Gary B.: Notes on proposed legislation during the Arkansas General Assembly


Things are beginning to pick up a little as the Arkansas General Assembly in Little Rock continues to work through proposed legislation.

Here are a few notes:

In a vote of 89-7, the House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 1182. If it becomes law, it will make it a “primary offense” to use a handheld wireless device in a school zone.

Another bill in the making is Senate Bill (SB) 149 passed by the Senate making abortion illegal instantly if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. The bill is in the House at this writing.

Here’s a WOW: House Bill 1006 raises the penalty for passing a stopped school bus. It raises the minimum fine to $500 and the maximum fine to $2,000

HB 1231 & SB 156 are both bills regarding the freedom of journalistic expression on college campuses. (Note: We are for journalistic expression on college campuses!)

There is a bill – SB 115 by Sen. Bob Ballinger, a Republican from Hindsville, that is designed to add limitations to the new minimum wage increases. Ballinger has it on hold for now.

Another WOW! The legislature is allowed to refer three amendments to the public for consideration. A flurry of these is expected at the deadline to file. Changing the Constitution is a very serious matter to consider.

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