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HB 1006   
Allen, Fred (D)
Teague, Larry (D)
Creates enhanced penalties for the offense of abuse of public trust, creating Class B and C felonies for amounts over $5,000. Reducting to a misdemeanor amounts less than $500. Applies offense to pesons elected but not yet occupying office.
Companions:
SB 85 Teague, Larry (Identical)
  2- 1-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171, S-Judiciary
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 431 )


HB 1010   
Sabin, Warwick (D)
Ingram, Keith (D)
Adds PAC contribution reports, exploratory committee reports, independent expenditure and personal loan reports to the list of campaign finance reports that the Secretary of State is required to publish and post on his or her website.
Companions:
SB 4 Ingram, Keith (Identical)
  1-25-17 S Meeting cancelled for 01/26/17, S-State Agencies
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 616 )


HB 1015   
Gray, Michelle (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Provides that municipalities of the second class are not required to ensure that voters in a local election have a voting precinct in each ward, but only if the county board of election commissioners has established vote centers.
Bill History: 02-22-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-01-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 300 )


HB 1023   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Authorizes municipal officers to take oaths of office in front of clerks in cities of the first class and recorders in cities of the second class cities and incorporated towns.
Bill History: 02-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 138 )


HB 1026   
House, Douglas (R) Extends the 120-day deadline for promulgating rules to govern medical marijuana to 180 days, and extends the deadline for accepting dispensary applications from June 1 to July 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Bill History: 01-19-17 S Emergency clause adopted
01-19-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
01-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 4 )


HB 1047   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
To amend the constitution to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Bill History: 03-20-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-20-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.2
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 633 )


HB 1049   
House, Douglas (R)
Standridge, Greg (R)
Authorizes the Medical Marijuana Commission, ABC and the Health Dept. to determine whether a previous offense is a felony, for purposes of considering an applicant for licensure.
Bill History: 03-01-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 4)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 544 )


HB 1057   
House, Douglas (R)
Standridge, Greg (R)
Specifies procedures for criminal background checks conducted for the purposes of licensure for various positions related to medical marijuana.
Bill History: 03-01-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 545 )


HB 1084   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Treasurer of the State for state turnback to counties and municipalities.
Bill History: 01-30-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
01-30-17 S Emergency clause adopted
02-03-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 91 )


HB 1115   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Files, Jake (R)
Authorizes cities, towns, sewerage districts, water districts, sewer associations, water associations, utility gas systems, and counties to enact regulations allowing the entity to review plumbing plans.
Bill History: 02-09-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-09-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
02-14-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 157 )


HB 1126   
Collins, Charlie (R) Exempts civil actions arising from the employer-employee relationship from the general hate offense provision of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993; specifies damages that may be awarded from retaliation and interference claims by employees.
Bill History: 02-14-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 2)
02-17-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 191 )


HB 1146   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Allows public entities to enter into agreements with private entities for document recording purposes as they relate to the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.
Bill History: 02-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 140 )


HB 1148   
Tosh, Dwight (R) Sets a maximum distance of 3 miles for ATVs traveling on public highways in order to get from one off-road trail to another or to travel from an off-road trail to the ATV owner's private property.
Bill History: 02-20-17 S On floor for consideration
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 4)
02-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 272 )


HB 1162   
Fite, Charlene (R)
English, Jane (R)
Increase Medicaid Program allocations; exempts military retirement benefits from income tax; applies income tax to unemployment benefits; applies sales tax to digital downloads; increases tax on candy and soft drinks; lowers tax on soft drink syrup.
Companions:
SB 120 English, Jane (Identical)
  2- 7-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151, H-Revenue and Taxation
Bill History: 02-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 0)
02-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 141 )


HB 1165   
Johnson, Bob (D)
English, Jane (R)
Allows a city council of a city of the first class that includes a defunct voting district to request by ordinance a local option election to permit on-premises consumption of alcohol within the defunct district.
Bill History: 02-06-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-06-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 1)
02-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 144 )


