February 5 Update: The Arkansas General Assembly has concluded its fourth week of the session. Here are the bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Southeast Arkansas lawmakers through the fourth week. One of those bills, SB 145, sponsored by Sen. Bill Gilmore and Rep. Howard Beaty, Jr., both primary sponsors, has now become law.

 

Sen. Bill Gilmore, R-Crossett

Sen. Ben Gilmore

Sen. Ben Gilmore

Sen. Gilmore is serving his first term in the Arkansas Senate. He represents District 26, which includes Ashley, Bradley, Drew, Chicot, and portions of Desha, Cleveland and Lincoln counties.

He serves on the the Senate Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee, Joint Performance Review (JPR), Senate Joint Performance Review, Legislative Joint Auditing, and the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. He is an alternate on the Arkansas Legislative Council.

SB145 – A bill to amend the Arkansas Emergency Management Assistance Compact to comply with changes to the national standard. The bill is now ACT 71

SB153 – A bill to create the Workforce Expansion Act of 2021.

HB1134 – A bill to allow pharmacists to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense vaccines, immunizations and anti-allergy medications to treat adverse reactions to administered vaccines.

HB1135 – A bill to authorize pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines and immunizations.

HB1211 – A bill to require that religious organizations are protected during an emergency.

HB1227 – A bill to amend the Minimum Wage Act of the state of Arkansas and to amend the section regarding relief from liability for employers that impacts portions of the law resulting from initiated Act 5 of 2018.

HB1316 – A bill to phase out the Soft Drink Tax; to reduce the Soft Drink Tax and provide for the expiration of the Arkansas Soft Drink Tax.

HCR1002 – A House Concurrent Resolution to encourage continued collaboration among healthcare providers, law enforcement, educators, public officials and the Arkansas community in battling the abuse of prescription drugs in Arkansas.

HCR1007 – A House Concurrent Resolution to recognize January 22 as the “Day of Tears” in Arkansas.

SB160 – A bill to require Holocaust Education be taught in all public schools.

SB24 – A bill concerning the defense of a person with the use of physical force or deadly physical force.

SB28 – To make rape of a child by forcible compulsion a capital offense.

Rep. Howard Beaty, Jr., R-Crossett

Howard Beaty, Jr.

Howard Beaty, Jr.

Rep. Beaty is serving his first term in the Arkansas House. He represents District 9 which includes portions of Ashley and Drew counties.

He serves on the House City, County, and Local Affairs Committee and the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

HB1112 – A bill to amend the law concerning voter identification; to amend the law concerning verification of provisional ballots; and to amend Amendment 51 of the Arkansas Constitution.

HB1260 – A bill to require certain individuals and organizations that engage in charitable solicitation to register within a municipality.

HB1315 – A bill to create a state meat inspection program; to amend the Arkansas Meat and Meat Products Inspection Act; to transfer authority over meat inspection to the Department of Agriculture.

HB1316 – A bill to phase out the Soft Drink Tax; to reduce the Soft Drink Tax and provide for the expiration of the Arkansas Soft Drink Tax.

HB1361 – A bill to provide for the tax treatment of certain loans, payments, and expenses related to Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) relief programs.

HB1371 – A bill to create the Arkansas Child Academic Opportunity Scholarship and Grant Act.

HB1431 – A bill to increase the sales and use tax exemption threshold for the purchase of a used motor vehicle.

SB117 – A bill to amend the law concerning the requirement that an additional registration fee be paid for electric and hybrid vehicles; and to repeal the additional fee for the registration of hybrid vehicles.

SB145 – A bill to amend the Arkansas Emergency Assistance Compact to comply with changes to the national standard. The bill is now ACT 71

SB24 – A bill concerning the defense of a person with the use of physical force or deadly physical force.

Rep. Mark McElroy, R-Tillar

Rep. Mark McElroy

Rep. Mark McElroy

Rep. McElroy is serving his fourth term in the Arkansas House. He represents District 11 which includes portions of Ashley, Chicot, and Desha counties.

He serves on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and the House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee.

HB1061 – A bill to create the No Patient Left Alone Act concerning visitation rights of patients.

HB1160 – A bill to increase the Sales and Use Tax exemption for a used motor vehicle; and to eliminate the Sales and Use Tax exemption for certain motor vehicles trailers and semi-trailers.

HB1256 – A bill to amend the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013.

HB1337 –  A bill to amend the law concerning the state and public school life and health insurance program; to ensure a sustainable system of health benefits for state employees and public school employees.

HB1338 – A bill to amend the election law; to amend the petition process to be on the ballot as a candidate for President or Vice President of the United States; and to increase the number of signatures required to be listed on the ballot.

HB1349 – A bill to establish the Every Arkansan Retirement Plan Opportunity Act.

HB1361 – A bill to provide for the tax treatment of certain loans, payments, and expenses related to Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) relief programs.

HB1431 – A bill to increase the sales and use tax exemption threshold for the purchase of a used motor vehicle.

HCR1007 – A House Concurrent Resolution to recognize January 22 as the “Day of Tears” in Arkansas.

