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Trough times at the legislature 

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Amendment 94, approved by voters in November, ended free eating and drinking on the lobby for legislators. Supposedly. But it didn't. In an interpretation as yet untested by the toothless Ethics Commission, the legislature has interpreted the rule to open the door to unlimited freebies as long as all members of a governmental body are invited to "scheduled activities." Below are all the opportunities (so far announced) for legislators to get wined and dined in the upcoming week. The hog trough is still open.

Feb. 12

General Assembly

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.: Breakfast at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Square Apartments, No. 13, courtesy of the Arkansas Health Care Association.

Feb. 16

General Assembly

5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Reception at Next Level Events courtesy of the Little Rock Airport Commission.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Prayer and Devotional Event at Capitol Room 19 courtesy of the Capitol Commission.

Feb. 17

General Assembly

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.: Breakfast at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of Arkansas Cancer Coalition.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at Association of Arkansas Counties Building courtesy of the Northwest Arkansas Chambers of Commerce.

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Reception at Next Level Events courtesy of the Northwest Arkansas Chambers of Commerce.

Senate

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

Senate and House Insurance and Commerce Committees

TBD: Phillips Management and Consulting Services.

Feb. 18

General Assembly

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.: Breakfast at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Hill Building courtesy of Arkansas Alliance of Boys and Girls Club.

4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Reception at the Clinton Presidential Center courtesy of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Senate

11:30 a.m.: Lunch at the Association of Arkansas Counties Building courtesy of the Career and Technical Student Organizations.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch at the Capitol Square Apartments, No. 13, courtesy of the Arkansas Health Care Association.

6 p.m.-10 p.m.: Reception at Bevis Farm, North Little Rock, courtesy of Arkansas National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

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