ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Labor and Employment / UI
05-05-2021 - 16:18:33

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Track: Labor & Employment / UI   Request Date: 0- 0-0000 thru 99-99-9999

HB 1049   
Jett, Joe (R) Provides for recipients of unemployment benefits to request that the payments be subject to income tax withholding. Requires approval by the U.S. Labor Secretary and notification by the Workforce Services Director that required systems are ready.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-17-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
02-09-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-09-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-10-21 H Reported from committee - Do Pass as Amended No. 1 ation ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-10-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H [H] 20210222/-1/21165 (13:23:43)
02-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-22-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
03-03-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation
03-03-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Revenue and Taxation
03-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-21 S On floor for consideration
03-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 283 )


HB 1192   
Gray, Michelle (R) Amends the Division of Workforce Services Law to classify personal care services for a certified home- and community-based health services provider as employment rather than independent contracting.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-14-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-09-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-09-21 H Committee motion to amend carried
02-09-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Committee motion to amend carried
04-06-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed (Vote: Y: 9/N: 6)
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1212   
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Authorizes the director of the Department of Workforce Services to noncharge unemployment benefits paid, including retroactively to April 2020, to the separate account of each employer if the benefits paid are the result of declared disasters.
Position: Our Package
Bill History: 01-19-21 H Filed
01-19-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-03-21 H [H] 20210203/-1/21077 (13:25:30)
02-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 98/N: 0)
02-03-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-03-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-22-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-23-21 S Motion to suspend rules to place on calendar carried
02-23-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-23-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-23-21 S Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S Meeting set for 4:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-25-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
02-25-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 153 )


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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-21-21 H Filed
01-21-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-28-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-28-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-01-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-01-21 H [H] 20210201/-1/21052 (13:28:34)
02-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
02-01-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-04-21 S On floor for consideration
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 1349   
Warren, Les (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Establishes the Every Arkansan Retirement Plan Opportunity, a multiple-employer voluntary retirement savings plan for eligible employees of participating eligible employers as defined.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-29-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to Joint Retirement
03-08-21 H Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...Joint Retirement
03-08-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended No. 1 ...Joint Retirement
03-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-21 H [H] 20210310/-1/21305 (13:21:35)
03-10-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 3)
03-10-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
03-11-21 S On floor for consideration
03-11-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 9/Y: 15)
03-11-21 S Clincher motion failed
03-11-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 11/Y: 17)
04-20-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-20-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 19/N: 14)
04-22-21 S Motion to sound ballot carried
04-22-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 14/Y: 17)
04-22-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-26-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-26-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Passed over on calendar


HB 1366   
Penzo, Clint (R) Creates a Rapback Program to identify service provider employees who have committed disqualifying offenses after satisfying background check requirements.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-01-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1407   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hill, Ricky (R)
Sets the stabilization tax under Workforce Services Law as the lesser of either the amount as currently determined or .02 percent, effective for calendar year 2022.
Position: Our Package
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-21 H [H] 20210303/-1/21272 (13:36:03)
03-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-03-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 S On floor for consideration
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: 369 )


HB 1409   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hill, Ricky (R)
Sets the taxable wage base for Workforce Services Law as the lesser of either the amount as currently calculated or $10,000, effective for calendar year 2022.
Position: Our Package
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-21 H [H] 20210303/-1/21272 (13:39:04)
03-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
03-03-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 S On floor for consideration
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: 368 )


HB 1520   
Allen, Fred (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Provides that disqualification from an occupational license for certain criminal convictions is waived if the licensee completed the waiver requirements initially or held a license before enactment, whether or not the license had expired.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Filed
02-22-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-21 H Passed over on calendar
03-29-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-29-21 H Passed over on calendar
03-29-21 H Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-31-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-31-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-05-21 H [H] 20210405/-1/21471 (14:19:32)
04-05-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 7)
04-05-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 762 )


