ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
90TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
02-15-2019 - 16:04:52

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HB 1003    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Adds various antibullying measures to school policies, including the appointment of a school antibullying specialist in each district and increased notification and reporting requirements for instances of bullying.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-15-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-29-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1006    Fite, Charlene (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Creates an enhanced criminal penalty for passing a stopped school bus while demonstrating a reckless disregard for the safety of school bus passengers, a class A misdemeanor with a fine between $500 and $2,500.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HB 1007    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires school districts to consider a teacher's experience as a teacher in another state for the purposes of determining compensation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-27-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-29-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1008    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Amends the deadline by which newly-elected school board members must obtain at least nine hours of audit report training; requires completion of requirement by the end of the calendar year after election instead of within 15 months.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-27-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-29-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1009    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Further restricts certain sex offenders from entering a school campus for a kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) program and tightens exceptions for relatives to those within a second degree of consanguinity (was fourth degree).
Companions:
HB 1023 Warren, Les (Same As)
  2-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-27-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
01-24-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1010    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Grants immunity from criminal prosecution for mandated reporters who report a child abuse case in good faith and further provides an absolute defense to a civil action arising from such a report.
Companions:
HB 1022 Dotson, Jim (Same As)
  2-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-27-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military
01-23-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 itary ...H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military


HB 1014    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Adds bleeding control training as a required component of high school health courses.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H [H] 20190214/-1/16808 (13:25:14)
02-14-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 85/N: 3)
02-14-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education


HB 1015    Mayberry, Julie (R) Requires a journalism course be offered as an elective each year in public schools serving grades nine through twelve (9-12).
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-22-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
01-23-19 H Amendment 2 adopted
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1018    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Increases the number of school districts entitled to nine board members by lowering the population requirements from those with an average daily attendance of 24,000 or more to those with an average attendance of 20,000 or more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-05-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1019    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Requires video cameras to be placed in certain classrooms upon written request by a parent or guardian, school employee, superintendent, principal, etc. and limits the duration of the request to one school year.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-11-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1020    Warren, Les (R)
English, Jane (R)
Allows school districts to consider a teacher's experience as a teacher in another state for the purposes of determining placement on the salary schedule.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-04-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
02-04-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1021    Dotson, Jim (R)
English, Jane (R)
Changes the deadline for required training for newly-elected school board members in the reading and interpretation of audit reports to December 31 of the calendar year following the year in which the member was elected.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HB 1022    Dotson, Jim (R)
English, Jane (R)
Grants immunity from criminal prosecution for mandated reporters who report a child abuse case in good faith to the Child Abuse Hotline and further provides an absolute defense to a civil action arising from such a report.
Companions:
HB 1010 Dotson, Jim (Same As)
  1-23-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130, H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
02-13-19 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1023    Warren, Les (R)
English, Jane (R)
Further restricts certain sex offenders from entering a school campus for a kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) program and tightens exceptions for relatives to those within a second degree of consanguinity (was fourth degree).
Companions:
HB 1009 Dotson, Jim (Same As)
  1-24-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149, H-Judiciary
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
02-13-19 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1041    Ladyman, Jack (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Raises the threshold for requiring municipalities to invite competitive bidding for projects from $20,000 to $50,000 and provides that a governing body can waive the requirement by resolution in exceptional situations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-28-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 55/N: 18)
01-28-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
02-19-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1145    Cozart, Bruce (R) Creates the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act, increasing the amounts of teachers' compensation on standardized pay scales based on education level and experience for 2019-2021 and projecting increases forward for 2022-2023.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 S Emergency clause adopted
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HB 1167    Johnson, Lee (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Provides that students may possess and use topical sunscreen, which is categorized as an over-the-counter drug.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-14-19 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1175    Evans, Brian (R)
Garner, Trent (R)
Exempts a student who resides on military base from deadlines that otherwise apply to applications for school transfers under Public School Choice Acts of 2004 and 2015.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HB 1182    Fite, Charlene (R)
Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Makes the offense of using a cell phone while driving in a school zone a primary offense for which a law enforcement officer may stop a driver for non-compliance.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-05-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 7)
02-05-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-18-19 S Meeting set for Upon adjournment of Senate - Old Supreme Cou Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


