ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
93rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY
05-05-2021 - 16:19:08

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HB 1009    Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Beckham, Charles (R)
Authorizes a public school or an open-enrollment public charter school to distribute excess food to students for consumption on the school campus or at home.
Position: Support
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: 141 )


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.
Position: Support
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 1029    Allen, Fred (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Adds John W. Walker to list of Arkansas civil rights leaders to be emphasized in materials and resources required for the teaching of African-American history in grades K-12 in public schools.
Position: Neutral
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: 259 )


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.
Position: Neutral
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 1097    Wooten, Jim (R) Authorizes the Arkansas Activities Association to create two separate athletic conference systems for public schools and private schools and prohibits open-enrollment public charter schools from participating in a private school system.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 01-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-14-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-06-21 H Set for special order of business on 4/15/21, 10:30 a.m.


HB 1100    Evans, Brian (R)
English, Jane (R)
Adds school personnel and adult volunteers to the list of required reporters under the Child Maltreatment Act; adds an exemption for attorneys who obtain information concerning child maltreatment in the course of providing legal representation.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-31-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1 and 2
04-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 556 )


HB 1101    Evans, Brian (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Increases the number of signatures required to petition a school board to meet in larger districts, changing the number from 50 signatures to one percent of the total electors if that number is greater than 50. Sets upper limit of 200.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 12/Y: 12)
02-23-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried


HB 1102    Evans, Brian (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Changes school board member training requirements, the format of the training requirements report that superintendents submit, and the time by which a school board member my cure a training hour deficiency.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-24-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 182 )


HB 1103    Evans, Brian (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Makes various changes to provisions relating to public school academic facilities and transportation.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 126 )


HB 1104    Evans, Brian (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Removes the requirement that the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education approve the date of a special school election.
Position: Support
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: 85 )


HB 1113    Dotson, Jim (R)
English, Jane (R)
Authorizes school and charter school development uses for land that the Land Commissioner has donated for housing development under the Urban Homestead Act.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-10-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 350 )


HB 1151    Evans, Brian (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to suspend the public school rating system for the 2021-2022 school year due to the disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 3)
02-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 89 )


HB 1157    Tollett, David (R) Increases the teacher's classroom expense deduction from $250 to $500 for individuals, and from $500 to $1,000 for married teachers filing jointly.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 971 )


HB 1169    Tollett, David (R) Authorizes members of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System to receive a described early annuity if they have attained a full year of service credit for the 2020-21 school year and have a combined total of 27 or more years of service.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-22-21 H Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
03-22-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1170    Tollett, David (R) Moves the deadline for teachers to demonstrate proficiency in scientific reading instruction from the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year to the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1171    Tollett, David (R) Authorizes students transferring to a nonresident school district as part of the school choice option to participate in interscholastic activities immediately upon transferring.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-06-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1172    Tollett, David (R) Requires the State Board of Education to give the superintendent and the school board president at least 15 business days' notice before conducting a review of a waiver that was granted following a petition.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 22/N: 5)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 678 )


HB 1173    Tollett, David (R) Modifies qualifications of the Secretary of Education, who must meet the background requirements only if both the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and a deputy commissioner do not meet them.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1175    Boyd, Justin (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Sets the beginning of the filing period for school board positions at 90 days before a general election. Applies § 7-5-207 when a candidate for the local board of a community college is unopposed; removes the ballot fee for those positions.
Position: Support
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: 349 )


HB 1186    Meeks, Stephen (R) Authorizes a student who will turn 5 within 30 days of August 1 of the year in which they are seeking enrollment to enroll in kindergarten with a written request to and approval by the principal.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
02-02-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do not pass H-Education


HB 1188    Meeks, Stephen (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Exempts installation of a security device on property owned by the person monitoring the device from the Private Security Agency, Private Investigator, and School Security Licensing and Credentialing Act.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 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: 660 )


HB 1193    Warren, Les (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Provides a school board with an additional 30 days to fill a vacancy in the event that the vacancy is caused by death.
Position: Support
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: 261 )


