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Legislative Activity Report

Through the Recess of the 93rd General Assembly and Thursday, April 29, 2021

Legislative Activity Report-2021

Through the Recess of the 93rd General Assembly and Thursday, April 29.

1-Signed into Law:

OPPOSE:

SB410 – Changing Name of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 530).

SB494 – Immunity from Lawsuits for Campus Police Departments – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed by House (Vote Breakdown). Signed into Law (Act 627)

SB418 – Increased Fees for State Parks Use – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown). Signed into Law (Act 652)

SB346 – Undermining FOIA in Law Enforcement – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by the Governor (Act 778)

HB1845 – Restricted Free Speech on Sale of Alcohol at Private Club – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 885).

 

SUPPORT:

HB1112 – Voter Integrity in Provisional BallotsSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed the House (Vote Breakdown), Passed the Senate (Vote Breakdown); SIGNED by Governor – Act 249.

HB1211 – Religious Freedom Protected During EmergenciesSUPPORT

            STATUS: Signed by the Governor, Now Act 94

SB205 – Transparency for the Rainy-Day FundSUPPORT

STATUS: Signed by Governor. Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown), Passed House (Vote Breakdown),

HB1227 – No Minimum Wage While Off Duty for Truck DriversSUPPORT

            STATUS: Signed by the Governor, Now Act 91

SB194 – Allowing Photographing of Public Records – SUPPORT

STATUS: Signed into Law (Senate Vote Breakdown); (House Vote Breakdown);

SB379 – Legislative Oversight over Emergency Declarations – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Signed into Law – Act 379; Senate Vote; House Vote

HB1198 – Amending Supervision Requirements for Nurse AnesthetistsSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed into Law – Act 449

HB1512 – Promoting Work in Food Stamps – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed Into Law – Act 419.

HB1254 – APRN as Primary Care Provider within Medicaid ProgramSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 569). 

HB1215 – Full Practice Authority for Nurse MidwivesSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 607).

HB1460 – Workforce Freedom – Uniform Licensing Rules Across the StateSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 567).

SB196 – Attorney’s Fees Awarded for Getting Public Records During Litigation – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed the Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown). Signed by Governor (Act 572).

SB525 – Returning Franchise Tax Filings to Secretary of State – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 523).

HB1361 – No Taxes Levied on PPP Loans and COVID19 Relief Funds – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 248)

HB1416 – Work from Home FreedomSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed by Senate (Vote Breakdown) Signed by Governor (Act 659).

SB153 – Waiving of License, Permit, and Filing Fees for New BusinessesSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 725)

SB580 – Virtual Schooling Allowed for Barber/Cosmetology – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown) Signed Into Law (Act 724)

HB1765 – Prohibiting Fraud in Unemployment Insurance – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed into Law (Act 667)

HB1068 – Expanded Telemedicine UseSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed the House (Vote Breakdown), Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by the Governor (Act 767)

HB1063 – Expansion of Telemedicine to Phone CallsSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by the Governor (Act 829)

SB295 – Welfare Program Integrity SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by the Governor (Act 780).

SB574 – Liability Sharing Organization Recognized as Motor Vehicle Insurance – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 910).

SB498 – Challenged Election Results to State Election Commission – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 952).

HB1439 – Volunteer Health Care Act Expansion to TherapistsSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 968)

HB1157 – Increased Deduction for Teacher ExpensesSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 971).

SB680 – Tax Credit Scholarship School Choice Program SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Signed by Governor (Act 904).

 

2-Passed Both Chambers and Sent to Governor:

OPPOSE:

HB1868 – FOIA Exemption on Sales Tax Data – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor.

SB686 – New Regulations and Fees on Ride Sharing Apps at Airports – OPPOSE

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor.

