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HB 1004   
Fortner, Jack (R) Expands the list of aquatic facilities a registered sex offender is prohibited from entering to include locations with a wave pool, splash pad, water slide, or other area dedicated to aquatic activities.
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-19-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 429 )


HB 1008   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R) Removes the requirement that underfunded police and firemen's pension and relief funds receive employer contributions of at least 80 percent of actuarial cost for volunteer, consolidated and local funds contributing less than 50 percent.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 347 )


HB 1023   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Creates a sales tax exemption for sales of goods and services to a parent teacher organization that is affiliated with a public school. Exempts the organization's ticket sales to fundraising events from sales tax.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 873 )


HB 1026   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Clarifies that an appearance fee of less than $50.00 received by a volunteer fire fighter for training, practice or reimbursement is not compensation for the purposes of determining volunteer status of a fire department.
Bill History: 02-09-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-10-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 125 )


HB 1033   
Jett, Joe (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Clarifies sales tax exemptions for car wash services of a car wash operator and certain sellers in the digital marketplace.
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
02-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 144 )


HB 1034   
Beaty, Howard (R) Removes limits to the disclosure of tax records by the Department of Finance and Administration in judicial proceedings that were not initiated by the Secretary of the Department.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 732 )


HB 1042   
Jett, Joe (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Repeals the long-term rental vehicle special excise tax.
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
02-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 146 )


HB 1043   
McClure, Rick (R) Sets a 10-year limit for the collection of taxes from utilities and carriers; defines circumstances under which the Department of Finance and Administration may waive those taxes prior to that time.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 719 )


HB 1056   
Fite, Lanny (R) Creates an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act for electronic public meetings held during a declared disaster; requires such meetings to be recorded and retained for one year.
Bill History: 02-01-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-02-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 56 )


HB 1063   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Authorizes audio-only consultations to qualify as covered services under the Telemedicine Act.
Bill History: 04-19-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1, 2, 3, and 4
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 829 )


HB 1077   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System for 2021-2022 operations.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 670 )


HB 1110   
Meeks, Stephen (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires state agencies, boards and commissions to report any data security incidents that compromise the security of their information systems to the Legislative Auditor within two business days.
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-02-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 260 )


HB 1112   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Deletes the process for a voter who is casting a provisional ballot to complete and execute a sworn statement at the polling site.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 9)
02-25-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 249 )


HB 1115   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Exempts vehicles that have a gross weight of less than 26,000 pounds from the Motor Carrier Act, unless designated as transporting hazardous materials or designed to transport more than 15 passengers.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 389 )


HB 1119   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Eliminates the Bethel Heights department of the First District Court.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 87 )


HB 1126   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for animal rescue shelters for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Bill History: 01-26-21 S Emergency clause adopted
01-26-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
01-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 16 )


HB 1127   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for state turnback for counties and municipalities for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-24-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 192 )


HB 1129   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for assistance to local law enforcement and emergency medical services for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Bill History: 01-28-21 S Emergency clause adopted
01-29-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-02-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 48 )


HB 1131   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for refunding each city and county's share of local sales taxes for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Bill History: 02-25-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-26-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-02-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 246 )


HB 1132   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of State for city-county tourist meeting and entertainment facilities for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Bill History: 01-28-21 H Emergency clause adopted
01-29-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-02-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 46 )


HB 1141   
Vaught, DeAnn (R) Makes various changes to the Cemetery Act for perpetually maintained cemeteries.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 0)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 731 )


HB 1152   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Authorizes emergency medical services personnel to transport a police dog injured in the course of a duty to a veterinary hospital.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 790 )


HB 1153   
Ladyman, Jack (R) Designates moneys received under a subdivision of the Emergency Services Act for the operation, acquisition, and maintenance of the equipment of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network.
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 127 )


HB 1159   
Meeks, Stephen (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Authorizes members of the General Assembly to defer jury duty until 30 days after sine die if called during a session or within 30 days preceding the convening of a session. Allows persons over 80 to excuse themselves from jury service.
Bill History: 02-25-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-26-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-02-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 222 )


HB 1196   
Christiansen, Craig (R) Creates a sales tax exemption for water used in poultry farming. Requires the water to be separately metered from water used for any other purpose.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 970 )


HB 1197   
Dalby, Carol (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Authorizes political subdivisions to appoint part-time law enforcement officers equal to 2 part-time officers per each full-time officer; makes other changes related to personnel and the creation or reactivation of inactive law enforcement agencies.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-25-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 218 )


HB 1202   
Collins, Andrew (D)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Imposes additional publication requirements on the county boards of election commissioners with regard to election information.
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 128 )


HB 1205   
Tosh, Dwight (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Authorizes LOPFI retirants to return to employment in most entry-level positions with the covered employer from which they retired; authorizes any retirant to return to work after 90 days rather than 180 days.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 344 )


HB 1211   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Lists a number of actions that the Governor and officials may not take with regard to religious organizations during a disaster emergency.
Bill History: 02-03-21 S On floor for consideration
02-03-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
02-10-21 G Law without signature (Act: 94 )


HB 1214   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R) Combines the response fund, recovery fund, and catastrophic loss funds of the Office of the Governor; increases the amounts allocated to those funds and the hazard mitigation fund.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 372 )


HB 1221   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Transportation for 2021-2022 operations.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 831 )


HB 1227   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Amends the Minimum Wage Act, defining time spent by a motor carrier driver that is not subject to minimum wage or overtime liability of the employer, including traveling to/from their residence and logging off-duty or sleeper berth time.
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 91 )


