Arkansas Politics

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 17:42:00

Sales tax collection bill clears House

A bill that would require shoppers to pay Arkansas sales tax on online purchases passed in the House 54-26 Tuesday.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 07:26:00

House passes measure to block Satanic monument

The House yesterday passed Rep. Kim Hammer's House Bill 1273, which would halt consideration of new monuments on the Capitol grounds unless they're first approved by the legislature. The bill appears to be aimed at the Satanic Temple, a religious group that is unpopular among lawmakers at the Capitol.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 19:46:00

Hester bill would allow sale of wine in grocery stores

Sen. Bart Hester today filed a bill to allow the sale of wine from any winery in grocery stores.

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 13:47:00

Moms Demand Action: campus carry is a "solution without a problem"

On Capitol View over the weekend, Rep. Michelle Gray, a backer of Charlie Collins bill to force public universities and colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed handguns, faced off against Austin Bailey, director of the Arkansas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a citizens group which opposes the bill.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 12:51:00

How often should the legislature convene? It would take a constitutional amendment to change.

Here's an idea that has mostly gotten lost in the shuffle in the legislative shenanigans this year: Back in November, Sen. Jim Hendren filed Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would propose a constitutional amendment to eliminate the fiscal session of the legislature. Sounds like a good idea to me! However, we're hearing rumblings that some in the House may want to go the other direction, potentially proposing an amendment to require the legislature to meet in a full, regular session every year instead of every other year.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 08:05:00

Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 05:59:00

State Treasurer Milligan found not liable in wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit

KATV reports that a verdict was reached late last night in the wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit brought by former David Singer, a former Arkansas treasurer's office staffer, against Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his chief of staff Jim Harris. The jury found in favor of Milligan and Harris.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 10:38:00

Bryan King aims for referendum on Voter ID constitutional amendment

Sen. Bryan King, a longtime crusader for enacting restrictions for ballot access, filed a senate joint resolution on Wednesday to refer a constitutional amendment to voters that would impose Voter ID.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 21:36:00

Online sales tax legislation advances

Two bills aimed at raising state revenue through the collection of sales and use tax on online purchases cleared their first hurdles this week.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 17:29:00

Proposed constitutional amendments seek to reshape education oversight

Two joint resolutions filed in the Arkansas Senate call for constitutional amendments that would fundamentally alter oversight of the public school system and the balance of powers between the branches of state government. If either is approved by the legislature, it would appear on the 2018 ballot for consideration by voters.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 13:21:00

Rapert wants legislature to push for amendment to U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage

Sen. Jason Rapert is still bummed about gay marriage.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 09:40:00

Legislature continues effort to chip away at ethics law

The House Rules committee yesterday passed a bill codifying an exception for travel junkets to the laws prohibiting gifts from lobbyists to public officials and creating an explicit exemption for swag given out to legislators at fancy balls. Really.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 07:40:00

Campus carry bill set for House this afternoon

After sailing through a contentious committee hearing on Tuesday, the House will take up House Bill 1249 this afternoon.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 06:22:00

Cotton promises town halls later this year; Senator's closed-door policy unique among Arkansas congressional delegation

Sen. Tom Cotton — the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation with an appointment-only policy for constituent visits to field offices — is now promising that he will hold town hall meetings in Arkansas this year.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 21:56:00

Protesters demonstrate outside Sen. Tom Cotton's Springdale office

The citizens group Ozark Indivisible protested outside Tom Cotton's Springdale office this morning. According to group members, between 150 to 200 protesters showed up to demonstrate.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 14:49:00

Voter ID passes House 74-21

Rep. Mark Lowery's bill to reinstate a voter ID requirement Arkansas today passed 74-21 in the House. It's on to the Senate.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 14:06:00

Military benefits tax exemption (plus soda industry giveaway and tax hikes) passes Senate 30-0

The Senate today passed a bill to create a tax exemption for military retirement pay, 30-0 (one didn't vote and four were present). A similar bill passed the House yesterday; once they have flip-flopped, they'll be on the governor's desk.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:39:02

Collins' campus carry bill passes out of House committee

Rep. Charlie Collins bill to to force public universities and colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed handguns passed out of House committee this morning.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 07:37:00

Bill to preserve punishing landlord-tenant law routed to committee friendly to realtors lobby

Noted: SB25, which appears to be an effort by the Arkansas Realtors Association to preserve the status quo, isn't heading to House Judiciary this week, as you might expect. Instead it's being re-routed to a committee likely friendlier to the realtor lobby.

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