HB 1206    House, Douglas (R) Sets the cost of living adjustment amount for the Teacher Retirement System using the Consumer Price Index, or three percent, whichever is less. Lists individuals who are eligible for the cost of living adjustment.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...Joint Retirement
02-08-19 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
02-08-19 H Read second time - Referred to Joint Retirement


HB 1223    Gray, Michelle (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Declares school bus drivers who are employed to drive regular routes during the annual school year eligible to participate in the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1224    Gray, Michelle (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Provides that retired members of the Teacher Retirement System who become employed with a covered employer are not exempt from termination for purposes of retirement eligibility if they become reemployed as a bus driver or substitute teacher.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-12-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried Joint Retirement
02-12-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1232    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits all payroll deductions for union dues, other than for firefighters, police officers and emergency first responders.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-23-19 H Filed
01-23-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1260    Douglas, Dan (R) Levies a wholesale sales tax on motor fuels and directs the proceeds to be deposited as special revenues; requires general revenue in excess of a set annual amount to be transferred to the Sate Highway and Transportation Department Fund.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-06-19 H Meeting cancelled for 02/07/19 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1268    Barker, Sonia (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires schools to include a literacy plan based on the science of reading in their annual school-level improvement plans.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-06-19 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
02-06-19 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1273    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Requires the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a ridesharing application to determine whether the results support modification of the program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-28-19 H Filed
01-28-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1292    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Requires election ballots concerning a millage to include a definition of the term millage and an example of the property tax calculation formula.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-29-19 H Filed
01-29-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1308    Gray, Michelle (R) Limits a disability retiree of the Teacher Retirement System to 80 days of actual service during a fiscal year in order to receive a monthly disability retirement; repeals the authorization to serve longer if in a different capacity from previous position
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
02-13-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1309    Meeks, Stephen (R) The Arkansas Nighttime Environment Act
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-14-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1319    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Changes eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year to include any teacher in student contact more than 70 percent of the time and removes the exclusion for guidance counselors and librarians, making them eligible as well.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H [H] 20190214/-1/16808 (13:28:54)
02-14-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-14-19 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education


HB 1330    House, Douglas (R) Prohibits a public employee from soliciting or receiving a prize, donation, gift or other compensation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 H Filed
01-31-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 11:59 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1356    Davis, Andy (R)
Sturch, James (R)
Requires schools to provide a meal or snack that is reimbursable to the school to a student, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay or owes money for a previous meal or snack; provides parameters for parental contact, other policies.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 H Filed
02-01-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1361    Davis, Andy (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Establishes the Department of Education as a cabinet-level department, transferring 15 state entities to the Department and assigning powers and duties under the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-01-19 H Filed
02-04-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HB 1373    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Makes various changes to employment and licensure law, providing that criminal background checks that have been sealed do not disqualify those applicants.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-04-19 H Filed
02-04-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-07-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1374    Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Places a two-year ban former members of the General Assembly taking employment as the director of an educational cooperative or as the director of an area agency on aging.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-07-19 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 11:59 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