HB 1228   
Johnson, Lee (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Allows consumption of alcoholic beverages within the boundaries of a designated entertainment district that is contiguous with the premises where sold. Adds private clubs to the definition of designated entertainment district.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 18/N: 14)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 874 )


HB 1229   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Authorizes the Commissioner of State Lands to conduct delinquent land auctions and negotiated-price sales online, removing the in-person auction and sales methods.
Bill History: 03-23-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-24-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 447 )


HB 1238   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Enacts the Insurance Department's General Omnibus.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 367 )


HB 1251   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Makes various changes to the annual reports that improvement districts file with county clerks for the preceding fiscal year.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 359 )


HB 1264   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Expands the exemptions to licensing requirements for architects, to include projects and properties up to $250,000 in cumulative and fair market value, and public works observation of architectural projects up to $250,000.
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 3)
04-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 568 )


HB 1274   
Smith, Stu (R) Adds volunteer police officers who participate in a local policemen's pension and relief fund to the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, entitling them to receive reciprocal service credit.
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-09-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 687 )


HB 1281   
Warren, Les (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Changes the maximum duration of participation in the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System Deferred Retirement Option Plan from seven to ten years.
Bill History: 03-30-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 518 )


HB 1282   
Warren, Les (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Adds border municipal airport authorities as eligible participating public employers in the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.
Bill History: 03-30-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 519 )


HB 1298   
Warren, Les (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Changes the composition of the APERS Board, requiring two of the Governor's nonstate employee appointments to be one current county judge and one mayor. Adds four legislative appointees; two must be retired law enforcement officers.
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-09-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 686 )


HB 1313   
Rye, Johnny (R) Amends the criminal offense of defacing an object of public respect, adding monuments and public buildings on the Capitol Grounds, Capitol Mall, Governor's Mansion grounds.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 713 )


HB 1325   
Warren, Les (R) Changes the calculation of reciprocal service using deferred service credit for determining eligibility to receive a monthly retirement benefit under each reciprocal system within the Public Employee Retirement Systems.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 711 )


HB 1327   
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Allows a current or former district court judge, circuit court judge, Court of Appeals judge or Supreme Court justice with a valid license to carry a concealed handgun to carry a weapon where it would be otherwise prohibited.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 766 )


HB 1331   
Milligan, Jon (R) Extends provisions for a vacancy in a mayor's office to extend to other municipal officers, including a marshal, recorder, treasurer or recorder-treasurer.
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-10-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 339 )


HB 1332   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Makes changes to election laws relating to uncontested school elections, school elections generally; changes notice requirements for general elections, primaries and runoffs, reducing notice from 20 days to eight prior to the start of early voting, more.
Bill History: 03-23-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-24-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 448 )


HB 1346   
Warren, Les (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Provides for calculation of APERS final average compensation for persons first hired on/after July 1, 2022 on a 5-year average basis, and for persons first hired before July 1, 2022 on a 3-year average basis.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 370 )


HB 1347   
Warren, Les (R) Provides a formula for redetermination of benefits under APERS that indexes the increase to the Consumer Price Index or increases the benefit by 3 percent, whichever is lesser. Applies to persons hired on or after July 1, 2022.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 366 )


HB 1348   
Warren, Les (R) Under the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, provides that the contribution rate for persons first hired hired on or after July 1, 2005 shall be increased in increments 0.25% per fiscal year so long as the contribution rate does not exceed 7%.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 365 )


HB 1351   
Wing, Carlton (R)
Flippo, Scott (R)
Prohibits the discharge of class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals for training purposes, unless otherwise required and the testing facility has implemented appropriate measures to prevent release into the environment.
Bill History: 03-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 315 )


HB 1352   
Warren, Les (R) Adds the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System to the definition of a 'claimant agency' as applicable to setoffs against state tax refunds.
Bill History: 03-03-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-03-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 281 )


HB 1373   
Collins, Andrew (D)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires the staff and supervisors of a public safety answering point or dispatch center be trained in telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including specific protocols and continuing education.
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 505 )


HB 1374   
Collins, Andrew (D) Amends the law determining which sales by charitable organizations are exempt from sales taxes by defining a non-exempt transaction as one that is continuing or held more than 10 times per year instead of more than three times annually.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 807 )


HB 1377   
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Changes the timeframe for calculating sales tax on a new or used motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer by subtracting the sale price of a used vehicle, from 45 days to 60 days following the used vehicle sale.
Bill History: 03-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 277 )


HB 1416   
Underwood, Kendon (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Limits ordinances by a local government with regard to home-based work to those limiting disturbances and ensuring compliance with codes and laws.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 659 )


HB 1443   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Makes various changes to the management and sale of tax-delinquent lands by the Commissioner of State Lands.
Bill History: 04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 584 )


HB 1450   
Magie, Steve (D)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for early refills of prescription eye drops.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 357 )


HB 1460   
Womack, Richard (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Prohibits cities, counties, and other political subdivisions from proposing and enforcing the regulation of a trade, occupation, or profession other than to the extent expressly authorized by the General Assembly.
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 567 )


HB 1463   
Hawks, Spencer (R) Clarifies that the limitations on municipal regulation of residential building design allow municipal policies to be amended if the amendment results in a less restrictive regulation of building design elements.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 806 )