HB 1194    Warren, Les (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Authorizes the Commissioner of Education to round the final adjustment for commodity purchase price amounts to the nearest $100.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
03-02-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 262 )


HB 1202    Collins, Andrew (D)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Imposes additional publication requirements on the county boards of election commissioners with regard to election information.
Position: Neutral
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 1218    Lowery, Mark (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Prohibits schools and institutions of higher education from including programs of instruction that present issues of race, gender, political affiliation and classes of people in the provided manners.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 01-27-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-15-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1231    Lowery, Mark (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Reduces state funding to any public school or district that teaches the 1619 Project curriculum by the amount attributable to teaching it and restricts funding for professional development under Enhanced Student Achievement Funding.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-09-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-15-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-15-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1232    Tollett, David (R) Requires educational cooperatives to offer a computer science course that leads to a technical certification, an elective, or other computer science course; addresses computer science programs of study for grades 7 through 12.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-02-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-02-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-02-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1237    Lowery, Mark (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Authorizes the first day of school year to be as early as the Monday two weeks before Labor Day beginning with the 2022-2023 school year; prohibits waivers; provides for implementation of an alternate school calendar.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-08-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-09-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 688 )


HB 1257    Tollett, David (R) Requires school districts to employ at least on person who has completed, or will complete within three years, the Certified Facilities Director certification program of the School Plant Management Association or a similar program.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-06-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1265    Boyd, Justin (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Applies the violation for passing a school bus when stopped to private property that is generally open to the public, and to public and private school properties.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-02-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 264 )


HB 1299    Warren, Les (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Increases the amount of allowances for Teacher Retirement System early retirement incentives from one percent to five percent of the aggregate previous year's personnel costs.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 425 )


HB 1320    Maddox, John (R) Changes the amount charged to delinquent employers that fail to remit moneys to the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. Adjusts the method for remittance of contributions by delinquent employers.
Position: Neutral
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: 220 )


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.
Position: Support
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 1337    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Requires new measures and other policy changes proposed by the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board to be presented to the House and Senate Insurance Committees for review and approval; makes other changes.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


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


HB 1371    Bragg, Ken (R)
Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Creates a tax credit for designated donations to a scholarship program that provides payments to individuals for private school tuition, or payments to a public school or a private school for classes or programs used by a private school student.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-17-21 H Motion for immediate consideration failed
03-17-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 52/Y: 44)
03-17-21 H Clincher motion failed


HB 1387    Penzo, Clint (R) Makes non-immigrants who are legally admitted to the U.S. Under the Compact of Free Association islands eligible to obtain teaching licenses.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-25-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education


HB 1429    Lowery, Mark (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Changes the requirements that a parent wait 14 days before withdrawing a student from the school district, making the wait five school days. Repeals requirement to include their child's intent to seek a driver's license in the current school year.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 623 )


HB 1430    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits criteria or requirements beyond what is provided for homeschooled students to participate in an interscholastic activity; makes other changes.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-07-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1432    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Increases the funding amounts used by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education for professional learning communities, from $12,500,000 to $14,500,000 in 2021-2022, and from $12,500,000 to $16,500,000 in 2022-2023.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-30-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1433    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Changes the amounts of enhanced transportation funding for numerous public school districts for the 2021-2022 school year.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-16-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 400 )


HB 1446    Ray, David (R)
English, Jane (R)
Adds active duty members of the uniformed services and their children to the list of parents and students that are eligible for the Succeed Scholarship Program.
Position: Neutral
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: 689 )


HB 1451    Godfrey, Megan (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Authorizes a school district to adopt a bilingual or dual-immersion program approved by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Position: Support
Bill History: 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: 663 )


HB 1452    Tollett, David (R) Expands the list of approved programs and purposes for which Enhanced Student Achievement Funding may be expended, adding 11 new programs and purposes; removes the expiration date.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-11-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1461    Lowery, Mark (R) Requires school districts that offer college and career readiness assessments to students at no cost to offer home-schooled students access to the testing site and financial assistance for the assessments.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-07-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1464    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires school districts to develop policies and procedures for providing parents and guardians access to instructional materials and the opportunity to challenge materials, events and activities associated with classroom instruction.
Position: Support
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: 684 )