HB 1172   
Tosh, Dwight (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Creates sentencing enhancements for all criminal convictions in which the victim was targeted on the basis of being a law enforcement officer, first responder, or family member thereof.
Bill History: 02-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-27-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-03-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 332 )


HB 1198   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hendren, Jim (R)
Expands the eligible offenses for which an out-of-state law enforcement officer may pursue a subject into Arkansas to include driving while intoxicated.
Bill History: 03-01-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-01-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 0)
03-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 400 )


HB 1199   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hendren, Jim (R)
Provides for automatic annexation of parks owned by cities with a population between 15,000 and 18,000.
Bill History: 02-15-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-15-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-17-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 192 )


HB 1201   
Ballinger, Bob (R) Adds an additional department in Green Forest to the Third Judicial District of the state.
Bill History: 02-15-17 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
02-15-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
02-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 172 )


HB 1206   
Hillman, David (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Requires that state law preempt any local law concerning the management and use of seeds.
Bill History: 02-08-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-10-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 156 )


HB 1219   
Williams, Jeff (R) Requires the town council of an incorporated town to elect a recorder-treasurer to serve the unexpired term. when a vacancy occurs.
Bill History: 02-07-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-13-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 171 )


HB 1220   
Williams, Jeff (R) Authorizes cities and towns to accept competitive bids in an electronic format.
Bill History: 02-07-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-13-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 170 )


HB 1221   
Sabin, Warwick (D) Deletes the condition that sales by charitable organizations be made to purchasers with the dominant motive of contributing to the organization in order for the sales to be tax exempt.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 665 )


HB 1224   
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Sample, Bill (R)
Prohibits a candidate from running for election to more than one district or township office if the elections are to be held on the same date.
Bill History: 02-08-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-14-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 158 )


HB 1229   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the State Treasurer for City-County Tourist Facilities as required by the City-County Tourist Meeting and Entertainment Facilities Assistance Law.
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
03-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 522 )


HB 1231   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the State Treasurer for Animal Rescue Shelters.
Bill History: 02-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-02-17 S Emergency clause adopted
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 137 )


HB 1232   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the State Treasurer for local sales and use tax refunds.
Bill History: 02-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-02-17 S Emergency clause adopted
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 135 )


HB 1236   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Exempts records that depict the death of law enforcement officers from disclosure under FOIA.
Companions:
SB 152 Johnson, Blake (Identical)
  3- 8-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171, S-Judiciary
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-13-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 531 )


HB 1249   
Collins, Charlie (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Authorizes persons with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in previously prohibited places, including universities, bars, courtrooms and public buildings.
Bill History: 03-15-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.5
03-15-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.7
03-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 562 )


HB 1251   
Walker, John (D) Provides for the state to opt-out from the federal law that denies public assistance based on a drug-related felony conviction.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 566 )


HB 1258   
Gillam, Jeremy (R)
Rice, Terry (R)
Reduces the service requirement for nonstate and state employee trustees serving on the Board of Trustees of APERS from 10 to 5 years and prohibits them from being a retired member; allows the Governor to fill vacancies in the Board.
Bill History: 02-23-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-23-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.2
03-01-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 311 )


HB 1267   
Fite, Lanny (R) Makes various revisions to the procedures governing the waste tire program and the recordkeeping and incentives governing the recycle of used tires.
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 1)
03-02-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 317 )


HB 1285   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the State Highway and Transportation Department for operations.
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
03-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 523 )


HB 1317   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Local Government (Title 14; Technical Corrections)
Bill History: 02-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 260 )


HB 1319   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Public Utilities (Title 23; Technical Corrections)
Bill History: 02-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-27-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-03-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 334 )


HB 1322   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Public Finance (Title 19; Technical Corrections)
Bill History: 02-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 263 )


HB 1353   
Nicks, Milton (D) Grants incorporated towns the authority to remove unsightly or dangerous buildings in the same manner as cities of the first and second class.
Bill History: 02-22-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-22-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-01-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 303 )