HB 1466   
Warren, Les (R) Establishes one department of the Forty-First Judicial District in Hot Springs rather than two in Hot Springs and one in Mountain Pine; establishes two judgeships in the department whose judges will be determined by the state district court judges.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 825 )


HB 1480   
Berry, Mark (R)
Beckham, Charles (R)
Requires all department secretaries to provide an oral report to the Legislative Council on the state of their department by November 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Bill History: 03-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 413 )


HB 1488   
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Authorizes the establishment of COVID-19 as an occupational disease with regard to workers' compensation benefit eligibility.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 353 )


HB 1508   
Brown, Karilyn (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Makes various changes and specifications to criminal offenses associated with riots and protests, including against first responders; authorizes riot investigations; requires those arrested on riot charges to be held for 12 hours without release.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 5)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1014 )


HB 1510   
Scott, Jamie (D)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires school districts that accept a school resources officer to file a defined memorandum with a local law enforcement agency; requires school resource officers and their supervisors to complete specified training.
Companions:
SB 407 Irvin, Missy (Same As)
  4- 5-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 551)
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 1)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 622 )


HB 1514   
Meeks, Stephen (R)
English, Jane (R)
Compels the release of data stored by a data company for a public entity within 60 days of the expiration or termination of the public contract.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 763 )


HB 1516   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Permits a law enforcement officer to transport an intoxicated person to a sobering center; immunizes the officer from civil or criminal liability; states that a person detained for driving or boating while intoxicated is ineligible.
Bill History: 04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 587 )


HB 1522   
Ray, David (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
States that a misdemeanor offense occurs when a person applying to be placed on the ballot for public office makes false statements about his or her qualifications.
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 416 )


HB 1544   
Underwood, Kendon (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Allows a municipality to state by proclamation that it is designated a Pro-Life City and permits a municipality passing such a resolution to place signs along rights-of-way, advertise, place signs or banners on municipal buildings, etc.
Bill History: 03-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 3)
03-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 392 )


HB 1547   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Prohibits schools, licensing entities, and employers (who are granted immunity from civil liability for injuries resulting from exposure) from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations through discrimination or coercion.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Emergency clause adopted (Vote: Y: 28/N: 1)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 977 )


HB 1550   
Dalby, Carol (R) Makes adjustments to salaries for certain district judges and district court personnel and changes sources of funding and reimbursement for some courts.
Bill History: 03-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 454 )


HB 1555   
Jett, Joe (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Increases the annual cap for Arkansas historic rehabilitation income tax credits from $4 million to $8 million beginning fiscal year 2022; extends the sunset for the tax credit 10 years to 2037.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 840 )


HB 1557   
Murdock, Reginald (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Requires electrical utilities to have an emergency plan on file to establish emergency warming centers and other mechanisms to protect the elderly and disabled persons; requires local governments to be notified of planned power outages.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 877 )


HB 1560   
Christiansen, Craig (R) Creates a repossession towing license under the Towing and Recovery Board and adjusts membership of the Board.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 789 )


HB 1562   
McCollum, Austin (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Makes various changes to autonomous vehicle regulations and limits local entities' authority to impose requirements. Authorizes on-demand driverless capable vehicle networks, which may connect a passenger or goods to a fully autonomous vehicle.
Bill History: 04-05-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 619 )


HB 1569   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Teague, Larry (D)
Prescribes methods for calculating the contributions to cost-sharing requirements for enrollees in health benefit plans, including the Affordable Care Act, by insurers and pharmacy benefits managers.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 965 )


HB 1593   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Allows retired prosecuting attorneys and deputy prosecuting attorneys to carry a concealed handgun if listed qualifications are met.
Bill History: 04-12-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 710 )


HB 1595   
Milligan, Jon (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Prohibits use of an electronic voting machine that is connected or capable of establishing a connection to the internet or an external network.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 735 )


HB 1596   
Jett, Joe (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Extends existing sales and use tax exemptions for items sold for resale to include property sold for use in printing; extends the sales tax exemption for certain machinery and equipment to include articles of commerce.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 880 )


HB 1598   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R) Changes the definition of 'facility' as it is used regarding the offense of carrying a firearm in prohibited public places to exclude municipally owned or maintained parks, recreational structures, baseball fields, etc. from the definition.
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 8)
04-09-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 693 )


HB 1615   
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Makes changes to the eligibility requirements of election officials and the establishment of polling places; mandates that all ballots exhibit a warning to persons who have submitted an absentee ballot; requires verification of absentee ballot requests.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1063 )


HB 1616   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Adds district court judges to provisions for travel expenses of judges, changes the definition of 'retired judge' to include district and municipal court judges receiving APERS benefits so that they are eligible to receive additional compensation.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 818 )


HB 1625   
Haak, Delia (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Prohibits a sex offender from residing near a publicly owned park or trail located on private property for which an easement has been granted to the state or a county, city, or town unless the offender owned the property prior to the effective date.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 963 )


HB 1626   
Brooks, Keith (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Amends the Freedom of Information Act to allow a request for public records of a public employee's gross salary without prior notification to the public employee by the custodian of the records.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 658 )


HB 1627   
Womack, Richard (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Authorizes the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee to require the Attorney General to appear in person for the purpose of explanation and questioning if they fail to file required pleadings regarding the revocation of a municipal corporation charter.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S On floor for consideration
04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 2)
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 938 )


HB 1629   
Ennett, Denise (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Exempts from proposal solicitation requirements any warehouse facility that a municipal port authority owns or plans to construct which is leased to a third-party tenant.
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 515 )