HB 1501    Fite, Lanny (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Provides that multidistrict vocational centers physically detached from a local public school district or state-supported institution are entitled to receive funding from the Public School Fund.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 4)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 507 )


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)
Position: Support
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 1540    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Changes the notice requirements for school board elections related to the composition of the school boards that are up for election; provides more time for districts following a census when they must calculate minority populations.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 511 )


HB 1541    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Ties the required increases in employee health insurance contributions to only those increases in base salary for licensed employees that have a minimum of a bachelor's degree under the licensed salary schedule adopted by the district.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 621 )


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: Neutral
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 1549    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Makes various revisions to the 2015 School Safety Act. Requires school safety audits every three years, revises safety drill procedures, and creates the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Center for School Safety of the Criminal Justice Institute.
Companions:
SB 394 Irvin, Missy (Same As)
  4-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 648)
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 620 )


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


HB 1591    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Authorizes a school superintendent to notify a school resource officer of the recommended termination of a teacher and allows the superintendent to disclose additional details if they believe there are risks to campus security or student safety.
Position: Neutral
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: 964 )


HB 1592    Lowery, Mark (R) Creates the Arkansas Student Protection Act prohibiting any public school or open-enrollment public charter school from entering into any type of transaction with an individual or entity that performs, induces, or provides abortions.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 5)
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 820 )


HB 1594    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Authorizes the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to grant teaching licenses to noncitizens who have an active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals exemption and who have current and valid employment authorization.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 3)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 513 )


HB 1610    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Requires school districts to implement measures to avoid the use of physical restraint on a student to the greatest extent possible without endangering the safety of other students and school personnel.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1084 )


HB 1611    Ennett, Denise (D) Requires a public or charter school for students in grades 6-12 to inform students of the availability of free menstrual products.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-21-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 933 )


HB 1613    Tollett, David (R) Authorizes school districts to begin the school year as early as the Monday in which August 7 falls.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-06-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1614    Cozart, Bruce (R) Sets a statewide target average teacher salary of $51,822 and creates a teacher salary equalization funding calculation for districts where the average annual salary is lower. Requires the Education Committees to set future salary averages.
Companions:
SB 504 Irvin, Missy (Same As)
  4-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 679)
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 680 )


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


HB 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.
Position: Support
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 1671    Shepherd, Matthew (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Allows student-athletes eligible to participate in varsity sports for institutions of higher learning to enter into a contract and receive compensation for the commercial use of the student-athlete’s 'publicity rights' as defined.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-14-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 810 )


HB 1677    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Increases per-student funding for various purposes for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years; includes foundations, alternative learning environments, English-language learners, Enhanced Student Achievement, and professional development; more.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 614 )


HB 1678    Allen, Fred (D) Highly Qualified Professor and Teacher Act; permits a university professor or assistant professor to receive a teaching license issued by the State Board of Education upon performing application requirements.
Position: Support
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: 657 )


HB 1700    Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Requires the Department of Education to create the Student Horizon Database with career and salary information for occupations that do not require a college degree, and publish a job comparison manual for distribution to grade 7-12 students.
Position: Support
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: 1066 )


HB 1701    Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Allows science teachers to present creationism as a theory of how the earth formed.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-21-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1711    Penzo, Clint (R) Requires that public schools or open enrollment public charter schools offer computer science as a foreign language and defines the types of courses that would qualify.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
04-15-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education


HB 1733    Penzo, Clint (R) Requires the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board to implement a plan design for health savings accounts paired with qualifying high-deductible consumer-driven health insurance plans for public employees; more.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1744    Cozart, Bruce (R) Requires that public school students correctly answer 60% of questions, rather than 60 questions, on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Test as a graduation requirement.
Position: Neutral
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: 730 )


