate.
Bill History: 02-23-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-24-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 243   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Wing, Carlton (R)
Allows a retired 'plan class' employee of a municipality to participate in a healthcare plan that a public body offers to the retired employee subject to conditions established by the public body.
Bill History: 02-01-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 S Re-referred to committee S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-09-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 253   
Beckham, Charles (R)
Lynch, Roger (R)
Expands the definition of agriculture in determining which utilities used for agricultural structures and equipment are exempt from the sales tax to include soil preparation, harvesting, gardening and viticulture.
Bill History: 02-22-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Revenue and Taxation
04-20-21 S Referred to interim committee eg. Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 259   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Creates a new Class T License to be utilized by the HVACR Licensing Board for the licensure of HVACR inspectors.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 260   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Brooks, Keith (R)
Prohibits the use of an experience modification factor in a contract for construction services as a means of determining eligibility to participate in the solicitation or to be awarded a contract.
Bill History: 03-03-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 282   
Johnson, Mark (R) Expands the general powers of public bodies under the Consolidated Waterworks Authorization Act and authorizes them to issue bonds to support community redevelopment or finance specified projects and aspects of those projects, more.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H [H] 20210426/-1/21678 (13:47:27)
04-26-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 50/Y: 32)


SB 293   
Sample, Bill (R) Requires taxpayers claiming certain sales and use tax credits, refunds or rebates to provide notification to the executive head of the county or municipality that levied the tax, to complete prescribed forms and disclose pertinent tax information.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 298   
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Smith, Brandt (R)
Creates the Arkansas Sovereignty Act declaring that federal laws that exceed the constitutional limits of the United States government, especially with regard to enumerated rights, are null and void.
Companions:
HB 1435 Smith, Brandt (Same As)
  4-15-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A, H-Judiciary
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
04-27-21 H On floor for consideration
04-27-21 H Motion to table carried


SB 304   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Slape, Keith (R)
Creates a $3,000 tax credit for a full-time law enforcement officer employed by a municipal police department, a county sheriff's office or the State of Arkansas.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation
04-27-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Revenue and Taxation
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 335   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Places restrictions on the use of eminent domain by local governments and introduces numerous definitions to existing relevant laws.
Bill History: 04-05-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
04-13-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


SB 336   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Haak, Delia (R)
Creates a sales and use tax exemption for bullion, coin or currency sold for its intrinsic value, excluding that which has been incorporated into jewelry.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1109 )


SB 337   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Reinstates the border city tax rate for tobacco products. Makes the tax rate in Arkansas cities of 5,000 people or more match the rate of the adjoining out-of-state city; matches other cities and border areas' rates with the adjoining state's rate.
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 351   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Provides various regulations and insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car sharing programs, including provisions related to airport access at municipal and regional airports.
Bill History: 03-22-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 S Meeting cancelled for 04/01/21 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 377   
Johnson, Mark (R) Prohibits a municipality, county, horizontal property regime, property owners' association or landlord from restricting the placement of signage on private property based on content.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 443   
Ballinger, Bob (R) Appropriates funds to the Local Police and Fire Retirement System for 2021-2022 operations.
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Filed
03-01-21 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget


SB 452   
Johnson, Mark (R) Removes the authority of cities to apportion or redistrict wards, requiring cities to request by resolution that the county board of election commissioners establish or redistrict wards as necessary.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 27/Y: 3)
04-20-21 S Clincher adopted


SB 453   
Johnson, Mark (R) Changes the dates on which various special elections are held.
Bill History: 03-02-21 S Filed
03-02-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 459   
Garner, Trent (R) Eliminates the sales tax on used motor vehicle purchases.
Bill History: 03-03-21 S Filed
03-03-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 473   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Establishes as state park restaurant private club permit and levies supplemental taxes.
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-08-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-08-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 485   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Shortens the duration of the early voting period for a preferential primary or general election by moving the final date and time from 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the Election.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion for immediate consideration carried
04-27-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 43/Y: 39)
04-27-21 H Clincher motion failed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 58)


