Arkansas House Bills 1001-1011; Expenses, Taxes, Supplements, Redactions, Salsa and Natural Medicine

So…what’s the Arkansas House of Representatives up to during the session. So far they have 44 bills on the docket. Let’s take a look.

  • HB1001 pays for the House’s business. It costs us, the taxpayers, $2,160,800 to run the House of Representatives.
  • 1002 is just what it says in the table. You rape a woman and she gets pregnant, then you have no chance of custody or contact with the kid.
  • HB1003, the title reads like a tax cut but the body of the bill reads like it’s adding a tax. What do you think?

(1) Bagging and other packaging and tie materials sold to and
27 used by cotton gins in Arkansas for packaging or tying baled cotton are
28 exempt from the Arkansas gross receipts tax.;
29 (b) Gross receipts and gross proceeds derived from the sale of twine
30 which (2) Twine that is used in the production of tomato crops are exempt
31 from the Arkansas gross receipts tax.;

  • HB1004 is an income tax credit for parents with 300$ or 25% out-of-pocket costs for kids’ tuition, book fees, and laboratory fees required by the school.
  • HB1005 is a tax exemption from farm equipment repair and replacement parts.
  • HB1006 would make your dietary supplement be classified as food for tax purposes. Sounds bad, however, the food tax is being cut slowly (too slowly) to nothing.
  • HB1007 is a supposed reduction in the Capital Gains tax. It does exempt sales from the Income Tax Act of 1929. That law’s old, it needs to die. Repeal!
  • HB1008 strikes out this language from the law:(b) The program shall be designed to provide a centralized,
    23 coordinated effort for the development and dissemination of fair housing
    24 media products, including:
    25 (1) Public service announcements, both audio and video;
    26 (2) Television, radio, and print advertisements;
    27 (3) Posters; and
    28 (4) Pamphlets and brochures.
  • HB1009 changes one word. Any becomes an.

 “Disabled veteran” means any an American veteran who:

  • HB1010 makes it legal to make salsa in your home without the Department of Health glaring over your shoulder.
  • HB1011 grows government by requiring Naturopathic Practitioners get licensed to treat people. I know what you’re thinking.

What the hell is a Naturopathic Practitioner?

I had to look it up myself. It’s a person who uses a system of treating diseases without surgery or synthetic drugs. Instead they use herbs, special diets, vitamins, massage, etc. to assist your natural healing processes. And now they may be licensed.

There you go, the first eleven bills in the House. The full bills are in the table’s links and Arkansas’s bills are usually no more than 3 pages, double-spaced. Get involved, see anything that strikes a cord with you here?

HB1001 AN ACT FOR THE ARKANSAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2012-2013 FISCAL YEAR.   Carter
HB1002 TO TERMINATE ALL PARENTAL RIGHTS OF A PERSON CONVICTED OF RAPE TO A CHILD CONCEIVED AS A RESULT OF THE RAPE AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.   J. Edwards
HB1003 TO CREATE A SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION FOR BALE WRAP USED FOR COTTON.   Lenderman
HB1004 TO ESTABLISH AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR EDUCATION EXPENSES OF DEPENDENTS.   D. Altes
HB1005 TO EXEMPT REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR FARM EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY FROM THE GROSS RECEIPTS AND USE TAX.   D. Altes
HB1006 TO CLARIFY THE DEFINITION OF FOOD AND FOOD INGREDIENTS TO INCLUDE DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS FOR SALES AND USE TAX PURPOSES.   D. Altes
HB1007 TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS CAPITAL GAINS REDUCTION ACT OF 2013.   D. Altes
HB1008 TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FAIR HOUSING EDUCATION PROGRAM.   D. Altes
HB1009 TO REVISE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE TO DISABLED VETERANS.   D. Altes
HB1010 AN ACT TO INCLUDE HOMEMADE SALSA AMONG COTTAGE FOODS EXEMPT FROM REGULATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.   D. Altes
HB1011 AN ACT TO LICENSE NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONERS.
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