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Sunday, February 9, 2014

The open line Scripture lesson; plus the House lesson for the Arkansas Senate

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

  • National Weather Service

As all eyes and ears turn again to the weathermen, I throw open an open line.

* FROM THE CONGREGATION: A friend in a church that I've visited once in a while, including on my wedding day, sends a suggestion

Share this question until Asa answers if he is ready to rob 84,000 families in Arkansas of health insurance they just got last month.

"Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey! What will you do on the day of punishment, in the calamity that will come from far away?" Isaiah 10:1-3

"Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' 45 Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:44:

* TRANSPARENCY IS ON THE HOUSE: The Arkansas House, the Hon. Davy Carter, prop., has distributed a news release today about increased public transparency of House business. This includes phone and tablet access to live streaming.

Kudos to the House. Continued brickbats for the Senate, which doesn't want the public present by web for its committee meetings and sessions. Someday. With the biggest Republican majority in the Senate, you'd think more transparency wouldn't be much of a problem since the GOP has branded itself as the fresh air party. The breath of the Senate still smells — as a National Lampoon once memorably put it — like a buffalo fart.

News release on the jump.

A SUGGESTION FOR THE HOUSE: Let's scan and make available all the underlying documents by which House members are claiming up to $50,000 and more in "expenses" in a calendar year on top of almost $16,000 in pay. At 56.5 cents a mile, you can score a nifty profit on every drive to Little Rock. And precisely what is being billed to taxpayers for "home office" expenses? Let's put it all on-line for crowd-sourcing audits. Forgive me for skepticism about the need for all those miles and all those "expenses" turned in by some members.

* OH, AND ABOUT WEATHER: Here's the afternoon prediction from the Weather Service for Pulaski County:

Tonight .. light freezing rain and light snow after midnight.

Monday … chance of light snow in the morning … then light snow in the afternoon, with accumulations of one inch. Ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch

Monday night — colder light snow in the evening then more after midnight of three more inches, with total accumulation of four inches. 

If true, the world will be shut Tuesday.


ust days before the General Assembly is set to begin the state’s third fiscal session, Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter announced that the House has upgraded its live streaming capabilities to ensure more Arkansans can watch the process from their computer or any mobile device.

The House Communications Office has also upgraded its website which is designed to be compatible with tablets and smart phones.

During the last Regular Session, House proceedings were viewed a total of 80,000 times. More than 3,000 people were watching live on their computer when the House voted on the Private Option.

“The House invested a great deal of resources back in 2010 when it began its public transparency initiative,” said Speaker Davy Carter. “But as you know technology can change dramatically in 4 years time. And now that 60% of adults have a smart phone, we want to ensure that our public transparency efforts are still relevant and convenient.”

The upgrade also includes new section called “Kids in the House” designed specifically to help engage Arkansas students in the law making process. This section is a continuing work in progress. More features will be added in months to come.

Our upgrades in the streaming will allow viewers to read the text of the bill on the side of the screen as they are watching the debate and vote. As a result, going forward this will make the archive search more user friendly. Visitors to the site will now be able to search for previous videos by using key words. Until now, one would need the bill number to find the corresponding video.

Fiscal Session will begin at noon on Monday, February 10.

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