HB 1354   
Nicks, Milton (D) Specifies that when district court clerks are employed by 2 or more cities or counties at the same time, the employing cities or counties must make a written agreement specifying expense apportionment and handbook policies governing the clerk.
Bill History: 02-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
02-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 323 )


HB 1356   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Makes technical corrections to Title 7 concerning elections.
Bill History: 02-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 256 )


HB 1368   
Baltz, Scott (D) Requires public safety members who purchase service credit from APERS to pay the same rate as a member who is not a public safety member.
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 437 )


HB 1369   
House, Douglas (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Deletes earmark language from the Medical Marijuana Amendment and Directs all Amendment 98 sales tax revenue to the Medical Marijuana Implementation and Operations Fund to be considered for legislative redirection to workforce education.
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Rules
03-21-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 670 )


HB 1370   
House, Douglas (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Prohibits medical marijuana advertising, artwork and displays from using designs that attract children.
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 1)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 640 )


HB 1384   
Holcomb, Mike (R) Authorizes a business the leases heavy equipment to charge a recovery fee of 1.25 percent to be designated for payment of business property taxes.
Bill History: 03-01-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-01-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 18/N: 6)
03-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 394 )


HB 1385   
Lemons, Tim (R) Allows auxiliary law enforcement officers to purchase blue lights or blue lens caps for vehicles.
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-06-17 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Judiciary
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 439 )


HB 1401   
Gillam, Jeremy (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Creates an exemption from ethics laws for food, beverages and items provided to a public official by the host of a civic/social organization's meeting. Exempts an event of a recognized political party that invites all party members of either chamber.
Bill History: 02-22-17 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Rules
02-23-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-01-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 312 )


HB 1422   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Makes technical corrections to Title 16 concerning courts.
Bill History: 02-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 253 )


HB 1423   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Makes technical corrections to Title 12 concerning law enforcement, emergency management, and military affairs.
Bill History: 02-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 250 )


HB 1427   
Della Rosa, Jana (R) Requires electronic filing of campaign finance and candidate reports with the Secretary of State.
Bill History: 02-27-17 S On floor for consideration
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
03-02-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 318 )


HB 1430   
Tosh, Dwight (R) Makes various changes and technical revisions to provisions concerning law enforcement standards and training.
Bill History: 03-08-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 497 )


HB 1431   
Tosh, Dwight (R) Requires any new law enforcement agency, or law enforcement agency up for reactivation, to be specifically approved by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 378 )


HB 1451   
Drown, Trevor (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Prohibits a member of the Arkansas National Guard or the United States Military from being considered a designated caregiver or qualifying patient for medical marijuana purposes.
Bill History: 03-08-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 479 )


HB 1460   
Wing, Carlton (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Prohibits a cause of action from being established against an employer who acted with a good faith belief that a qualifying patient employee was under the influence of marijuana while on the workplace premises.
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 3)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 593 )


HB 1467   
Blake, Charles (D) Allows the address of an individual that is on file with a county assessor to be used as the address to which a notice of code violation may be sent.
Bill History: 03-08-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 495 )


HB 1477   
Williams, Jeff (R) Requires chief executives of 911 operators to designate a 911 addressing authority to create and maintain a street centerline and address point data in a geographic information system format.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 663 )


HB 1483   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Transportation (Title 27; Technical Corrections)
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-06-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 448 )


HB 1484   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Economic Development (Title 15; Technical Corrections)
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 374 )


HB 1513   
Holcomb, Mike (R) Revises the definition of “eligible structure” under the Asbestos Abatement Grant Program, Increases the maximum population for grant eligibility to 50,000, and limits the cost of activities undertaken for the property using grant money.
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Passed over on calendar
03-06-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 0)
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 456 )


HB 1519   
House, Douglas (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Changes the Medical Marijuana Amendment to place the Medical Marijuana Commission within the Department of Finance and Administration.
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 638 )