HB 1633   
Underwood, Kendon (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Allows a city of the first or second class or incorporated town establishing a police department the alternative of entering into a contract or interlocal agreement for law enforcement services with an existing law enforcement agency.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 714 )


HB 1637   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Authorizes the General Assembly and legislative bodies to review executive orders issued by the President of the United States and take whatever actions are deemed necessary including referrals to the Attorney General for review.
Companions:
SB 469 Garner, Trent (Same As)
  4-19-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
Bill History: 04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 7)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Law without signature (Act: 608 )


HB 1654   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires durable posters or framed copies of the national motto, In God We Trust, to be displayed in buildings and facilities maintained or operated by taxpayer funds, rather than by state funds.
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 410 )


HB 1660   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Allows the governing body of a municipality to provide by ordinance that it will first hear appeals before an appeal is referred to a circuit court with competent jurisdiction.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 0)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 930 )


HB 1662   
Maddox, John (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Makes various changes to the Formula Rate Review Act, adding regulatory parameters to the Public Service Commission's electric utility rate review process.
Companions:
SB 489 Davis, Breanne (Same As)
  4-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 894)
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 404 )


HB 1664   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Defines procedures for an environmental officer to obtain an administrative warrant to enter property with probable cause to inspect for environmental violations.
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 749 )


HB 1666   
Womack, Richard (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Makes technical changes to laws pertaining to legislative audits, specifically making subdivisions of covered entities subject to access requirements.
Bill History: 04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 591 )


HB 1675   
Evans, Brian (R)
English, Jane (R)
Removes the definition of 'carryover funds' and all related expenditure reporting requirements from provisions involving campaign finance. Removes requirement that candidates turn over surplus funds, instead treating those as remaining funds.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 4)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-16-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 737 )


HB 1680   
Richardson, Jay (D)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Provides that a law enforcement agency may require a law enforcement officer who has been involved in a critical incident to participate in a debriefing by a mental health professional or a certified peer support member; requires assistance.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 747 )


HB 1688   
McClure, Rick (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Requires a solid waste disposal authority to prepare and submit an annual budget to the governing body of each municipality and county that are members of the authority for review and approval.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 677 )


HB 1690   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Requires a city or incorporated town that has spent funds credited to the street fund in a manner inconsistent with the purposes required to repay or commit to repay those funds in order to be eligible to receive highway revenues; more.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 709 )


HB 1699   
Watson, Danny (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Repeals the provision that a county or municipality receiving a distribution of highway revenue of $2,000,000 or more must report details on the use of the funds annually to the House and Senate Committees on Public Transportation.
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 517 )


HB 1702   
McCullough, Tippi (D)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires a bicyclist to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and to give an audible signal before overtaking a pedestrian.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1067 )


HB 1704   
Ray, David (R)
Sullivan, Dan (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:
SB 616 Sullivan, Dan (Same As)
  4-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 6)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 751 )


HB 1715   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Makes various procedural changes to voting by absentee ballot, including reducing the threshold for possession of ballots in creating a presumption of fraud, voter statements, daily ballot counts, inner envelope access, address verification, etc.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 8)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 736 )


HB 1717   
Lowery, Mark (R) Authorizes a municipality to set a maximum accumulation of more than 90 days of unused sick leave for law enforcement officers and to define by ordinance an officer's working day for purposes of calculating sick leave.
Bill History: 04-06-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-07-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 655 )


HB 1728   
Godfrey, Megan (D)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Provides that use of campaign funds or carryover funds to pay a candidate's childcare expenses shall not be considered a taking of campaign funds as personal income if the campaign funds are used to pay for childcare during campaign activity.
Bill History: 04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 6)
04-14-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 734 )


HB 1745   
McGrew, Richard (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Allows a private community with a population over 5,000 that employs certified law enforcement officers to be reimbursed for training costs or expenses of the certified law enforcement officers.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 676 )


HB 1767   
Johnson, Lee (R) Allows the operation of an automated personal delivery device in pedestrian areas and on certain roads and streets. Places restrictions on the manner and locations in which it can be operated.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 3)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 926 )


HB 1775   
Jean, Lane (R)
Rice, Terry (R)
Amends state indemnification for actions by a municipality, requiring the actions to have been under the 'direct' supervision of a state official or employee in order for the Attorney General to defend the municipality's actions.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 2)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 613 )


HB 1788   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Hammer, Kim (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 1918 Hawks, Spencer (Same As)
  4-19-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Communications and Information Technology
HB 1924 Hawks, Spencer (Same As)
  4-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
Bill History: 04-15-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 795 )


HB 1803   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Makes various changes to laws governing complaints filed with the State Board of Election Commissioners regarding violations involving voter registration, requests for absentee ballots, delivery of absentee ballots, ballot tabulation, etc.
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 1)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 756 )


HB 1804   
Evans, Brian (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Makes changes to the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act and requires rules that place pharmacy network locations within two to fifteen miles of the majority of populations in areas, depending on the area's urban/rural status.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 665 )


HB 1805   
Womack, Richard (R)
Teague, Larry (D)
Guarantees a property owner's right to repair any defect or disrepair on the premises he or she owns.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1073 )


HB 1825   
Dalby, Carol (R) Imposes upon a candidate the responsibility of ensuring that campaign signs and other materials include required language: 'Paid for by' followed by the name of the candidate, committee or person who paid for the materials.
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 755 )


HB 1836   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Reduces the maximum fine and civil penalties, each from $25,000 to $5,000, for a knowing refusal of the right of entry and inspection to the Division of Environmental Quality.
Bill History: 04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 812 )


