Last bit of looking at the House Bills. As you can see Denny Altes is a busy man. Let’s see what he’s proposing.
- HB1032 would require anyone on unemployment to attend a meeting every two weeks to make sure they looked for work, and their plans for the next two weeks on the job hunt. I have two thoughts on this initially: it’ll cut down on abuse of the unemployment rolls and all those meetings will get expensive.
- HB1033 is another bill on unemployment. This one will require employers to withhold 0.5% of your wages for unemployment. Right now it’s the businesses paying that particular tax.
- HB1034 is a bit vague. Looks like it deals with lobbyists but I am unsure.
- HB1035 I covered here last week.
- HB1036 would force you to use either a paper bag or buy a “green” reusable bag you bring from home, after you bought it from the store.
8-9-704. Single-use carryout bag – Prohibition.
A store shall:
(1) Not provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer; and
(2) Make reusable bags available for purchase by a customer.
As you can imagine I disagree with this. While the reasoning is valid, the execution takes away the freedom of choice.
- HB1037 takes the ban on late-term abortions and moves it up towards in the middle of the second trimester at 20 weeks. This will make for interesting committee hearings.
- HB1038 tackles the issue of flouridiztion. It doesn’t ban it, but allows you to wait until you have money to pay for it, unless you serve a city with a population between eighty thousand (80,000) and less than one hundred thousand (100,000).
- HB1039 exempts from sales and use taxes farms, ranches, poultry houses, etc. within the limits defined in the bill.
- HB1040 takes oversight from the state’s Department of Education over Charter Schools and gives it to the newly formed State Public Charter School Commission. The State Public Charter School Commission is established as an independent state commission with statewide jurisdiction and authority under the Arkansas Quality Public Charter Schools Act of 2013. My question is how soon will this be politicized and charter schools become watered down?
- HB1041 is a step in the right direction as far as the state budget is concerned.
(B) The general revenue expenditures for each fiscal year do not exceed the lesser of the following:
(i) An increase of three percent (3%) over the total general revenue expenditures of all state agencies and institutions of higher education for the previous fiscal year; and
(ii)(a) The average rate of change of the state gross domestic product for the preceding three (3) fiscal years.
- HB1042 deals with eminent domain by only getting private property by coercion for only government agencies, parks, utilities, pipelines and this disturbing tidbit, other common carriers. What’s that? The plus, city hall can’t take your land so a Walmart can be built there.
- HB1043 would give a reward to someone who uncovers substantial waste that can be cut, saving the state money. Maybe they’ll let me keep more of my money since the cuts would be made? I’m not holding my breath.
- HB1044 would reimburse anyone using their private vehicle for state business for 42¢ a mile instead of a percentage.
Whew, I’m done with the House Bills for now. Any of these disturb you?