HB 1749    Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Prohibits school and university policies that require their employees to address students by their preferred pronouns.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-21-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1750    Womack, Richard (R) Allows a school district to petition to reverse a recent voluntary consolidation of a contiguous public school district for purposes of keeping a closing school campus of the consolidated district open.
Position: Neutral
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: 662 )


HB 1761    Lowery, Mark (R) Restricts public school instructional materials; prohibits teaching that any race or ethnicity is superior to others, that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist, etc.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-26-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-26-21 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 4/N: 3)


HB 1770    McCullough, Tippi (D)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires public school ID cards for students grades 6-12 to include numbers to national domestic violence, sexual assault, and suicide prevention hotlines.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1 and 2
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1069 )


HB 1783    Tollett, David (R) Allows students in Grades 7-12 in-school access to vending machines offering food and beverages that meet nutrition standards of the federal Smart Snacks in School program; prohibits school districts from restricting times the machines are in operation.
Position: Neutral
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: 1070 )


HB 1816    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
In addition to the United States flag and Arkansas flag, limits the flags that my be flown on public school campuses to a flag representing the public school and/or one representing the county in which the school is located.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
04-12-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education


HB 1826    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires at least one registered nurse employed by a school district to annually participate in a school nursing professional development program to be developed by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Health Department.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1089 )


HB 1830    Dotson, Jim (R)
Beckham, Charles (R)
Requires public school districts to adopt policies against discrimination based on a student's expressed religious viewpoint, to include the establishment of inclusion of such speech at all school events at which a student may speak publicly.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-21-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Education
04-27-21 S Motion to extract from committee failed (Vote: Y: 9/N: 17)


HB 1831    Berry, Mark (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires that school district boards adopt a policy for grades K-12 to broadcast the 'Star-Spangled Banner' at the commencement of each school-sanctioned sporting event and at least once per week during school hours; regulates performances; more.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 958 )


HB 1832    Berry, Mark (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires that the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools be followed by one minute of silence, that schools lead or broadcast a recitation of the Pledge followed by one minute of silence at each assembly and sporting event, etc.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 959 )


HB 1833    Beaty, Howard (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Allows a classroom teacher, as defined, a deduction, in addition to all other deductions allowed by law, of stated amounts increasing annually from $12,500 in tax year 2021 to $50,000 for tax years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2024.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Revenue and Taxation
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1837    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Expands the list of offenses that remove eligibility for teaching licenses to include sexual grooming of children.
Position: Support
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: 985 )


HB 1848    Bentley, Mary (R) Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidance for schools on addressing priorities related to student exercise, physical activities, nutritional standards, and access to healthy foods.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 0)
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1074 )


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.
Position: Support
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 1863    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Creates the Public School Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Committee to ensure compliance with the act in public schools and open-enrollment private schools; determines the composition of the six-member committee; more.
Position: Support
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: 987 )


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


HB 1891    Dotson, Jim (R)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a network of Certified Academic Language Therapists, required to convene annually, to establish and coordinate a dyslexia therapy training program for educators.
Companions:
SB 660 Elliott, Joyce (Same As)
  4-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A, S-Education
Position: Support
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: 1016 )


HB 1895    Lowery, Mark (R) Adds school or university faculty and staff members to provisions that prohibit students and others from involvement in or encouragement of acts of hazing.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (14:08:52)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 58/Y: 16)


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.
Position: Neutral
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 1901    Lowery, Mark (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires the Secretary of the Department of Education to issue a guidance memorandum describing the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia in evaluation, eligibility determination, individualized programs, etc.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education


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


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


HB 1927    Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Rice, Terry (R)
Amends the law concerning the conducting of primary elections to address issues resulting from the late receipt of redistricting data. (Shell bill)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Filed
04-14-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1930    Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Rice, Terry (R)
Amends the law regarding the conducting of primary elections to address issues resulting from the late receipt of redistricting data. (Shell bill)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Filed
04-14-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1939    Hawks, Spencer (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Requires school board members whose terms have expired or who are serving by appointment to stand for election for remainder of terms at the election following rezoning. Sets five-year terms for districts that are redrawn due to a census.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Education