SB 507   
Garner, Trent (R) Requires workers' compensation rules to reimburse at the lesser of the billed charges or 100 percent of Medicare allowable amount for durable medical equipment and supplies when they are not included in the fee schedule.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 508   
Leding, Greg (D) Creates a state holiday on election day in November of every even-numbered year.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Filed
03-09-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 509   
Leding, Greg (D) Requires employers to schedule two consecutive hours of paid leave on election days for employees to exercise the right of franchise.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Filed
03-09-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 512   
Dismang, Jonathan (R) Adds associated dental appliances, that can only be used with a single patient's dental device, to the sales tax exemption for dental devices.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Filed
03-09-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 515   
Leding, Greg (D) Adds personal protective equipment purchased by a teacher for use in the classroom to the classroom-supplies sales tax exemption, and temporarily increases the deduction from $250 to $750 for tax years 2020 and 2021.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Filed
03-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 518   
Ballinger, Bob (R) Transfers the Solid Waste Management and Recycling Fund from the Division of Environmental Quality to the Department of Finance and Administration. Repeals the provision designating a percentage of the Fund for use by the Division.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-12-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 530   
Wallace, David (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Decreases the amount of a workers' compensation third-party liability that an employer, carrier, or (newly added) self-insured carrier is entitled to, from two-thirds to one-half of the proceeds that remain after payment of costs.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 538   
Leding, Greg (D) Creates a public house permit for on-premises alcohol consumption, adding the public house permit to sections for permitted alcohol sales at hotels and restaurants.
Bill History: 03-15-21 S Filed
03-16-21 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 539   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Creates a process for an employer to recoup overpayment of wages by providing written notice to the employee and deducting at most 20 percent of gross wages per pay period.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S On floor for consideration
04-15-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 13)


SB 556   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Authorizes the State Board of Election Commissioners to conduct an election for a county on an emergency basis, by request of county board of election commissioners.
Bill History: 03-30-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
04-20-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


SB 562   
Clark, Alan (R) Allows candidates to file reports in paper form after filing an affidavit declaring that the Secretary of State will enter the information into the electronic form on behalf of the candidate.
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-State Agencies


SB 563   
Flippo, Scott (R) Adds post-use polymer and other recovered feedstock plastic that is used in advanced plastic recycling to the definition of solid waste in the Solid Waste Management Act.
Bill History: 03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S Passed over on calendar


SB 577   
Tucker, Clarke (D) Amends the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993, adding age discrimination and replacing gender discrimination with sex discrimination.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Judiciary


SB 578   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Hudson, Ashley (D)
Repeals the $5.00 monthly assessment that courts charge for fines paid through installment arrangements.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Judiciary


SB 583   
Hammer, Kim (R) Requires county boards of election commissioners to refer suspected voter fraud to the State Board of Election Commissioners and the Attorney General rather than the prosecuting attorney. Requires A.G. to investigate as requested by the Board.
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 605   
Johnson, Mark (R) Creates a sales tax exemption for broadband equipment purchases of service providers that are installing infrastructure and other facilities designed to provide high-speed access to rural areas.
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Filed
03-29-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 616   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Ray, David (R)
Prohibits a municipality or county from restricting, taxing, prohibiting or otherwise regulating the use, disposition or sale of auxiliary containers except on property owned by the municipality or county; allows recycling programs.
Companions:
HB 1704 Ray, David (Same As)
  4-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 751)
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 620   
Clark, Alan (R) Provides for a county board of election commissioners to select private property as a polling place. Specifies where electioneering is allowed on properties, and states electioneering limitations for both private and public properties.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-State Agencies


SB 634   
Hester, Bart (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Prohibits state agencies, counties or municipalities from restricting a landowner from performing tree maintenance, including removal, on the landowner's property with certain exceptions.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 20/N: 5)
04-22-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


SB 635   
Hester, Bart (R)
Ray, David (R)
Sets the date for most special elections as the presidential preferential primary date or the general election date in a year in which those elections are held, otherwise on the third Tuesday in May or the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Companions:
HB 1368 Ray, David (Same As)
  2-10-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 46/Y: 46)
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
04-09-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-State Agencies
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed


