The status of major issues before the 84th General Assembly as of January 24:
Legislation encompassing Governor Huckabee's public school
district restructuring plan has not been introduced.
- HB1115, to create a special legislative committee to work in
concert with experts to define what constitutes an adequate
education in Arkansas by July 1. Unanimously passed the House
Education Committee and awaits action on the House floor.
- HB1023, to reorganize the state Board of Education to provide
for House and Senate appointments and require the state Department
of Education director to serve at the pleasure of the board.
Awaiting hearing before House Education Committee.
- HB1038, the ``Civil Justice Reform Act of 2003,'' to limit the
amount of damages in civil cases. Public hearing scheduled Thursday
before the House Judiciary Committee.
- SB45, to reorganize various state agencies into 10 departments.
Awaiting hearing before the Senate Committee on State Agencies and
- HB1179, the ``Consolidated Incentive Act of 2003,'' to
consolidate and update existing incentives to base tax breaks on
payroll rather than numbers of jobs created an average wages; to
offer new breaks for research and development efforts and income
tax breaks for new businesses in certain fields, such as
agriculture or biotechnology; to offer incentives for counties to
work regionally to attract new industry; to enhance incentives to
locate in poor areas of the state. Awaits hearing before House
Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee.
NOTE: All election bills await hearing before the House State
Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee
- HB1016, to require training for all county board of election
commissions prior to each regularly scheduled party primary.
- HB1025, to move elections for nonpartisan judicial offices from
the party primaries to the November general election.
- HB1112, provide for uniform statewide early voting hours
between 8 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1:00 p.m.
to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, ending at 6:00 p.m. on the Monday before an
- HB1141, to set uniform statewide early voting hours for Monday
through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceeding the election, with
early voting ending at 5 p.m. on the day before an election.
- HB1155, to provide for early voting beginning 15 days before an
election and ending at the time the county clerk's office regularly
closes 5 days before an election, with early voting available
between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on Saturday.
- 1114, to repeal Arkansas' electricity deregulation law. Awaits
hearing before the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.