Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Morning Roll Call~ News You Need to Know

You ever had one of those days that you look up and it is 9:00 at night and you are not sure how you got there? That was yesterday for me.

There were some significant things that happened yesterday. For instance Governor Beebe signed into law 7 new bills. If I am not mistaken that is 15 new laws in the first month, and I am told it gets worse from here. There are now over 610 bills that have been filed for lawmakers to consider.

Here is today's schedule http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Pages/Home.aspx. There three of the committee meetings you can watch live this morning at 10. Just go to http://www.arkansashouse.org/ and on the right hand side you will see the specific meeting listed and a link to live stream.

Windows Open to Unions? 

Along with HB1013 here are some bills to watch that look like they may be back doors for EFCA "union" bills~ 

From AP~ Ark. panel backs title fee hike for police pension

AR State Wire
Published: Yesterday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Car buyers in Arkansas would have to pay twice as much in title and title application fees under a proposal advanced Monday by a legislative committee that is aimed at helping shore up the struggling Arkansas State Police pension system.

The Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs recommended passage of the proposal by Sen. Michael Lamoureux to double title and duplicate title fees from $1 to $2. The measure would also raise title application fees from $4 to $8. (Read more...)

From Talk Business~ 

Congressional redistricting looks to soon accelerate in the Arkansas legislature for a couple of reasons, and in the process, a number of interesting developments will unfold.

First, U.S. Census Bureau statistics detailing local level census data is expected to be delivered to state officials as early as Feb. 11 instead of Feb. 22 as previously reported. (Read more...)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Billboards here beckon people to gun shows and political candidates vie for the affection of the National Rifle Association like cheerleaders trying to impress a high school quarterback.
Yet, in Arkansas, where firearms are hardly foreign, a proposal to air gun culture out in the open is facing blowback from some lawmakers, police and even Gov. Mike Beebe, who scored the NRA's blessing. (Read more...)


ademillo7:33am via web
Today is also last day for legislators to file constitutional amendments. Expect to see some "shell" bills filed to be updated later. #ARLeg

RobyBrockFeb 06, 12:49pm via web
#ARLeg ICYMI How have Ark. Cong. Districts evolved over the last 70 yrs & what's on tap? Inc. video map of changes. http://bit.ly/hS4RoD

ademilloFeb 07, 7:09am via web
AP's @jeannienuss looks at the open carry legislation coming before the #ARLeg this week.http://tinyurl.com/4thfcgb

FamilyCouncilFeb 07, 9:19am via web
A Connection Between Gov. Beebe & the "Poison Pill" Amendment? http://tinyurl.com/4j3r8et#ARLeg (h/t @TolberReport for news tip)

"Ethics bill" passes 96 to 2 - not sure who voted against #HB1284 #ARLeg

Two no votes on "ethics bill" were Reps. Cowling (D) and King (R) - both term limited legislators who object to being "grandfathered" #ARLeg

HB 1013 passes 54-39-2. #arleg

HB1278 passes 96-0. Its regarding sex offender verification, email addresses, and internet identities. #arleg

HB1278 passes 96-0. Its regarding sex offender verification, email addresses, and internet identities. #arleg

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