SB 25    Sturch, James (R) Provides that a student who transfers to a nonresident district and who has already attended preschool in that nonresident district for one year will not count toward the three percent cap under the Public School Choice Act.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 01-20-21 S Amendment(s) Filed
01-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-21-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 31    English, Jane (R) Adds career readiness assessments that lead to nationally recognized work readiness certificates to the college and career readiness component of statewide student assessments.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 2)
03-09-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 319 )


SB 33    English, Jane (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Amends the provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, changing composition and voting rights of commission members, terms of members.
Position: Support
Bill History: 01-20-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Education
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-14-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 43    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education, Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation for 2021-2022 operations.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 02-09-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-10-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 99 )


SB 60    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Removes specific requirements for vision screenings for public school students, authorizing the Div. of Elementary and Secondary Ed., in conjunction with the Commission on Eye and Vision Care of School-Age Children, to adopt test rules.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-09-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 320 )


SB 61    Irvin, Missy (R)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Changes funding sources, application procedures, partnership provisions and evaluation criteria for the College and Career Coaches Program.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 633 )


SB 62    Irvin, Missy (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Authorizes a teacher licensed to teach K-6 or special education students K-12, who has not demonstrated proficiency by the 2023-2024 school year, to be placed in an intensive support status to demonstrate proficiency.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:38:14)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 489 )


SB 63    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Permits the Commissioner and Secretary of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to appoint a designee to attend board meetings on his or her behalf and authorizes the designee to vote during the meetings.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 71/N: 7)
03-09-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 321 )


SB 64    Irvin, Missy (R) Makes various technical changes to provisions of the Arkansas Code concerning public education.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 1)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 544 )


SB 71    Sturch, James (R) Establishes acceptable means of initiating ethics investigations of educators. Amends the procedure for ethics investigations and transfers certain administrative dutes from the subcommittee to the staff of the Licensure Standards Board.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 96 )


SB 72    Sturch, James (R) Provides that a conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a nonviolent and nonsexual offense that is at least 10 years old will not disqualify a person from obtaining a license to teach or employment as nonlicensed school personnel.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-16-21 S Motion to recall from House carried
03-17-21 H Returned to the Senate
04-15-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 77    Eads, Lance (R)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Creates the Office of Education Renewal Zones within the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to oversee the evaluation, reporting, and coordination of education renewal zone activities.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-10-21 H [H] 20210210/-1/21137 (14:12:04)
02-10-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 6)
02-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 134 )


SB 89    Hester, Bart (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Defines a student with a disability for the purposes of eligibility for the Succeed Scholarship Program and enrollment in an approved private school; authorizes a lottery selection process if parent applications exceed the number of available scholarships
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 741 )


SB 101    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Charges the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education with developing rules for school funding; requires each school district to submit a three-year enhanced student achievement plan to the Division by July 1, 2022; requires annual plan review.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-09-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 322 )


SB 107    English, Jane (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Creates the Computer Science Education Advancement Act setting standards for any computer science course offered by a public high school, licensure requirements for teachers and requiring that one computer science teacher be employed by each school.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:29:50)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 81/N: 5)
03-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 414 )


SB 111    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for 2021-2022 operations.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 842 )


SB 114    Irvin, Missy (R) Changes eligibility requirements for the Academic Support Scholarship, the Governor's Scholarship Program and Scholarships for Teachers in High-Need Subjects to require the submission of an application for federal student aid.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-09-21 H [H] 20210309/-1/21304 (14:26:20)
03-09-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 331 )


SB 120    Davis, Breanne (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Empowers the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to implement the School Counseling Improvement Act.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 650 )


SB 124    Sturch, James (R)
Evans, Brian (R)
Provides that noncompliance with requirements related to monitoring processes of content standards and curriculum frameworks for public schools shall be subject to enforcement actions of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-02-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 251 )


SB 131    Sturch, James (R)
Smith, Stu (R)
Makes minor changes to the eligibility requirements of the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship Program.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
02-03-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 82 )