HB 1390    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits school districts from setting a date to begin the school year that is earlier than the Monday before Labor Day.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1396    Bentley, Mary (R) Authorizes school districts to drug test job applicants and randomly drug test current employees.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1400    Cozart, Bruce (R) Requires the Department of Education to conduct a biennial study of the Succeed Scholarship Program, including the number of students from different types of schools, the number schools receiving funding, and other data.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1402    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Requires any special elections elections in years with a preferential primary election or general election to be held on those election dates; sets dates for special elections in off-cycle years; amends certain local election dates; other changes.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-13-19 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
02-14-19 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1404    Speaks, Nelda (R)
Flippo, Scott (R)
Allows a school district's budget to be published in a newspaper that is not published in the county, but does have a bona fide circulation in the county.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-19 H Filed
02-06-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1409    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Makes changes to provisions for unstructured social time in public elementary schools, requiring a minimum of 40 minutes of instructional time be used for “recess” as defined.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1412    Eubanks, Jon (R) Prohibits a school district from using public funds to pay a teacher's or classified employee's membership dues in an educational professional organization.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1413    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits a school district from charging private school or home school students for concurrent enrollment courses when the district does not charge public or charter school students for the the courses.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1416    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Removes the maximum daily membership, currently 20,000 students, for school districts that are subject to minimum area and attendance requirements.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H Filed
02-08-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1419    Lowery, Mark (R) Requires public schools to adopt policies that allow private school and home school students to enroll in academic courses, provided that their enrollment will not create a financial loss for the district.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1420    Boyd, Justin (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Changes the time period for candidate filing and petition circulations for school district board elections to coincide with party filing periods in both even- and odd-numbered years; extends petition circulation period.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 H Filed
02-11-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1430    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Removes all references to the word regulation, as it pertains to the rules and regulations of state agencies, in Arkansas Code. (906 page bill).
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
02-13-19 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1432    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Protects freedom of expression for student journalists of school-sponsored media, indemnifies school officials or board members from any criminal/civil action action arising from publication and protects students from interference.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Filed
02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1437    Dalby, Carol (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Creates criminal offenses for persons who fail to correctly report a threat of violence against a school or a student, if they gain knowledge of the threat in the course of their duties and fall within a list of 40 professions and volunteer posts.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-14-19 H Re-referred to committee H-Judiciary
02-19-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HJR1001    Douglas, Dan (R) Amends the constitution to create an open primary process whereby the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election; authorizes the legislature to set a vote threshold that will advance only one candidate.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-15-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1002    Douglas, Dan (R) Amends the constitution to repeal the fiscal legislative session provision and revert the state budget to a two-year appropriation cycle. Allows a vote of 2/3 majority to extend a regular session beyond 75 days (currently requires 3/4 majority)
Companions:
SJR 1 Hendren, Jim (Same As)
  1-14-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-15-18 H Filed
01-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


SB 76    Wallace, David (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Broadens the definition of an emergency for the purpose of establishing a temporary location for meetings of local governing bodies.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Mac Room B ...H-City, County and Local Affairs
02-13-19 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-City, County and Local Affairs
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 108    English, Jane (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Repeals the annual evaluation of vocational-technical courses by the Legislative Council, the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-04-19 H Placed on the House calendar
02-04-19 H [H] 20190204/-1/16718 (14:29:52)
02-04-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)


SB 115    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Creates exemptions to the Minimum Wage Act, including employers with fewer than 50 employees, employers that are schools or institutions of higher education, and nonprofits.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-24-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-24-19 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - 2/13/19 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 118    Hammer, Kim (R) Requires educational institutions and their administrators to give students and faculty the broadest possible latitude to engage in free speech as defined and prohibits them from shielding individuals from or otherwise suppressing free speech.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-16-19 S Filed
01-16-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 136    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for grants and aid to local school districts and special programs for fiscal 2019-2020.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-18-19 S Filed
01-22-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
02-04-19 S Sent to subcommittee JBC - Special Language Subcommittee


SB 137    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education – Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation for fiscal 2019-2020.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-13-19 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-14-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 145 )
07-01-19 G Effective date


SB 138    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for fiscal 2019-2020 operations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-18-19 S Filed
01-22-19 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
02-04-19 S Sent to subcommittee JBC - Special Language Subcommittee


SB 140    English, Jane (R) Makes changes to state-supported work-based learning programs; places approval authority for public cosmetological schools with the Higher Education Coordinating Board rather than the Career Education and Workforce Development Board.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-18-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 153    English, Jane (R)
Barker, Sonia (R)
Requires public school districts and open-enrollment public charter schools to include a literacy plan in the school-level improvement plan that complies with established standards and incorporates an approved list of sources to be identified by 2020.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-19 H [H] 20190207/-1/16759 (11:57:54)
12-07-19 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
02-11-19 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 83 )