HB 1532   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires a nominating convention and a certificate of nomination from a newly formed political party to be held and filed no later than noon on the date of the first preferential primary election after the party's formation.
Bill History: 02-22-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 2)
02-28-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 297 )
03-01-17 G Passed over on calendar


HB 1541   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Requires a person to be removed from a sex offender registry upon receipt of adequate proof that the offender has died.
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 382 )


HB 1553   
Baltz, Scott (D)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Places a moratorium on the construction of new public safety answering points until July 1, 2020.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-15-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 574 )


HB 1593   
Collins, Charlie (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Extends the provision allowing local exchange carriers to relinquish their designation as eligible telecommunications carriers in certain multi-carrier areas to all areas where the Public Service Commission has designated multiple eligible carriers.
Bill History: 03-01-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-01-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 419 )


HB 1637   
Richey, Chris (D) Authorizes the remaining members of a metropolitan port authority board to fill the vacancy for a new term when the remaining term goes unfilled by the local governing body.
Bill History: 03-08-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 494 )


HB 1645   
Bragg, Ken (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Authorizes municipal sewage system contracts to be design-build contracts or general contractor construction management projects.
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 627 )


HB 1655   
Davis, Andy (R) Adds an exception to the rule that prohibits annexation of land near the boundaries of Pinnacle State Park, allowing the land to be annexed if it contains a public or private school.
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-13-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 536 )


HB 1669   
Bragg, Ken (R) Repeals the special landfill disposal fees that were imposed to support computer and electronic equipment recycling program, and the process for distributing those funds.
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 624 )


HB 1703   
Johnson, Bob (D)
English, Jane (R)
Requires municipalities making ordinances in compliance with the restrictions on property use within 5 miles of an Air Force base to be specifically consistent with the recommendations in the Air Installation Compatible Zone Use Study for LRAFB.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Passed over on calendar
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 602 )


HB 1716   
Richmond, Marcus (R) Authorizing the Department of Environmental Quality to waive fees and authorize short-term activities of governing entities during emergencies that may affect compliance with Arkansas water quality standards.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 585 )


HB 1719   
Fite, Lanny (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Allows property owners to petition local governments for financial audit of an improvement district, to fill vacancies, or to set meeting locations. Authorizes county judge or mayor to appoint an administrator if all seats are perpetually vaca
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 623 )


HB 1724   
Magie, Steve (D)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires the insurance CPT codes used for reimbursement of digital mammography services to be the codes listed in the most recent annual edition of the Current Procedural Terminology published by the American Medical Association.
Bill History: 03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-08-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 500 )


HB 1732   
Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Amends the Local Government Bond Act of 1985, approved by Amendment 62, to reflect language in Amendment 97 that authorizes local governments to fund economic development projects, land and infrastructure for industries.
Bill History: 03-13-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-13-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 533 )


HB 1736   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Restricts the required reporting of the loss of public funds to Legislative Audit to losses that amount to $1,000 or more in a calendar year.
Bill History: 03-08-17 S On floor for consideration
03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 1)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 498 )


HB 1744   
Capp, Sarah (R) Requires wineries making direct shipments to consumers to source the collection of sales taxes to the purchaser's delivery address.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 673 )


HB 1792   
Williams, Jeff (R) Requires all ballot stubs to be delivered to the county board of election commissioners; requires the board to store ballot stubs alongside the ballots and certificates that are currently stored for two years.
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 621 )


HB 1813   
Hillman, David (R) Requires employers to promptly provide reasonably necessary medical treatment to employees who are exposed to rabies.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 658 )


HB 1841   
Johnson, Bob (D) Changes the verification requirements on petitions for annexation by 100% petition; requires verification of the petitioner's identities and property owner status to be made by certified abstractor or surveyor rather than the county clerk or assessor.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-15-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 567 )


HB 1852   
Shepherd, Matthew (R) Amends the salary amounts for employees of various district courts.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 657 )


HB 1949   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Files, Jake (R)
Requires municipalities surrendering a charter to digitally map the relevant territory; prescribes notice requirements of municipalities making a boundary change.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 655 )