SB 140    Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Scott, Jamie (D)
Requires a public school district board to conduct an assessment of a student's adverse childhood experiences before disciplining a student if the public school hasn't conducted such an assessment within the last year.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-19-21 H On floor for consideration
04-19-21 H Motion to reconsider carried
04-19-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 40/Y: 42)


SB 142    Ingram, Keith (D)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Changes the method for public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to track average daily membership due to declining and fluctuating enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Position: Support
Bill History: 01-26-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
04-14-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 147    English, Jane (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Makes changes to the Public School Choice Act to revise enrollment periods and allow students in Level 5 – Intensive Support or 'F' rated school districts to enroll in a district with a better rating, including a nonresident district in certain cases.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:32:45)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 82/N: 1)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 490 )


SB 158    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, for Public School Fund grants.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1006 )


SB 160    Hester, Bart (R)
Eubanks, Jon (R)
Requires that Holocaust education be taught in all public schools and charges the State Board of Education with developing curricula, standards and materials in consultation with local, statewide and national experts.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 611 )


SB 161    Garner, Trent (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Permits a public school or public school district to offer a hunting safety course to students in Grades 5-12 and provides that the course may count towards the required ˝ unit of physical education for students in Grades 9-12.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 5)
03-31-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 536 )


SB 170    Garner, Trent (R) Makes doxxing of a minor a Class C felony, defined as the dissemination of personally-identifying information of a minor via social media platform with the intent to intimidate, abuse, or threaten, or where the minor is placed in fear of harm.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 1)
03-16-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 375 )


SB 174    Teague, Larry (D) Changes the normal retirement age as applicable to the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System to 60 for members who have a combined total of 38 years of service. Removes some requirements related to terminations of active membership.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-04-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 290 )


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


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


SB 194    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Milligan, Jon (R)
Expands the Freedom of Information Act to permit copying public documents by taking a photograph of them.
Position: Neutral
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 195    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Extends the entities subject to Freedom of Information Act provisions to include those whose primary purpose is providing direct support to a governmental agency or public entity financially or with in-kind value of $1,000,000+.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-25-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
02-24-21 S Amendment 4 adopted


SB 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.
Position: Neutral
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 207    Irvin, Missy (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Changes the amounts of enhanced transportation funding for numerous public school districts for the 2021-22 school year and establishes additional enhanced transportation funding for subsequent school years.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-10-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-11-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 323 )


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


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


SB 218    Hendren, Jim (I)
Berry, Mark (R)
Redefines 'nonconviction information' for the purpose of noncriminal background checks; stipulates that such requests must be completed through the Division of State Police and must be submitted electronically through the Criminal Background Check System.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 630 )


SB 235    English, Jane (R) Revises provisions to determine authority over aspects of vocational education and duties that were previously under the Career Education and Workforce Development Board.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 545 )


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.
Position: Support
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 249    Irvin, Missy (R) Makes the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education responsible for requiring school tornado safety drills and removes the specific months for those drills to take place. Adds earthquake safety drills in areas susceptible to earthquakes.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (14:39:26)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 442 )


SB 251    English, Jane (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Makes various changes concerning requirements for school district waivers and open-enrollment public charter school employment, enrollment, disclosure, authorization and facility funding.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 1)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 774 )


SB 272    Joint Budget Reappropriates unspent capital improvement balances to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education of the Department of Education.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-24-21 H Emergency clause adopted
02-25-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 173 )


SB 291    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Creates a 'community school' designation that may be obtained by a public school or open-enrollment charter school that submits a plan that provides for adequate health care, mental health care, dental care, nutrition and trauma support services, etc.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 744 )


SB 314    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Collins, Andrew (D)
Requires that a public school district under the authority of the State Board of Education be returned to local control after it has been under the authority of the state board for five years and has democratically elected a board.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


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: Neutral
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 348    Clark, Alan (R) Creates the Education Ombudsman Division, which is independent of the Department of Education, to communicate with stakeholders.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-Education
03-08-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Education
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