HB 1855   
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Provides a uniform bonding procedure for payment bonds and performance bonds issued under contracts for the construction, erection, alteration, demolition or repair of any building, structure or improvement; more.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 986 )


HB 1865   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires all law enforcement officers to complete annual training related to a law enforcement officer's duty to intervene if the officer observes the use of excessive force by another law enforcement officer.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 792 )


HB 1866   
Beck, Rick (R) Prohibits all county boards of election commissioners and the State Board of Election Commissioners from accepting any funding, grants or gifts from any source other than a city or incorporated town, the governing authority of a county, the State, etc.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 961 )


HB 1868   
Haak, Delia (R)
Hill, Ricky (R)
Expands exceptions to provisions for the confidentiality of tax records to include data related to sales and use tax revenues generated in a political subdivision. Provides for DF&A to report the data monthly to requesting counties.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1059 )


HB 1877   
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Requires a local government that maintains a fire department to adopt policies that make additional psychological services available to a firefighter who has been in a critical incident.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 921 )


HB 1883   
Christiansen, Craig (R) Prohibits municipalities from enacting a resolution or ordinance that terminates, bans, effectively bans or creates an undue hardship relating to the job or use of a working animal or animal enterprise in commerce, service, legal hunting, agriculture, etc
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 3)
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1091 )


HB 1897   
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Authorizes a blood sample to be taken by a non-physician, without the supervision of a physician when a person consents or is under a warrant or court order; requires a physician or nurse to draw blood in exigent circumstances.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 990 )


HB 1898   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R) Expands the authority to carry a weapon by defining a journey as any moment when a person leaves their home. Provides that any automobile is an extension of a person's home for purposes of carrying a weapon.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 5)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 956 )


HB 1910   
Christiansen, Craig (R) Authorizes the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board to revoke the certification of a firefighter convicted of a felony listed under 17-3-102 that prohibits licensure; provides for a hearing or appeal.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1094 )


HB 1912   
Jett, Joe (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Exempts sales of used motor vehicles, trailers and semitrailers valued at more than $4,000 but less than $10,000 from additional excise taxes and sets a sales tax of 2.875 percent.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1013 )


HB 1938   
Wing, Carlton (R) Requires a public safety agency to develop curricula for mental health awareness training for its personnel that includes stated aspects of mental health awareness; requires that persons completing such training receive continuing education.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1081 )


HB 1944   
Wing, Carlton (R) Includes post-use polymers and recovered feedstocks in the definition of solid waste and provides various technical definitions related to recycling and materials; states intent to help facilitate growth and investment of facilities.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 2)
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1095 )


HB 1957   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Prohibits state officials from enforcing certain federal bans on the possession of firearms.
Bill History: 04-28-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1012 )


SB 4   
Sample, Bill (R) Makes various changes to the Local Police and Fire Retirement System's disability retirement benefits, including authorizing the board to add an additional amount to an employer contribution to account for the cost of providing disability benefits.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 72 )


SB 5   
Sample, Bill (R) Changes the Local Police and Fire Retirement System's determination of benefits under reciprocal systems, adjusts members' benefit rights and the process for appeal of administrative decisions, and increases the DROP benefit distribution age.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-16-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 374 )


SB 7   
Sample, Bill (R) Revises terms of police and firemen pension deferred retirement option plans to begin distribution April 1 of the year following the year during which the member becomes 72 as opposed to the year following the year the member becomes 70.5.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 73 )


SB 21   
Wallace, David (R)
Rye, Johnny (R)
Defines and exempts steel mill byproducts, which are used as items of value and known as mill scale and slag, from the definition of solid waste under the Solid Waste Management Act and the Recycling Funds Act.
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 98/N: 0)
02-03-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 74 )


SB 24   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Provides that a person is not required to retreat if they had a reasonable belief that their use of deadly physical force was necessary to protect against another person's imminent threat to cause death or serious injury.
Companions:
HB 1526 Pilkington, Aaron (Same As)
  2-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
Bill History: 02-24-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 23)
02-25-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 250 )


SB 26   
Sturch, James (R) Extends the reduced sales and use tax rates for utilities used by manufacturers to the use of coal, but provides that the sale of natural gas, electricity and coal will be subject to the excise tax levied in Amendment 101.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 915 )


SB 59   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Makes it unlawful for a public servant or agent of the state to enforce federal law relating to firearms and firearm accessories that are owned or manufactured in-state.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 18)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 872 )


SB 74   
Hill, Ricky (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Extends the definition of a government entity to include consolidated utility districts, authorizing utility districts to provide, directly or indirectly, voice, data, broadband, video or wireless telecommunications services.
Bill History: 01-28-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 67 )


SB 84   
Davis, Breanne (R) Makes technical changes to the law pertaining to notice and publication requirements of abandoned property.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
02-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 77 )


SB 99   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to base step therapy protocols on appropriate clinical practice guidelines or published peer-reviewed data developed by independent experts; establishes exceptions from protocols and procedures for requesting them.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H On floor for consideration
02-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 97 )


SB 137   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Prohibits local governments from taking actions that discriminate against a utility service on the basis of energy source.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 11)
03-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 308 )


SB 138   
Dismang, Jonathan (R) Requires a candidate or the committee working on the candidate's behalf to disclose specified financial information for each financial institution used for the purposes of receiving contributions or making expenditures within the state.
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 2)
03-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 254 )


