Arkansas Legislature

News and updates about the Arkansas legislative session

Right and Left Tackle Unemployment Fraud

Yesterday was a long day over at the Capitol. Both chambers abandoned most of their schedules and adjourned early to take a walk across the Capitol grounds to listen to several hours of committee arguments regarding the Big River Steel Mill.

But the Senate did manage to squeeze in a little work.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances 6 Amendments

Mar 26, 2013

A Senate panel has advanced six proposed constitutional amendments for lawmakers to consider putting on the Arkansas ballot next year.  

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday referred the six amendments to be taken up when the panel meets jointly with a House committee.

The Legislature can refer three amendments to voters for the general election.  

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As Arkansas lawmakers work toward a package of about $100 million in tax cuts, the House Revenue and Tax Committee approved an income tax cut Tuesday that state finance officials say would cost the state about $57 million a year.

Representative Charlie Collins, a Republican from Fayetteville, says Arkansas workers are at a disadvantage to those in surrounding states in regards to how much they pay on income taxes.

Arkansas House Panel To Take Up Income Tax Cut Bill

Mar 26, 2013

An Arkansas House committee is taking up a proposal to cut income taxes in Arkansas as legislative leaders say they're moving closer toward an agreement on a $100 million package of reductions.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday is expected to consider Republican Rep. Charlie Collins' proposal to cut income taxes. Collins' proposal would cost the state about $57 million a year.

Maggie Carroll

At a protest at the state capitol Saturday, many Arkansans spoke out against what they call the passing of extreme reproductive laws in Arkansas.


Governor Beebe signed SB 331, a bill creating a one year moratorium on registering as a lobbyist for constitutional officers, agency heads, judges, and various commissioners into law today. The bill did not generate a single nay vote in the Senate or House.

The bill’s author, Republican Senator David Sanders of Little Rock, noted this legislation also restricts employment with a company if a state official or employee had “direct impact over a particular entity” or was in a position of picking a “winner or loser.” 

Organizers say more than 1,400 people are expected to attend a protest at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

Here is a press release on the event:


For information contact:

Jaime Goswick {} 479-414-1413

Donna Shade {} 870-208-6542


Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Talk of tax cuts continues to swirl around the state Capitol as lawmakers iron out what Speaker of the House Davy Carter said Friday is shaping up to be roughly $100 million dollars worth of cuts.

"In concept there is an agreement ... for a tax cut package in that range," Carter told reporters, speaking of talks between the House and Senate.

The Speaker had asked for lawmakers to identify $150 million in tax cuts, but recent reports have indicated the number has been decreasing.

The House voted 82-3 to pass a bill Friday that would prevent government agencies from naming buildings after public office holders until ten years after they are out of office.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative John Burris, R-Harrison, said this law would solve some interesting situations that have occurred in various districts around the state.

A bill that would have directed a portion of state revenue from certain sales taxes to the Highway and Transportation Department failed to pass a house committee Thursday, though its sponsor says it could get another try in committee.

Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, sponsored HB 1418 and says if he does bring it back up, it will have to compete with other bills cutting or reallocating state funding.