SB 158    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Requires that vote totals from any special or annual school election be filed with the county board of commissioners in the county in which the school district is domiciled; requires the commission to deliver duplicates to the county clerk.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-12-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
02-12-19 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 181    English, Jane (R) Repeals the Technical Careers Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
02-05-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-05-19 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education


SB 197    Ballinger, Bob (R) Permits a certified law enforcement officer to carry an open or concealed handgun whether on or off duty.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-14-19 S Amendment 3 adopted
02-19-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


SB 198    Ballinger, Bob (R) Requires the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training to conduct a feasibility study on allowing school districts to establish their own law enforcement agencies.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-29-19 S Filed
01-30-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
02-06-19 S Meeting set for 3:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 199    Davis, Breanne (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Repeals the Public School Services Act and creates the School Counseling Improvement Act under which each public school district is required to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program utilizing specific frameworks.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
02-14-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-18-19 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 205    Hester, Bart (R)
Davis, Andy (R)
Applies various ethics reporting requirements specifically to unopposed candidates whose name and position did not appear on a ballot. Requires any enforcement of local limits on contributions to be the responsibility of that local government.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-11-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-State Agencies
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


SB 231    Hammer, Kim (R) Redefines “public records” and the Freedom of Information Act to extend to a private entity expending a minimum of 20 percent of its time, resources and efforts in support of a government entity.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 233    Hammer, Kim (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Amends notice requirements for certain elections, constricting the provisions for publication of notices in newspapers.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 235    Hammer, Kim (R) Strikes restrictions that prevent school employees to act as election officials.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 236    Hammer, Kim (R) Protects a public employee's political activities against penalties or restrictions imposed by his or her public employer and provides that a public employee shall not be prohibited from or restricted in expressing his or her views.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
02-04-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 249    Hendren, Jim (R) Increases the fine for ethics law violations from $2,000 to $3,500.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
02-11-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Rules
02-13-19 H Meeting set for 11:59 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules


SB 250    Clark, Alan (R) Provides that a call to the Child Abuse Hotline regarding educational neglect can only be accepted if the report alleges that the parent intentionally failed to ensure attendance at school for 15 days or more, and other listed allegations are made.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-19 S On floor for consideration
02-14-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-14-19 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education


SB 276    Garner, Trent (R) Changes the date of the general primary election from the third Tuesday in June to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March, changes filing periods for elections and extends the deadline for certification of candidates for inclusion on ballots.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-12-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies
02-12-19 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-14-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Old Supreme Court ...S-State Agencies


SB 281    Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Requires persons performing work under a contract with state agencies or political subdivisions to verify the hours worked on a computer.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Filed
02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-18-19 S Meeting set for Upon adjournment of Senate - Old Supreme Cou Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 295    Hammer, Kim (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Requires employers to participate in any labor market information survey that is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 S Filed
02-11-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - 2/13/19 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 304    Bond, Will (D)
Burch, LeAnne (D)
Requires each school district to offer a health curriculum that incorporates instruction on mental health, substance abuse and addiction, dietary and obesity issues, tobacco use and teenage pregnancy prevention beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-11-19 S Filed
02-11-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
02-13-19 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 307    Sturch, James (R)
Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Specifies that a licensed educator, as defined for purposes of ethics violations, includes persons whose license expired during the ethics complaint process, and persons employed under an emergency teaching permit.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-12-19 S Filed
02-12-19 S Introduced and referred to S-Education


SJR 1    Hendren, Jim (R) Amends the constitution to repeal the fiscal legislative session provision and revert the state budget to a two-year appropriation cycle. Allows a vote of 2/3 majority to extend a regular session beyond 75 days (currently requires 3/4 majority)
Companions:
HJR1002 Douglas, Dan (Same As)
  1-14-19 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-20-18 S Filed
01-14-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


SJR 2    Wallace, David (R) Amends the Arkansas Constitution to provide that the State of Arkansas shall never be made a defendant in any state court unless otherwise provided by law.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-14-19 S Filed
01-14-19 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies


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