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Monday, March 16, 2015

Senator has payback for city, county lobbies

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:32 AM

You think Sen. Bill Sample of Hot Springs hasn't gotten the support he desired from the lobby groups for city and county governments?

I'd say so. And he's getting even. Up in Joint Retirement Committee this morning is his SB 169 to toss current and former employees of the Arkansas Municipal League and the Association of Arkansas Counties out of the state retirement system.

Sen. Bart Hester, heir of Bob Johnson's Death Star mantle for a nearly perfect record for bad legislation, undoubtedly would like to pitch in. The city lobby is (properly) attempting to oppose, or at least water down his SB 757, which would gut zoning laws in Arkansas.

UPDATE: Sample did not seek a vote on the bill after all. That might have been the last meeting of the committee for the session, so those retirement plans are safe. That doesn't other means of payback isn't possible.

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