 

SUPPORT:

HB1642 – Child Support Cooperation in Public Housing – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor

SB535 – Protecting Private Information Involving Nonprofit Organizations – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor

HB1912 – Reduced Sales Tax Rate on Used Cars – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor

SB615– Prohibiting Vaccine Passports in Arkansas – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Delivered to Governor

SB671 – Transparency on “Cost Savings” from Governor’s Transformation – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor

SB336 – Sales Tax Exemption for Coins, Currency, and Bullion – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Sent to Governor

 

3-Passed at Least One Chamber:

OPPOSE:

HB1517 – New Electronic Voter Registration – OPPOSE

            STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Failed Senate (Vote Breakdown)

HB1280 – Secret Meetings for Economic Development Projects– OPPOSE

            STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown)

 

SUPPORT

HB1160 – Sales Tax Exemption for Used Cars IncreasedSUPPORT

            STATUS: Passed House (Vote Breakdown)        

 

4-Failed on Floor Vote:

OPPOSE:

HB1899 – Denial of Free Speech in Judicial Elections – OPPOSE

            STATUS: Failed House (Vote Breakdown)

SB701 – Promoting Election Fraud – OPPOSE

            STATUS: Failed on Senate Floor (Vote Breakdown)

 

SUPPORT:

HB1371 – School Choice Tax Credit ScholarshipsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Failed on House Floor (Vote Breakdown)

SB301 – Returning of Fees Paid for Violations of COVID19 Orders – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Vetoed by Governor; Senate Vote to Override Veto Succeeds, House Vote to Override Veto Fails.

HB1368 – Special Election Reform

            STATUS: Failed on House Floor. (Vote 1 Breakdown) (Vote 2 Breakdown)

HB1367 – E-Notary Allowed SUPPORT

            STATUS: Failed House (Vote Breakdown)

SB298 – Protecting the Constitution Against Federal Overreach – SUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Passed House (Vote Breakdown); Vetoed by Governor. Senate Overrides Veto (Vote Breakdown); House Tables Bill

 

5-Still in Committee/Awaiting Floor Action:

OPPOSE:

HB1734 – Immunity for Law Enforcement at Private Colleges – OPPOSE

            STATUS: Referred to House Education Committee

SJR9 – Legislative Rulemaking Authority Over Courts)OPPOSE

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

SB230 – Unlimited Assistance by Third Party Persons in Voting– OPPOSE

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

SB351 – Regulating Ride-Share Companies at Airports – OPPOSE

STATUS: Referred to Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee (The bill has been amended to require ride-share companies to charge, collect, and remit the rental vehicle sales tax.

SB141 – Granting Power Over Election Changes to the Secretary of State During an EmergencyOPPOSE

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies Committee

SB2 – Massive Tax Increase for Redistribution of Wealth SchemeOPPOSE

            STATUS: In Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

SB10 – Redistribution of Wealth through EITCOPPOSE

            STATUS: In Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

HB1904 – Requiring Sales Tax and Rental Vehicle Tax on Ride Sharing – OPPOSE

            STATUS: In House Revenue and Tax Committee

 

SUPPORT:

HB1011 – Repeal of Income Taxes for Those Making Under $22,000SUPPORT

            STATUS: In House Revenue and Tax Committee

SB9 – Repealing of Car Wash Water Usage TaxSUPPORT

            STATUS: Heard in Committee, No Vote Taken. In Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

SB15 – Emergency Powers Duration LimitedSUPPORT

            STATUS: In Senate Judiciary Committee

SB17 – Liability Immunity Against COVID19 LawsuitsSUPPORT

            STATUS: In Senate Public Health Committee

SB117 – Hybrid Car $100 Fee RemovedSUPPORT

            STATUS: In Transportation Committee

HB1064 – Price Transparency for Medical ServicesSUPPORT

            STATUS: In House Insurance and Commerce Committee

HB1066 – Beer Shipping Direct to ConsumersSUPPORT

            STATUS: In House Rules Committee

HB1189 – No Special Interest Pay for Government WorkersSUPPORT

            STATUS: In State Agencies Committee

HB1190 – Cost of Living Adjustments for Standard DeductionSUPPORT

            STATUS: In Revenue and Tax Committee; Heard but no Vote Taken

HB1191 – Increase of Standard DeductionSUPPORT

            STATUS: In Revenue and Tax Committee

SB176 – Allowing Pharmacists to Treat Certain Health ConditionsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate Public Health, Welfare, Labor Committee

HB1403 – Reducing the Top Income Tax RateSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Revenue and Tax Committee