HB 1950   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Files, Jake (R)
Requires annexation, consolidation or detachment actions by a municipality to contain an effective date, in the absence of which the date of the file marks or attestations of the municipal or county clerk or recorder governs.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 653 )


HB 2126   
McGill, George (D)
Bond, Will (D)
Exempts the lease or rental of a keg used to sell beer wholesale by a wholesale manufacturer from sales tax.
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 672 )


HB 2278   
Jett, Joe (R) Applies the sales tax exemption for certain aircraft to in-state aircraft sales.
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Revenue and Taxation
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 595 )


SB 20   
Hendren, Jim (R) Creates an enhanced Class Y felony for aggravated assault, or discharging a firearm with intent to harm, when against a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility.
Bill History: 02-23-17 H On floor for consideration
02-23-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-03-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 367 )


SB 32   
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Dalby, Carol (R)
Requires registered sex offenders attending a ticketed event on a school campus to be the parent or legal guardian of a child attending the school and to be accompanied by a security guard of the same gender as the offender.
Bill History: 02-17-17 H On floor for consideration
02-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
02-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 267 )


SB 42   
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R) Requires the separation of the processes to examine a criminal defendant's fitness to proceed and to examine a defendant's lack of criminal responsibility.
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-06-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 472 )


SB 136   
Hutchinson, Jeremy (R)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Makes various changes to corrections, law enforcement and parole procedures. Creates a protocol for coordinating efforts to intervene when an individual is identified as demonstrating dangerous behavioral health issues, other.
Bill History: 03-07-17 H On floor for consideration
03-07-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 1)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 423 )


SB 143   
Cooper, John (R) Requires that vacancies in the office of city mayor must be filled by special election or special runoff election if the term of the vacancy will be more than one year.
Bill History: 02-14-17 H On floor for consideration
02-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
02-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 163 )


SB 160   
Wallace, David (R) Repeals the Nonprofit Incentive Act of 2005.
Bill History: 02-17-17 H On floor for consideration
02-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 1)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 208 )


SB 164   
Sample, Bill (R) Authorizes the Board of Trustees of the Local Police and Fire Retirement System to promulgate regulations in addition to rules.
Bill History: 02-02-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-02-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 125 )


SB 165   
Sample, Bill (R) Specifies that when no active member of the fire department is available to serve in the fire chief's position on the Board of Trustees of the Firemen's Relief and Pension Fund, that position may be filled by a retired member of the fire department.
Bill History: 02-02-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-02-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 126 )


SB 169   
Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Excludes from the definition of “gift” for purposes of ethics laws the use of rooms that are owned, operated, or otherwise utilized by state agencies or political subdivisions for meetings.
Bill History: 02-17-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 207 )


SB 173   
Johnson, Blake (R)
Tosh, Dwight (R)
Allows the award of a ceremonial pistol to an employee of a state-funded law enforcement training academy killed in the line of duty; specifies that state-funded law enforcement training for certain officials may occur at any state-funded academy.
Bill History: 02-14-17 H On floor for consideration
02-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
02-16-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 183 )


SB 202   
Sample, Bill (R)
Nicks, Milton (D)
Requires members to separate from service when their participation in the APERS Deferred Retirement Option Plan ceases.
Bill History: 03-14-17 H On floor for consideration
03-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 552 )


SB 204   
Sample, Bill (R) Redefines the time at which a member is eligible for participation in the APERS Deferred Retirement Option Plan to the first day of the month following the system's determination that the member is eligible for plan participation.
Bill History: 03-08-17 H On floor for consideration
03-08-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 502 )


SB 222   
Sample, Bill (R) Authorizes a member of a Local Police and Fire Deferred Retirement Option Plan to defer receiving payment at the plan's conclusion and continue with the funds deposited in the plan.
Bill History: 03-17-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 608 )


