Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The not-so-Big Swill: Beans for legislators

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 7:22 AM

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Back to reporting, missed yesterday, on the free food, drinks and diversions offered Arkansas legislators by lobbyists despite Amendment 94's prohibition on gifts to legislators.

* LUNCH — 11:30 a.m., Capitol Rotunda, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The Arkansas News Service provides details:

Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communications director at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Hunger relief agency workers from around the state will be on hand to talk with lawmakers 

* CRAFT BEER — 4-6 p.m., Vino's, reception hosted by Paschall Strategic and AIPRO (the lobby for independent oil and gas producers and royalty owners.)

* BRIEFING — 5 to 6:30 p.m., Southwest Power Pool headquarters. Briefing and tour hosted by AEP, the giant power company; its subsidiary SWEPCO, and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. All that talking will make a body thirsty, I'd guess. Surely some Diet Cokes and tea will be on offer

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