SB 145   
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Beaty, Howard (R)
Makes changes to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in compliance with the national standard, stating that the Governor is not obligated under the compact to send requested assistance and amending liability provisions.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-02-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 71 )


SB 154   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Fite, Lanny (R)
Amends quorum court requirements with regard to the creation of a fire improvement district that has been requested by petition; allows the location of the public hearing to be outside of the proposed district; authorizes county clerks to certify petition
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 83 )


SB 162   
Sample, Bill (R) Changes the termination period regarding eligibility under the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System for persons returning to temporary employment with the Arkansas Legislature or related public entities during a legislative session.
Bill History: 01-27-21 H Emergency clause adopted
01-28-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 20 )


SB 169   
Garner, Trent (R)
Ray, David (R)
Prohibits a municipality, county or other local public health authority from prohibiting or regulating the occasional outdoor sale of nonalcoholic beverages from a stand on private property by a minor.
Bill History: 03-02-21 H [H] 20210302/-1/21249 (13:33:21)
03-02-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 256 )


SB 179   
Johnson, Blake (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Requires each fire protection district to maintain an accurate fire protection district map that is certified by the proper local official; establishes guidelines and standards for the map; requires regular maintenance to assist the 911 Board.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 382 )


SB 181   
Garner, Trent (R)
McCollum, Austin (R)
Includes listed electronic devices, including laptops and computer accessories, in the annual school supplies sales tax holiday.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 944 )


SB 183   
Ingram, Keith (D)
McCullough, Tippi (D)
Prohibits a candidate or office holder from using campaign funds or carryover funds to pay a fine imposed by the Arkansas Ethics Commission; use of such funds to pay an ethics fine shall be deemed as taking campaign funds as personal income.
Bill History: 03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 324 )


SB 184   
Irvin, Missy (R) Repeals the Arkansas Pawnbroker Act.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:51:56)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 491 )


SB 194   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Milligan, Jon (R)
Expands the Freedom of Information Act to permit copying public documents by taking a photograph of them.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 310 )


SB 196   
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Milligan, Jon (R)
In Freedom of Information Act enforcement actions, provides that the plaintiff may be awarded attorney's fees and litigation expenses if he or she, after filing suit, has obtained a significant or material portion of the requested public information.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
04-05-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 572 )


SB 240   
Wallace, David (R)
Coleman, Bruce (R)
Redefines 'nonmunicipal domestic sewage treatment works' to exclude public facility boards and public water authorities along with cities, towns and counties.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-18-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 441 )


SB 244   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Amends the definition of 'instructional materials' for the purposes of the sales tax exemption for schools to include equipment required to make use of the materials.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 914 )


SB 248   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Payton, John (R)
Creates the Food Freedom Act, exempting homemade food and drink products produced in compliance with provisions of the act and not potentially hazardous from licensure, certification and inspection.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1040 )


SB 254   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Provides that a firm, person or corporation is not liable for penalties for Health Dept. violations due to the behavior of a patron or customer during the COVID-19 emergency, nor is there a requirement to regulate the behavior of a patron or customer.
Bill History: 03-10-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-11-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Law without signature (Act: 401 )


SB 262   
Hester, Bart (R)
Eaves, Les (R)
Changes the composition of the licensing committee for solid waste management facilities; makes operator licenses valid for two years rather than one year.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 773 )


SB 263   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Furman, Tony (R)
Adds cable, telecommunication, and broadband service providers to provisions authorizing utilities to attach signs to poles. Authorizes a municipality to allow flag attachments on city-owned poles by ordinance.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-16-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 377 )


SB 289   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Smith, Brandt (R)
Ensures a right of conscience for all healthcare institutions, healthcare payers and medical practitioners, prohibiting discrimination based on medical decisions made due to religious, moral, ethical or philosophical principles with limited exceptions.
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 6)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 462 )


SB 290   
Leding, Greg (D)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to ensure that the cost-sharing requirement under a health benefit plan that is applicable to a diagnostic examination for breast cancer is no less favorable than the requirement applicable to a screening examination.
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 553 )


SB 292   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Berry, Mark (R)
Creates the Public Safety Equipment Grant Program to award grants to law enforcement agencies and detention centers for training and equipment including body cameras, de-escalation training, pepper spray, rubber bullets, more.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 786 )


SB 299   
English, Jane (R) Amends provisions relating to the disclosure of confidential Division of Workforce Services records, adding informed consent disclosures to a third party. Exempts the information from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 649 )


SB 302   
Ingram, Keith (D)
Perry, Mark (D)
Includes municipally operated law enforcement training academies in provisions governing the reimbursement for training costs or expenses by employing agencies.
Bill History: 03-09-21 H [H] 20210309/-1/21304 (14:34:21)
03-09-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 325 )


SB 305   
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Holcomb, Mike (R)
Raises the threshold for required observation by registered professionals for public property projects from $25,000 to $50,000 and from $35,000 to $50,000 for other award procedures; sets forth procedures for emergency contracts.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:58:59)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 81/N: 6)
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 440 )


SB 306   
Clark, Alan (R) Permits a person with a license to carry a concealed handgun to carry a concealed weapon in a municipally owned or maintained park or another similar municipal recreational property except those containing a football field, baseball field, etc.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 9)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 638 )


SB 309   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Redefines 'persons at high risk for colorectal cancer' to include individuals over 45 with any family history of colorectal cancer; states that a covered person shall not be subject to a deductible, coinsurance or cost-sharing requirement for screening.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 779 )