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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-16-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 H Amendment 3 adopted
03-29-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H Amendment 4 adopted
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (15:06:20)
04-14-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 1)
04-14-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-14-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S On floor for consideration
04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 21/N: 8)
04-21-21 S Emergency clause failed
04-21-21 S Motion to expunge emergency clause vote carried
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 1553   
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires a licensing entity to grant a license to persons who have completed an apprenticeship in the licensed occupation or profession, provided they have met all other requirements for licensure unrelated to training and education.
Companions:
HB 1875 Bryant, Joshua (Same As)
  4-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 811)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-24-21 H Filed
02-24-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-11-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-15-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-17-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-18-21 H Amendment 3 adopted
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 8/N: 8)
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1570   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Prohibits providing any of a list of gender transition procedures to persons who are gender nonconforming or experiencing gender dysphoria and who are under 18; prohibits public funding and health insurance for such procedures.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Filed
02-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-02-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-07-21 H Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-09-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Carried (Vote: Y: 13/N: 4)
03-09-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-21 H [H] 20210310/-1/21305 (14:06:49)
03-10-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 70/N: 22)
03-10-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 7)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Vetoed by the Governor
04-05-21 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (13:13:45)
04-06-21 H House voted to override veto (Vote: Y: 72/N: 25)
04-06-21 S Senate voted to override veto (Vote: Y: 25/N: 8)


HB 1676   
McCollum, Austin (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Scales back the duration of unemployment compensation benefits in increments as indexed to the current unemployment rate, e.g. 12 times the weekly benefit at 5.5 percent unemployment or less, 16 times at or more than 7 percent unemployment.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-21 H Filed
03-09-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 9/N: 8)
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (13:32:26)
04-20-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 27/Y: 47)
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (14:12:05)
04-20-21 H Motion to expunge vote carried
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Passed over on calendar


HB 1719   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Allows an income tax credit against the income tax for each qualifying former offender employed by the taxpayer for at least 40 hours per week at pay that is at or above the state minimum wage subject to meeting stated requirements.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Filed
03-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-01-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-05-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-05-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-06-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 3 ation ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 3 adopted
04-19-21 S On floor for consideration
04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
04-19-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation
04-21-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1735   
Penzo, Clint (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Provides for the occupational or professional licensure of an individual who fulfills the requirements to practice an occupation or profession in Arkansas and who holds a Federal Form I-766 (commonly known as a work permit).
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Filed
03-15-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-05-21 H [H] 20210405/-1/21471 (14:23:28)
04-05-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 3)
04-05-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 746 )


HB 1765   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Requires the Director of the Division of Workforce Services to adopt internal policies to recover improper unemployment payments, review eligibility requirements, and prevent and detect fraud; provides funding for technology modernization.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 H [H] 20210331/-1/21452 (13:53:49)
03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-31-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-31-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-05-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-05-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-06-21 S On floor for consideration
04-06-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-06-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 667 )


HB 1851   
Wing, Carlton (R) Expands the definition of 'safety sensitive position' with regard to regulations on medical marijuana to include a position involving working with confidential information of an employer or an employer's clients, customers, or others, etc.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Filed
03-31-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
04-14-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules
04-13-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Rules
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Rules
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1871   
Scott, Jamie (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Prohibits discrimination in the workplace, in public schools and in state-supported institutions of higher learning based on traits associated or perceived to be associated with race, including hair texture or a protective hairstyle.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-05-21 H Filed
04-05-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1875   
Bryant, Joshua (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires a licensing entity to grant a license to persons who have completed an apprenticeship in the licensed occupation or profession, provided they have met all other requirements for licensure unrelated to training and education.
Companions:
HB 1553 Bryant, Joshua (Same As)
  4-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Filed
04-06-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H [H] 20210412/-1/21539 (15:00:52)
04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-12-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S On floor for consideration
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: 811 )


HB 1911   
Bryant, Joshua (R) Establishes a pilot program for real-time employment and income data to be used for determining an individual's eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Unemployment benefits.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Filed
04-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-26-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 67   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Services for 2021-2022 operations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-08-21 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
03-02-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-01-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-06-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 ...Joint Budget
04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-14-21 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 7)
04-15-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 770 )