SB 349    Clark, Alan (R)
Brooks, Keith (R)
Prohibits public schools from using reading programs of instruction that are not aligned with the science of reading, withholding up to ten percent of monthly state foundation funding aid to districts and charter schools that are out of compliance.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 15)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-07-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 606 )


SB 354    Irvin, Missy (R)
Barker, Sonia (R)
Creates a cause of action against a school or institution of higher education for hardship due to biological boys or men being allowed to compete in sports designated as girls' or women's sports.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 75/N: 18)
03-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 461 )


SB 389    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Requires schools to make sex education curricula, materials, tests, and instruction of any kind available to parents for inspection, and to allow parents to opt-out of those without penalty to the student.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 18)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 552 )


SB 391    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Requires high school students to take a minimum of one year of a civics education course for graduation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Filed
02-24-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-02-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 394    Irvin, Missy (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Makes various revisions to the 2015 School Safety Act. Requires school safety audits every three years, revises safety drill procedures, and creates the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Center for School Safety of the Criminal Justice Institute.
Companions:
HB 1549 Cozart, Bruce (Same As)
  4- 8-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 620)
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 1)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 648 )


SB 397    Irvin, Missy (R)
Speaks, Nelda (R)
Requires the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create a Higher Education Consumer Guide that is designed for use by prospective students at a state-supported institution of higher education.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-30-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-31-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 539 )


SB 403    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Appropriates funds to the Department of Education from the Development and Enhancement Fund for a grant for academic training to enhance standardized testing achievement for poor and minority students for fiscal 2021-2022.
Position: Neutral
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: 893 )


SB 407    Irvin, Missy (R)
Scott, Jamie (D)
Requires school districts that accept a school resource officer to file a defined memorandum with a local law enforcement agency; requires school resource officers and their supervisors to complete specified training.
Companions:
HB 1510 Scott, Jamie (Same As)
  4- 8-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 622)
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 2)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 551 )


SB 409    Irvin, Missy (R) Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for Save the Children programs for 2021-2022 operations.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 03-23-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-30-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 542 )


SB 425    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Makes technical corrections to provisions of Title 6.
Position: Support
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: 467 )


SB 450    Irvin, Missy (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires school sports to be designated based on biological sex. Authorizes the Attorney General to bring a cause of action against violators for relief including an injunction barring public funding for one year.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 17)
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 953 )


SB 451    Hammer, Kim (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Provides that students in grade 5 or 6 in a school that is not configured as an elementary school will participate in the same visual arts and performing arts instruction as students in grade 7 or 8.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 1)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 644 )


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


SB 472    English, Jane (R) Sets school board member terms at four years and sets special school election dates for districts with average daily membership over 10,000 on the date of the preferential primary election or the general election.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 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
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


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


SB 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.
Position: Support
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 496    Rapert, Jason (R)
Hawks, Spencer (R)
Makes various changes to election law with regard to the dates special elections are held.
Position: Neutral
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 501    Irvin, Missy (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Removes a teacher or school administrator's civil immunity for the use of corporal punishment if the student has an individualized education program in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 2)
04-20-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education


SB 502    Irvin, Missy (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Exempts students who are in foster care from out-of-school suspension and expulsion.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-21-21 H [H] 20210421/-1/21637 (14:18:00)
04-21-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 51/Y: 20)


SB 504    Irvin, Missy (R) Sets a statewide target average teacher salary of $51,822 and creates a teacher salary equalization funding calculation for districts where the average annual salary is lower. Requires the Education Committees to set future salary averages.
Companions:
HB 1614 Cozart, Bruce (Same As)
  4-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 680)
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 679 )


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


SB 524    Sturch, James (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Updates minority teacher and administrator recruitment policy to apply to all districts and focus on set goals, including at minimum reflecting the racial and ethnic diversity of a district's students through a three-year recruitment and retention plan.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 2)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 646 )


SB 532    English, Jane (R)
Deffenbaugh, Gary (R)
Requires water bottle filling stations to be installed in new school construction, in additions, and in any full renovation of existing school buildings.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-15-21 H [H] 20210415/-1/21587 (14:59:01)
04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 83/N: 5)
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 775 )


