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Bill dealing with tenant's rights introduced in Arkansas legislature

Sen. Blake Johnson (Source: Arkansas Senate) Sen. Blake Johnson (Source: Arkansas Senate)

A new bill set to be discussed in the Arkansas General Assembly next year will seek to create a set policy on the issue of failure to vacate rental apartments as the issue is also being discussed in federal court. 

The bill, Senate Bill 25, is co-sponsored by Sen. Blake Johnson, R-Corning and Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro. Under the bill, state law would be amended to create a uniform policy for renters and landlords. 

"A court of competent jurisdiction may, upon conviction of a tenant for refusal to vacate upon notice, issue a Writ of possession for the county sheriff to evict the tenant from the leased premises; or Court order to evict the tenant from the leased premises," the bill notes.

According to content partner Talk Business and Politics, Johnson said he sponsored the bill after hearing feedback from landlords in Craighead and Greene counties.

“My bill is a lower cost alternative that will help [landlords] get their property back,” Johnson told Talk Business and Politics.

A Pulaski County circuit judge found the state law - Arkansas Code Annotated 18-16-101 (c) on the issue "wholly unconstitutional" in early 2015, while a federal judge is currently looking at the issue as well, Talk Business and Politics reported.

The legislative session is set to start Jan. 9 in Little Rock. 

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