SB 334   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Places restrictions on the use of eminent domain by state agencies and introduces numerous definitions to existing relevant laws.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 2)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 945 )


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 341   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Prohibits some public employers from recognizing a labor union or other public employee association as a bargaining agent of public employees. Exempts local governments, firefighters, law enforcement, and public transit employees.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 21/N: 6)
04-06-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 612 )


SB 346   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Beck, Rick (R)
Revises provisions for counties and sheriff's offices' use of audiovisual media in criminal investigations and the maintenance of those criminal investigation records. Allows public entities to charge for fulfilling FOIA requests for audio/visual media.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 1)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 778 )


SB 353   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Authorizes persons who are sentenced to be incarcerated to receive a complete compilation of outstanding warrants, summons, and pending misdemeanor cases and to petition for resolution of those offenses. Creates a related Task Force.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1048 )


SB 378   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Requires plans for the distribution and use of unanticipated discretionary federal emergency funds to undergo legislative review prior to expenditure.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)
03-22-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 446 )


SB 379   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Authorizes the General Assembly to vote to deny renewal of statewide public health disaster emergencies after 60 days by concurrent resolution in committee of the whole, more.
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-16-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 403 )


SB 383   
Tucker, Clarke (D) Requires the Ethics Commission to establish the maximum maximum contribution that may be accepted by a candidate during an election using current adjustment procedures, from a base amount of $2,000 as of January 1, 2015.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 3)
03-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 384 )


SB 384   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Limits the total aggregate amount of contributions made to a candidate during an election and applies the limitation to a candidate seeking more than one office or one who concludes or otherwise withdraws from a campaign.
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 3)
03-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 385 )


SB 386   
Clark, Alan (R)
Love, Fred (D)
Creates additional oversight and regulations for retail water providers, with certain providers exempt. Provides for fiscal distress reporting and creates an advisory training board to oversee additional training for provider board members.
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 2)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-07-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 605 )


SB 416   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Breaux, Harlan (R)
Provides for funding for a new municipality that is incorporated during a census year to be calculated based on the most recent census as calculated by the Ark. Geographic Information Systems Office.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-18-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 438 )


SB 426   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Makes technical corrections to provisions of Title 7.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 468 )


SB 427   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Makes technical corrections to provisions of Title 8.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 469 )


SB 433   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Makes technical corrections to provisions of Title 16.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 475 )


SB 446   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Specifies that health insurance plans under 23-61-1001 et seq. are included in Act 97 of 2021 and as used in the regulation of step therapy protocols.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 645 )


SB 454   
Johnson, Mark (R) Requires bid solicitation for all contracts of a municipal sewer committee, removing the current bid threshold of $20,000 for public improvements undertaken by those committees.
Bill History: 03-22-21 H [H] 20210322/-1/21386 (13:57:26)
03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 2)
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 432 )


SB 456   
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Fite, Lanny (R)
Increases procurement bidding thresholds for purchases and contracts of cities and counties; provides for adjusting thresholds based on the Consumer Price Index at five-year intervals. Amends provisions for specific commodities purchases.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (15:11:44)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 15)
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 435 )


SB 479   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Collins, Andrew (D)
Authorizes restaurants to expand outdoor dining without approval from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division if the expansion is approved by the local government zoning authority.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-13-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 705 )


SB 486   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Brown, Karilyn (R)
Prohibits a person from entering or remaining in an area within 100 feet of the primary exterior entrance to a building where voting is taking place except for a person entering or leaving the building for lawful purposes.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H [H] 20210413/-1/21555 (14:47:29)
04-14-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 723 )


SB 487   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Wing, Carlton (R)
Removes county clerks from the process of designating and certifying voter centers.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 2)
04-14-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 729 )


SB 488   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Creates an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act for voted ballots for copying purposes until 30 days after the certification of an election by a county; the exemption does not apply to poll watchers as long as secrecy is maintained.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 71/N: 21)
04-14-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 727 )


SB 489   
Davis, Breanne (R)
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.
Companions:
HB 1662 Maddox, John (Same As)
  3-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 404)
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 894 )


SB 490   
Garner, Trent (R) Extends provisions barring persons found guilty of or pleading guilty to a public trust crime from running for or holding a constitutional office to include municipal offices and county offices.
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-31-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 540 )


SB 494   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Extends qualified immunity from tort liability to law enforcement agencies for institutions of higher education.
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 10)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 627 )


SB 496   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Hawks, Spencer (R)
Makes various changes to election law with regard to the dates special elections are held.
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 9)
04-05-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 610 )


SB 498   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Wing, Carlton (R)
Directs a county board of election commissioners that receives a written complaint concerning any election law violation or irregularity to send the complaint to the State Board or Election Commissioners, rather than the county clerk and prosecutor.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 79/N: 9)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 952 )


SB 506   
Tucker, Clarke (D) Prohibits a current member of a public facilities board from having a position on the governing body of the municipality or county that created the board.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 1)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 943 )


SB 528   
Sample, Bill (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Requires the Dept. of Finance and Administration to provide reports to counties and cities containing data on sales tax rebates and credits awarded for local sales and use tax rebates, and for purchased property used in construction contracts.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 2)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 776 )


SB 535   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Ray, David (R)
Prohibits state agencies from compelling persons or nonprofit entities to divulge personal or membership-related information; prohibits state agencies from releasing or publicly disclosing personal information in their possession.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 1)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1021 )