SJR3 – Allowing the State to be SuedSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

HB1428 – Repeal of Arkansas Works, Transition to Medicaid Fee for ServiceSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Public Health Welfare Labor Committee

HB1431 – Increased Sales Tax Exemption for Used CarsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Tax and Revenue Committee

SB192 – Political Freedom for Public Employees SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies Committee

SB231 – Stripping Felons of State Retirement BenefitsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Retirement

HJR1019 – Election of Judges on a Partisan BasisSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House State Agencies

HB1447 – Special Election Reform for Tax ElectionsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Revenue and Tax Committee

SB197 – Civil Asset Forfeiture Changes to Criminal Proceedings – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee

SB195 – Private Foundations with Government Purpose Subject to FOIA – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies Committee

SB453 – Special Election Reform (Retry) – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

HB1354 – Prohibiting Gifts from Lobbyists to Cabinet-Level Department Secretaries – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Rules Committee

HB1667 – Universal Licensing Recognition for Military Spouses – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Public Health, Welfare, Labor Committee

SB483 – Repeal of the Throwback Rule (Taxes) – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

SB522 – Reducing Individual Income Taxes to Zero Percent – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

SB562 – Converting Paper Filings to Electronic Filings for Candidates for Office – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

SB583– Voter Fraud Hotline and Prosecution by Attorney General – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate State Agencies

HB1817 – Section 179 Depreciation at State Level – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Heard in House Revenue and Tax Committee

SB337 – Reinstating Cigarette Border Tax Pricing – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate Tax and Revenue Committee

HB1644 – Reducing Regulations on Childcare Facilities and Workers – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to House Public Health, Welfare, Labor Committee

SB482 – Repeal of Throwback Rule Applied to US Government Sales – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred to Senate Revenue and Tax Committee

 

6-Withdrawn by Author:

OPPOSE:

HB1030 – Ensuring Increases in Gas Tax RevenueOPPOSE

            STATUS: WITHDRAWN BY AUTHOR

HB1038 – Internet Sales Tax on Delivery ChargesOPPOSE

            STATUS: WITHDRAWN BY AUTHOR

HB1045 – Defines Cigarette Paper to Include Vaping ProductsOPPOSE

            STATUS: WITHDRAWN BY AUTHOR

HB1139 – FOIA Exemption for Funeral Home InvestigationsOPPOSE

            STATUS: Withdrawn by the Author

SB217 – Promoting Election Fraud OpportunitiesOPPOSE

            STATUS: Passed out of Committee; Withdrawn by Author

SB650 – Increasing Welfare Dependency on Food Stamps – OPPOSE

            STATUS: Withdrawn by Author, Referred for Interim Study

 

SUPPORT:

SB23/HB1055 – Self-Regulation for CO-OP OrganizationsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Referred for Interim Study

HB1316 – Phasing Out and Ending the Soft Drink TaxSUPPORT

            STATUS: WITHDRAWN BY THE AUTHOR

HB1231 – Rejecting the 1619 Project in Public SchoolsSUPPORT

            STATUS: Withdrawn by Author

SB186 – No Collaborative Practice Agreement for APRNs after 1,000 HoursSUPPORT

            STATUS: WITHDRAWN BY AUTHOR

SB208 – Updated “Meeting” Definition for FOIA; Updated Groups Subject to FOIASUPPORT

            STATUS: Heard in Committee Meeting; No Vote Taken; Withdrawn by Author

SB252 – Prohibiting an Office in China for Economic DevelopmentSUPPORT

STATUS: Passed Senate (Vote Breakdown); Failed in House Committee; Recommended for Interim Study.

HB1737 – Excluding Delivery Charges from Sales and Use Tax – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Withdrawn by Author, Referred to Interim Study

SB534 – Quarterly Reports for AR Home (Medicaid Expansion) Program – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Withdrawn by Author

HB1902 – Tying Growth in Government to Personal Income Growth – SUPPORT

            STATUS: Withdrawn by Author, Referred for Interim Study

 

 

 

Prof. Robert Steinbuch on the 93rd General Assembly

Final Capitol Update: Wednesday April 28th, 2021

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