SB 236   
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Jett, Joe (R)
Exempts from income tax 2020 and 2021 unemployment compensation benefits paid from federal unemployment funds or from Title IV of the Social Security Act.
Position: Support
Bill History: 01-28-21 S Filed
01-28-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
02-03-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Revenue and Taxation
02-03-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Revenue and Taxation
02-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-04-21 S On floor for consideration
02-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-04-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-04-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
02-09-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-09-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-09-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ation ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-10-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H [H] 20210222/-1/21165 (13:25:14)
02-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 2)
02-22-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
02-24-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 154 )


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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Filed
02-08-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-21 S On floor for consideration
03-02-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-02-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (14:33:10)
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 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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-22-21 S Filed
02-22-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-21 S Amendment 1 withdrawn
03-04-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-08-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-09-21 S On floor for consideration
03-09-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 6)
03-09-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-18-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H [H] 20210322/-1/21386 (13:58:35)
03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 62/N: 22)
03-22-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1 & 2
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 381   
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Clowney, Nicole (D)
Declares that a commercial background check website that publicly displays incorrect background information about a person is liable for a cause of action by that person if the website does not remove the information upon request.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Filed
02-23-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-16-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-16-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S On floor for consideration
03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 0)
03-17-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-07-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-07-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-08-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H Re-referred to committee H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (14:44:00)
04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
04-27-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Motion to suspend rules to place on calendar carried
04-27-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1045 )


SB 417   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Richmond, Marcus (R)
Exempts felonies related to the regulation of business practices from the prohibition against felons possessing firearms.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Filed
03-01-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-10-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ...S-Judiciary
03-11-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-11-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-15-21 S On floor for consideration
03-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 2)
03-15-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
03-17-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-18-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (14:45:16)
04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
04-06-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-State Agencies
04-07-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
04-07-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 631 )


SB 491   
English, Jane (R) Makes various changes to apprenticeship programs and program sponsors. Creates a State Electrical Apprenticeship Committee of the Career Education and Workforce Development Board.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-21 S Filed
03-08-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-17-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
03-17-21 S Meeting cancelled for 03/17/21 ...S-Education
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-29-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (14:19:41)
04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 647 )


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


SB 539   
Davis, Breanne (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Creates a process for an employer to recoup overpayment of wages by providing written notice to the employee and deducting at most 20 percent of gross wages per pay period.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-21 S Filed
03-16-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-08-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-09-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S On floor for consideration
04-15-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 13)


SB 547   
Garner, Trent (R)
Ray, David (R)
Exempts a direct seller as defined in IRS code from employment laws including the Minimum Wage Act, Worker's Compensation Law, and the Division of Workforce Services Law.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-21 S Filed
03-16-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-29-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-31-21 S On floor for consideration
03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
03-31-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (15:01:02)
04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 0)
04-20-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-22-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 947 )


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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-21 S Filed
03-16-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-17-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-17-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 6)
03-18-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Judiciary
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
03-31-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Judiciary
04-01-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-05-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
04-05-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
04-06-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H [H] 20210407/-1/21496 (14:22:17)
04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Judiciary
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
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 600   
Leding, Greg (D) Requires employers to provide new hires with written notification regarding normal hours, agreed upon wages and pay schedules. Adds requirements for payroll process and unconditional payment of wages due in case of a dispute; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-21 S Filed
03-29-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


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.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Filed
03-31-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 8)
04-20-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
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 627   
Garner, Trent (R) Places limitations on the content of state agency employee training based on a given definition of divisive concepts. Applies a provision to all contracts that requires a statement by the contractor that they will abstain from certain training concepts.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-01-21 S Filed
04-01-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
04-06-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
04-06-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-State Agencies
04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-08-21 S Passed over on calendar
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-21-21 S Motion to suspend rules to place on second reading carried
04-21-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-21-21 S Re-referred to committee S-State Agencies
04-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 20/N: 6)
04-22-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
04-26-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H [H] 20210427/-1/21702 (14:45:31)
04-27-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 19)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Law without signature (Act: 1100 )


SB 665   
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Places limitations on the enforcement of covenant not to compete agreements and narrows the definition of the protectable business interest of the employer.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-09-21 S Filed
04-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-19-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Insurance and Commerce


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