SB 636   
Rapert, Jason (R) Removes the exemption for contracts awarded by the Transportation Department for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of roads and bridges in the state highway system, etc., making them subject to the Arkansas Procurement Law.
Bill History: 04-06-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
04-19-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-State Agencies


SB 646   
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Flowers, Vivian (D)
Temporarily extends the statute of limitations for all civil actions by 24 months if they occurred after the date the Governor issued his Executive Order 20-03 establishing the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Filed
04-07-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary


SB 675   
Leding, Greg (D)
Ennett, Denise (D)
Requires electric utilities to provide customers and the public with carbon dioxide equivalent emissions data and information about carbon intensity per electrical unit produced.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Filed
04-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 678   
Clark, Alan (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Requires criminal background checks for full-time, part-time, and volunteer firefighters.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Judiciary


SB 679   
Teague, Larry (D) Requires certain municipal electric utilities that receive more than 80 percent of their power from a single provider to enact a municipal retail choice program that provides customers with between two and four power providers as retail options.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Filed
04-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 681   
Leding, Greg (D)
Brooks, Keith (R)
Creates the Clean Electricity Jobs Task Force to study policies related to clean energy businesses, workforce training, consumer issues, etc.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


SB 687   
Garner, Trent (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Creates the Public Office Filing Fee Commission to take the place of political party committees in establishing the filing fees for all candidates seeking an elected office; sets forth the composition of the commission and terms of its members.
Companions:
HB 1844 Pilkington, Aaron (Same As)
  3-30-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Filed
04-14-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-26-21 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 696   
Clark, Alan (R) Requires fire department applicants to submit to a criminal background check to be administered by the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board in compliance with applicable federal standards, including the taking of fingerprints.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 701   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Makes numerous changes to the processes of obtaining, casting, counting, reviewing and storing absentee ballots, and of notifying voters of provisional ballot designations, more.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 20/Y: 11)


SB 708   
Rice, Terry (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
To amend the law regarding the conducting of primary elections to address issues resulting from the late receipt of redistricting data from the United States Bureau of the Census. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Filed
04-22-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 709   
Rice, Terry (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
To amend the law regarding the conducting of primary elections to address issues resulting from the late receipt of redistricting data from the United States Bureau of the Census. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Filed
04-22-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 710   
Rice, Terry (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
To establish the four congressional districts in Arkansas upon receipt of redistricting data from the United States Bureau of the Census. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Filed
04-22-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 711   
Rice, Terry (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
To amend the law regarding the establishment of the four congressional districts upon receipt of redistricting data from the United States Bureau of the Census. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Filed
04-22-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 712   
Irvin, Missy (R) Prohibits the enforcement of any new federal firearm regulation that requires individual licensure or registration to own or purchase a gun or gun accessory.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Filed
04-26-21 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 713   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
McCullough, Tippi (D)
Adds to provisions prohibiting wage discrimination to include programs for negotiation skills training for girls and women, research for correcting pay disparities between men and women, equal pay requirements in state agencies; more.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 714   
Tucker, Clarke (D) Adds various definitions to laws governing campaign financing to require reporting and disclosure of in-kind contributions in the form of coordinated communications in elections and to place limits on expenditures related to such communications.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-State Agencies


SB 716   
Garner, Trent (R) Creates the Arkansas Sovereignty Act declaring that federal laws that exceed the constitutional limits of the United States government, especially with regard to enumerated rights, are null and void.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Filed
04-26-21 S Introduced and referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 718   
Ballinger, Bob (R) Allows a landowner seeking additional utility services to have its service area removed from a utility provider in which the landowner's property is located and transferred to the territory of another provider if the landowner is within 5,000 ft.; more.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Filed
04-27-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce


SCR 8   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Tosh, Dwight (R)
Requests the U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden to direct the U.S. Bureau of the Census to provide timely redistricting population data.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H [H] 20210316/-1/21346 (13:10:13)
03-16-21 H Adopted
03-17-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


