Now we’ll look at a select few of the Arkansas Senate’s Bills. So far over 150 have been filed.
- SB2 will be a hard fought bill.
(d)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (d)(2) and subsection (e) of this section, any person desiring to vote in this state shall:
(A) Present proof of identity to the election official when appearing to vote in person either early or at the polls on election day; or
(B) When voting by mail, submit with the ballot a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
(2)(A) A person who is a resident of a licensed nursing home, licensed residential care facility, licensed assisted-living facility, or any licensed facility that provides long-term medical or personal care is not required to provide proof of identity before voting.
(B) A person not required to provide proof of identity under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section shall provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.
And if you don’t have ID it will be noted and you’ll be given a provisional ballot and will be counted when the voter returns to the county board of election commissioners by 12:00 p.m. on the Monday following the election and: Provides proof of identity; or executes an affidavit stating that the voter cannot provide proof of identity because the voter: is indigent; or has a religious objection to being photographed; and the voter has not been challenged or required to vote a provisional ballot for any other reason. Now I like this idea, since I have to show an ID to buy a gun, and politicians send people to war to kill and die all the time, and coerce and threaten violence on the voter and non-voter alike. It’s not something to be taken lightly.
- SB4 deals with special elections for millage increases, with the paperwork provided by the Board of Elections for that county and the college foots the bill for the election.
- SB5 is short. Here:
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 26-61-103 is amended to read as follows:
26-61-103. Levy of tax.
There is levied on all timberlands in this state an annual tax of fifteen cents (15¢) twenty cents (20¢) per acre to be collected in the manner provided in under this chapter for deposit into the State Treasury for credit to the State Forestry Fund as special revenues to be used for the maintenance, operation, and improvement of the Arkansas Forestry Commission in its statewide program for the detection, prevention, and suppression of forest fires.
- SB10 is now Act 4 and appropriates $10,000,000.00 for Disaster Assistance Grants.
- SB12 prohibits Level 3 and 4 sex offenders from being around kids at the pool or playground. My question is how would you know?
- SB13 keeps you from being investigated by PeTA or the Humane Society.5-62-128. Improper animal investigation.
(a) A person who is not a certified law enforcement officer who knowingly conducts an investigation, including collection of evidence into alleged claims of criminal conduct involving an animal by another person or entity, or coerces a person to surrender his or her personal property through threat of criminal investigation or prosecution related to alleged claims of criminal conduct involving an animal by another person or entity upon conviction is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(b) A person who is convicted under this section also shall be liable for a civil penalty of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per incident as well as the loss of any state-issued license to operate.
These were the biggest Bills I wanted to highlight due to the large number of Bills filed now. The Legislature would be out of session by the time I was done.
|SB2||AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT A VOTER PROVIDE PROOF OF IDENTITY WHEN VOTING AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD.||B. King|
|SB4||TO ASSIST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN ACQUIRING FUNDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; TO SPECIFY THE PROCEDURE FOR INSTITUTING MILLAGE ELECTIONS; TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO CLARIFY THE LAW; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.||B. Sample|
|SB5||TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE ARKANSAS FORESTRY COMMISSION AND TO INCREASE THE TAX LEVIED UNDER THE FOREST FIRE PROTECTION TAX ACT OF 1969.||B. Sample|
|SB10||AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION – DISBURSING OFFICER SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION.||Joint Budget Committee|
|SB12||TO PROHIBIT LEVEL 3 OR LEVEL 4 SEX OFFENDERS FROM BEING AT A SWIMMING AREA OR CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND CONTAINED WITHIN AN ARKANSAS STATE PARK; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.||Irvin|
|SB13||PROVIDING LEGAL PROTECTION TO ANIMAL OWNERS AND THEIR ANIMALS AND TO ENSURE THAT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVESTIGATE CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.||J. Hutchinson|