Arkansas Legislature

The latest news about the Arkansas Legislature.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate voted 21-12 Wednesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would require voters in the state to present valid photo identification before casting a ballot.

This is the third veto the Senate has overridden this legislative session. The other two were on abortion restrictions.

The Senate delivered a letter announcing the override to the House of Representatives which also has to vote to override the veto.

Arkansas Senate To Take Up Override Of Voter ID Veto

Mar 27, 2013

The Arkansas Senate is expected to attempt to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. 

Republican Sen. Bryan King is expected to ask the Senate on Wednesday to override Beebe's veto of his voter ID bill.

It takes a simple majority in the House and Senate to override a governor's veto. If King is successful, the House is expected to vote on an override Thursday.

A bill that would remove water quality standards for mineral content in small streams in the state is set for a hearing in the Senate Public Health Committee Wednesday.

House Bill 1929 would remove a special permit requirement for businesses that discharge minerals such as chlorides and sulfates into streams. Representative Andy Davis, a Republican from Little Rock, is the bill’s sponsor. Davis says current standards apply to water that will never be used as drinking water.

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:


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