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: Neutral
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S On floor for consideration
04-15-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 13)


SB 540    Davis, Breanne (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Prohibits a school superintendent contract buyout agreement from using more than 12 months' worth of state funds to compensate an outgoing superintendent; prohibits use of state funds to compensate beyond the remainder of the contract or fiscal year.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
04-22-21 H Pulled down with no committee motion H-Education


SB 564    Elliott, Joyce (D) Creates the Arkansas Tutoring Corps Act, authorizing the Department of Education to coordinate a program designed to identify, coordinate, and provide incentives to tutors in response to lost learning time that occurred as a result of COVID-19.
Position: Support
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: 912 )


SB 569    Hester, Bart (R)
Berry, Stan (R)
Requires school districts to allow and provide for student use of medication to treat adrenal insufficiency.
Position: Neutral
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: 1050 )


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.
Position: Neutral
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 576    Clark, Alan (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Requires school districts to have a policy for virtual and remote student attendance if the method will differ from regular attendance policies. Applies existing driver's license suspension requirement to virtual/remote students who are out of school.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 897 )


SB 587    Teague, Larry (D) Requires legislative review of significant changes to a plan design of the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board, which must be brought to the Insurance and Commerce Committees in quarterly reporting.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-15-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-21-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce


SB 599    Irvin, Missy (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Creates the Arkansas Financial Education Commission, which may organize as a nonprofit corporation, to raise funds and provide financial literacy education programs online and through working with other state agencies.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1025 )


SB 619    English, Jane (R) Changes the dates of school district board elections and the terms of directors in circumstances in which the entire board is elected during the same election; changes directors' terms in certain minority population districts.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education
04-19-21 S Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


SB 629    Irvin, Missy (R)
Speaks, Nelda (R)
Amends the law relating to school districts that have experienced a decline in average daily membership over the two preceding school years to allow a school to receive both declining enrollment funding and special needs isolated funding.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 909 )


SB 630    Dismang, Jonathan (R) Creates a tax credit for eligible contributions to a scholarship-granting organization for qualifying low-income students. Limits the amounts to be disbursed per student and sets a total cap for credits under the subchapter of $2,000,000.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


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


SB 638    English, Jane (R)
Brown, Karilyn (R)
Repeals laws adopting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and makes various provisions to consolidate state and Interstate Compact guidance on school transitions for military children.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-26-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1031 )


SB 655    Leding, Greg (D)
Godfrey, Megan (D)
Creates the Education for Healthy Youth Act addressing health education and sex education curriculum.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


SB 660    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide a specialized program designed to provide therapy to students with dyslexia or written-language disorders through a network of Certified Academic Language Therapists.
Companions:
HB 1891 Dotson, Jim (Same As)
  4-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1016)
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-08-21 S Filed
04-08-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


SB 662    Hill, Ricky (R)
Cooper, Cameron (R)
Provides that the last Wed. of Sept. of each year shall be recognized as 'A Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students' calling on citizens, in accordance with their own faith and consciences, to pray, meditate or otherwise reflect upon students, teachers, etc.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 902 )


SB 680    Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Creates a tax credit for eligible contributions to a scholarship-granting organization for qualifying low-income students. Limits the amounts to be disbursed per student and sets a total cap for credits under the subchapter of $2,000,000.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 04-21-21 H Clincher adopted
04-22-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 904 )


SB 690    Hickey, Jimmy (R) Abolishes the Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap in Arkansas, the Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel and the Academic Facilities Oversight Committee.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Filed
04-14-21 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SB 692    English, Jane (R) Creates the Task Force on Education and Workforce Talent Pipeline and determines its composition and representation, duties and reporting responsibilities.
Position: Support
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Filed
04-15-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


SB 693    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Abolishes the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board and transfers its duties, functions, property, personnel, etc. to the State Board of Finance; duties administered by the Employee Benefits Division shall remain with the division.
Position: Neutral
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1004 )


SB 707    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish the Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices Advisory Committee to recommend added content for history and social studies academic standards.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-23-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Education
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee ...S-Education


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