SB 227   
Rapert, Jason (R) Specifies that all disabled people have the right to be accompanied by a service dog as defined in Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bill History: 03-20-17 H On floor for consideration
03-20-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 652 )


SB 253   
Sample, Bill (R)
Jett, Joe (R)
Increases the maximum allowable claim under the Arkansas historic rehabilitation income tax credit from $125,000 to $400,000 for income-producing properties for projects that start after July 1, 2017.
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment no. 1
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 393 )


SB 256   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Transfers the Arkansas Energy Office to the Department of Environmental Quality.
Bill History: 02-17-17 H On floor for consideration
02-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
02-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 271 )


SB 272   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Sabin, Warwick (D)
Excludes individuals or corporations that purchase electricity from electric utilities and who furnish electricity exclusively to charge battery or plug-in hybrid vehicles from the definition of electric utilities.
Bill History: 02-21-17 H On floor for consideration
02-21-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
02-28-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 285 )


SB 273   
Standridge, Greg (R)
Drown, Trevor (R)
Provides that state inmates that are housed with a county may assist the local political subdivisions in supporting local nonprofits.
Bill History: 03-02-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 68/N: 6)
03-02-17 H Emergency clause adopted
03-09-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 444 )


SB 275   
Irvin, Missy (R) Authorizes highway revenues allocated to cities and counties to be used for the construction of city owned and operated parking lots and sidewalks.
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 607 )


SB 280   
Williams, Eddie Joe (R) Extends animal cruelty and abuse laws to all equines rather than solely to horses.
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 389 )


SB 283   
Johnson, Blake (R)
Speaks, Nelda (R)
Requires checks drawn in connection with the disbursement of funds by a county treasurer to bear the treasurer's manual signature or a mechanical facsimile thereof.
Bill History: 02-23-17 H On floor for consideration
02-23-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
03-03-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 369 )


SB 336   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Baltz, Scott (D)
Revises the authorization for mayors to dispose of real or personal property worth up to $20,000.
Bill History: 03-07-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-07-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 0)
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 470 )


SB 348   
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Repeals the requirement that payments to entities arising from claims against sureties be made through Legislative Audit before reaching the receiving entity.
Bill History: 02-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-28-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 391 )


SB 362   
Eads, Lance (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Repeals the Economic Investment Tax Credit Act; phases in a sales tax exemption on purchases for manufacturing equipment repair; prohibits new retention tax credits from being authorized after June 30, 2017; various other changes to tax incentives.
Bill History: 03-07-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 2)
03-07-17 H Emergency clause adopted
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 465 )


SB 366   
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Hillman, David (R)
Repeals the Arkansas Development Finance Corporation Act and the Arkansas Capital Development Company Act and removes references to corporations and companies creatable under those acts.
Bill History: 03-02-17 H On floor for consideration
03-02-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 426 )


SB 369   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Collins, Charlie (R)
Authorizes non-profit corporations or instrumentalities of the government to practice law as a corporation if their client is a city, county, public school district, a self-funding group of the same, or a self-insurance risk pool of the same.
Bill History: 03-14-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 84/N: 0)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 558 )


SB 370   
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Dalby, Carol (R)
Allows municipalities to impose fines up to $4,000 for repeated violations of ordinances, increased from $1,000 previously.
Bill History: 03-14-17 H On floor for consideration
03-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 6)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 559 )


SB 538   
Maloch, Bruce (D)
Holcomb, Mike (R)
Creates local government provisions that implement the economic development expenditure provisions of Amendment 97.
Bill History: 03-21-17 H On floor for consideration
03-21-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 82/N: 1)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 696 )


SB 581   
Hendren, Jim (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Limits local government appropriations for economic development projects to five percent of the city or county's total unobligated general revenue. Repeals the five percent limitation on the issuance of Amendment 82 bonds.
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-22-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 695 )


SB 668   
Hester, Bart (R) Prohibits local political subdivisions from requiring more from employers than required in federal and state law.
Bill History: 03-20-17 H On floor for consideration
03-20-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 82/N: 1)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 643 )


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