SB 537   
Flippo, Scott (R) Sets the maximum amount of fines that may be imposed for a violation of the mandatory seat belt law at $45, which includes any local levy or fine.
Bill History: 04-15-21 H [H] 20210415/-1/21587 (15:13:35)
04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 4)
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 784 )


SB 548   
Johnson, Blake (R)
Nicks, Milton (D)
Requires a municipality to levy volunteer fire department dues upon petition of a majority of voters from the previous general election, dispensing with any special election.
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 642 )


SB 549   
Clark, Alan (R)
Hawks, Spencer (R)
Requires a county board of election commissioners to create reports with detailed information regarding provisional and rejected ballots for each election. Requires the State Board of Election Commissioners to make the reports publicly available.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1022 )


SB 553   
Johnson, Mark (R)
Payton, John (R)
Prohibits the removal, relocation, alteration, destruction or vandalism of any monument on public property commemorating historical persons or events; creates criminal penalties according to the value of the property and the cost of repair.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Emergency clause adopted (Vote: Y: 27/N: 5)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1003 )


SB 555   
Clark, Alan (R) Removes the requirements than an employee who carries a firearm in their car in their employer's parking lot must have a concealed carry license and store the firearm in a locked box.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 4)
04-20-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 809 )


SB 573   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Underwood, Kendon (R)
Authorizes the licensed carry of concealed handguns in any building owned or operated by a county, municipal, or other governmental entity, and in which alcohol is not regularly served and handguns are not otherwise prohibited under 5-73-122.
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 6)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1024 )


SB 581   
Johnson, Mark (R) Allows former mayors of any city of the first or second class who served at least five years as mayor to solemnize marriages.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 1)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 898 )


SB 582   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Amends various provisions for county election commissioners related to eligibility, conflicts of interest and prohibited campaign activities, and training.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1051 )


SB 585   
Wallace, David (R) Establishes numerous criteria for contractors and contract administrators in agreements concerning the collection, recovery, reuse and disposal of electronic waste; sets forth contractor eligibility and program promotion requirements.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 839 )


SB 590   
Garner, Trent (R) Ends the face covering requirement that was issued through executive order and extended until March 31, 2021. Prohibits state agencies, local governements and local officials from mandating the use of a face covering.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Emergency clause failed
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1002 )


SB 602   
Irvin, Missy (R) Revises the definitions of craniofacial anomaly and associated reconstructive surgery regarding medical care coverage; makes provisions for the review of requests for mandated coverage and prior authorization.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 955 )


SB 610   
Flippo, Scott (R)
McCollum, Austin (R)
Requires specific statements in any required newspaper publication made by a county or municipality; statement must include which public entity paid for the required publication and the amount paid.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 2)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 954 )


SB 614   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Requires paid canvassers to be residents of the state and U.S. citizens; prohibits compensation for canvassers that is based on the number of signatures collected.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 951 )


SB 615   
Garner, Trent (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Prohibits state and local authorities from using a vaccine passport (meaning documentation that an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for or recovered from the virus) as a condition of entry, travel, employment, etc.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Passed
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1030 )


SB 617   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Places various restrictions and disclosure requirements on certain pharmacies, physicians or other licensed prescribers who utilize out-of-state pharmacies and common carriers for deliveries; prohibits data mining, requires ownership disclosure; more.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1053 )


SB 622   
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Authorizes the state to pursue delayed release of a person who has committed a serious felony in which the victim was purposely selected because they belong to a specific group or class of shared characteristics.
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Motion to return to committee failed (Vote: N: 34/Y: 61)
04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 65/N: 26)
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 681 )


SB 637   
Irvin, Missy (R) Transfers administration of the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 901 )


SB 639   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Cloud, Joe (R)
Requires health benefit plans offered, issued or renewed in Arkansas to provide coverage for off-label use of drug treatments to treat patients who are diagnosed with PANS or PANDAS.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1054 )


SB 643   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Requires that absentee ballots be delivered to the physical office of the county clerk of the county of residence of the voter by the time the clerk's office closes; changes the time of closure from the day before the election to the Friday before.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 65/N: 25)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Law without signature (Act: 973 )


SB 644   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Authorizes Joint Performance Review to investigate and refer alleged election law violations of election officials to the State Board of Election Commissioners; authorizes the Board to decertify officials and take over and conduct a county's election.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 73/N: 17)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Law without signature (Act: 974 )


SB 647   
Dismang, Jonathan (R) Requires annual audits for water and sewer services systems with 2,000 service connections, an increase over the current minimum numbers that trigger various audits.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 1)
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 907 )


SB 669   
Wallace, David (R) Authorizes a municipality to adopt an ordinance or regulation that governs the proper design, construction, installation, maintenance and operation of sewage disposal systems; financial planning and operation of such systems; etc.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 906 )


SB 686   
Eads, Lance (R)
Haak, Delia (R)
Authorizes municipal airports and regional airport authorities to regulate and impose tolls and fees on peer-to-peer car-sharing programs.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 67/N: 21)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1042 )


SB 689   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Beck, Rick (R)
Authorizes municipal electric utilities to issue bonds to pay costs associated with severe storms if the Public Service Commission has previously adopted a financing order that allows for the issuance of bonds for the storm, or following a request.
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 903 )


SB 699   
Johnson, Mark (R) Requires the Secretary of State to develop a new electronic reporting system for campaign contributions, campaign expenditure reports, etc. that meets stated requirements with regard to filing, distribution and format.
Bill History: 04-28-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-28-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1029 )


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