SJR 1   
Clark, Alan (R) A constitutional amendment allowing municipalities to incur short-term financing obligations maturing over a period of, or having a term, not to exceed 10 years for the acquisition of fire trucks; such obligations may bear interest.
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SJR 2   
Clark, Alan (R) A constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to call an extraordinary session when a majority of each chamber submits a written request to the Governor; petitions submitted must indicate without limitation the purpose(s) of the session.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Filed
02-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-18-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 3   
Clark, Alan (R) A constitutional amendment eliminating sovereign immunity and permitting the State of Arkansas to be sued as a defendant in state court in the same circumstances as any other type of party; applies retroactively from effective date.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Filed
02-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-18-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 4   
Johnson, Mark (R) A constitutional amendment eliminating specific requirements for establishing, maintaining and supporting free public schools and associated language and placing sole authority regarding free public schools on the General Assembly.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Filed
02-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SJR 5   
Rapert, Jason (R) Constitutional amendment relating to the manner in which primary elections are held. (Shell bill)
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-State Agencies
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SJR 6   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
A Constitutional Amendment establishing an election process with the names of all candidates for a primary election, special primary election or election for nonpartisan office to be listed on a single ballot, regardless of political party; more.
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 8   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
A Constitutional Amendment empowering the General Assembly to enact laws limiting the amount of punitive damages and noneconomic damages that may be awarded for each claimant in civil actions.
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SJR 9   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
A Constitutional Amendment providing that, by a three-fifths vote of each house, the General Assembly may prescribe rules of pleading, practice, procedure and evidence for all courts thereby superseding the rules of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
03-16-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 10   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
To amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to enter special session when two-thirds of the legislature submits signatures, or by joint proclamation of the Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tempore.
Companions:
HJR1001 Cavenaugh, Frances (Same As)
  4-19-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
Bill History: 04-22-21 H On floor for consideration
04-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 82/N: 9)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


SJR 11   
Leding, Greg (D)
Richardson, Jay (D)
A Constitutional Amendment creating an implied warranty of habitability in Arkansas, decriminalizing failure to pay rent and refusal to vacate and prohibiting certain terms and conditions of rental agreements; more.
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SJR 12   
Leding, Greg (D) A constitutional amendment allowing persons who are 17 years of age to vote in a primary election if they will be 18 years of age on or before the date of the general election and are otherwise eligible to vote.
Bill History: 04-06-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SJR 13   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
A Constitutional Amendment ensuring citizens of the state a fundamental right to keep and bear arms for their common and individual defense and for hunting and recreational purposes and prohibiting infringement by state entities.
Companions:
HJR1023 Gazaway, Jimmy (Same As)
  3-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion, H-State Agencies
Bill History: 04-13-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Amendment 2 adopted


SJR 14   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
A Constitutional Amendment prohibiting government from burdening one's freedom of religion absent a demonstration that the burden advances a compelling government interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.
Companions:
HJR1024 Gazaway, Jimmy (Same As)
  3-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion, H-State Agencies
Bill History: 04-27-21 H [H] 20210427/-1/21702 (12:02:09)
04-27-21 H Resolution concurred (Vote: Y: 75/N: 19)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


SJR 15   
Clark, Alan (R) A Constitutional Amendment requiring the Governor to convene the General Assembly in extraordinary session on the 31st day of a declared emergency that lasts at least 30 days.
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 16   
Clark, Alan (R) A Constitutional Amendment requiring that interscholastic or intramural athletic teams sponsored by a public school be expressly designated as male, female or coed, and that female sports must be limited to females based on biological sex.
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SJR 17   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
A Constitutional Amendment to amend laws concerning a review of the constitutionality of certain federal actions prior to their implementation (Shell resolution).
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SJR 18   
Clark, Alan (R) Requests that Congress take action to propose a constitutional amendment providing that the U.S. Supreme Court be composed of nine justices.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H [H] 20210427/-1/21702 (11:14:13)
04-27-21 H Adopted
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


- End of Report -