Rep. Mike Holcomb, R-Pine Bluff

Mike Holcomb

Rep. Mike Holcomb

Rep. Holcomb is serving his fifth term in the Arkansas House. He represents District 10, which includes portions of Lincoln, Cleveland, Grant, Drew, and Jefferson counties.

He serves as chairperson of the House Public Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Joint Budget Committee, the House City, County & Local Affairs Committee, and the House Rules Committee.

HB1322 – A bill to amend the timeline for embalming a dead body in the state.

HB1160 – A bill to increase the Sales and Use Tax exemption for a used motor vehicle; and to eliminate the Sales and Use Tax exemption for certain motor vehicles trailers and semi-trailers.

HB1315 – A bill to create a state meat inspection program; to amend the Arkansas Meat and Meat Products Inspection Act; to transfer authority over meat inspection to the Department of Agriculture.

HB1349 – A bill to establish the Every Arkansan Retirement Plan Opportunity Act.

HB1431 – A bill to increase the sales and use tax exemption threshold for the purchase of a used motor vehicle.

SB142 – A bill concerning funding based on the average daily membership of a school district or open-enrollment public public charter school.

SB225 – A bill to amend the law concerning the additional fee required for the registration of a hybrid vehicle.

SB245 – A bill to amend the Arkansas Uniform Commercial Driver License Act; and to disqualify a driver convicted of a felony involving a severe form of trafficking in persons.

SB246 – A bill to amend the law concerning electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles; and to create an exception to the requirement that an additional fee be paid for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles.

SB247 – A bill to amend the law concerning the penalties for a violation of the offense of racing a vehicle on a public highway.

HCR1007 – A House Concurrent Resolution to recognize January 22 as the “Day of Tears” in Arkansas.

Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, R- Hermitage

Rep. Jeff Wardlaw

Rep. Jeff Wardlaw

Rep. Wardlaw is serving his sixth term in the Arkansas House. He represents District 8, which includes all of Bradley County and portions of Ashley, Drew, Cleveland, Dallas, and Calhoun counties.

He is serving his second term as co-chairperson of the Arkansas Legislative Council. He also serves on the House Rules Committee, the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee, and the House State Agencies & Govt’l Affairs Committee.

HB1008 – A bill to amend the law concerning additional allocations for certain underfunded plans of the Policemen’s Pension and Relief Fund and the Firemen’s Relief and Pension Fund.

HB1009 – A bill to amend the law concerning the distribution of excess food in public schools.

HB1114 – A bill concerning the supervision fee for probate and parole.

HB1115 – To amend the law concerning the weight threshold for commercial motor vehicles.

HB1117 – Concerning the division of Correction Inmate Farm Fund.

HB1214 – To amend the Arkansas Emergency Services Act of 1973 concerning funding.

HB1227 – To amend the minimum Wage Act of the State of Arkansas; and to amend the section regarding relief from liability for employers that impacts portions of the law resulting from Initiated Act 5 of 2018.

HB1254 – A bill to authorize the Arkansas Medicaid Program to recognize an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a primary care provider.

HB1020 – A bill creating a sentence enhancement for certain offenses committed against a person due to the person’s attributes; and to require an annual report concerning the commission of hate crimes in Arkansas.

HB1028 – A bill to amend the law to extend the time period authorized for the registration of a motor vehicle; and to amend the law concerning temporary preprinted paper buyer’s tags.

HB1062 – A bill to increase the lookback period for prior convictions of boating or driving while intoxicated for the purpose of sentence enhancement.

HB1097 – Concerning the participation of public schools and private schools in School Athletic Conferences.

HB1160 – A bill to increase the Sales and Use Tax exemption for a used motor vehicle; and to eliminate the Sales and Use Tax exemption for certain motor vehicles trailers and semi-trailers.

HB1315 – A bill to create a state meat inspection program; to amend the Arkansas Meat and Meat Products Inspection Act; to transfer authority over meat inspection to the Department of Agriculture.

HB1317 – A bill concerning the theft of a postal package delivered to a person’s residence and left within the curtilage of the residence; and to make technical corrections.

HB1342 – A bill permitting non-immigrants legally admitted to the United States under a compact of free association to be a certified law enforcement officer; and to be known as the “Marshallese Law Enforcement Act”.

HB1349 – A bill to establish the Every Arkansan Retirement Plan Opportunity Act.

HB1360 – A bill to establish the Law Enforcement Family Relief Check-off Program; and to establish the Law Enforcement Family Relief Trust Fund.

HB1431 – A bill to increase the sales and use tax exemption threshold for the purchase of a used motor vehicle.

HCR1007 – A House Concurrent Resolution to recognize January 22 as the “Day of Tears” in Arkansas.

SB161 – A bill to allow a public school or a public school district to offer a hunting safety course as part of its curriculum.

SB24 – A bill concerning the defense of a person with the use of physical force or deadly physical force.

SB3 – A bill to create a sentence enhancement for certain offences against a person due to the person’s attributes; and to require an annual report concerning the commission of hate crimes in Arkansas.