Arkansas House Bills 1032-1044; Unemployment, Guns, Going Green, Abortion, Fluoride, Taxes, Charter Schools, Budget, Eminent Domain and More.

unemployment

unemployment (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

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?

 

HB1032 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES TO CONDUCT REEMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.   D. Altes
HB1033 TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FUND.   D. Altes
HB1034 TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING PERSONS REQUIRED TO FILE A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL INTEREST.   D. Whitaker
HB1035 TO ALLOW TRAINED AND LICENSED STAFF AND FACULTY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN ON A UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.   D. Altes
HB1036 TO ENACT THE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG ACT; TO PROHIBIT A STORE FROM PROVIDING A SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT BAG TO A CUSTOMER; AND TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF REUSABLE BAGS.   D. Altes
HB1037 AN ACT TO CREATE THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.   Mayberry
HB1038 TO PROTECT CERTAIN WATER SYSTEMS AND TO EXEMPT CERTAIN CITIES FROM CHEMICAL ADDITIVE REQUIREMENTS.   D. Altes
HB1039 TO CREATE AN EXEMPTION FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX FOR UTILITIES USED BY QUALIFYING AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES AND QUALIFYING AQUACULTURE AND HORTICULTURE EQUIPMENT.   Wardlaw
HB1040 TO CREATE THE STATE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION.   Biviano
HB1041 TO LIMIT THE INCREASE IN GENERAL REVENUE EXPENDITURES FROM YEAR TO YEAR; TO CREATE A NEXUS BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF GENERAL REVENUE EXPENDITURES AND THE GROWTH OF GROSS GENERAL REVENUES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.   Westerman
HB1042 TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING EMINENT DOMAIN.   Bell
HB1043 TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW TO PERMIT A REWARD TO A STATE EMPLOYEE WHEN A REPORT UNDER THE ARKANSAS WHISTLE-BLOWER ACT RESULTS IN A SAVINGS OF STATE FUNDS.   Bell
HB1044 TO ENACT THE “MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT FAIRNESS ACT”.   Bell

 

2 thoughts on “Arkansas House Bills 1032-1044; Unemployment, Guns, Going Green, Abortion, Fluoride, Taxes, Charter Schools, Budget, Eminent Domain and More.

  1. on unemployment…
    1) for many people the UI office is not just around the corner, sometimes it is a 40 to 60 minutes drive time to get to an office.
    2) they already require you to document your job search and bring to office
    3) if there is no work in your area, there is no work
    4) .05% is yet another burden on tax payers when companies are still allowed to send work over seas when jobs are so needed in the states.

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