Senate Bill 2 to 13; Voter I.D, College Millage Increases, Taxes, Disasters, Sex Offenders and Telling PeTA To Back Off

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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

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

 

When The Nuts Run The Asylum and You Voted For Them

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English: President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You ever hear someone say Congress and the President are  nuts? There may be more truth to the statement than you’re going to be comfortable with. In fact, most of them are psychopaths.

A bold statement I know. I found this link How To Spot a Psychopath and just about every politician I’ve seen have these psychopathic traits. Let’s take a look…

  • Look for glibness and superficiality in interpersonal relations. Psychopaths can be charming and appear to be likable. They often have good verbal skills; they can be entertaining, funny and witty. They tend to use these skills to make themselves look good and to manipulate others to their own advantage.

Campaign season anyone?

  • Look for egocentric and grandiose behavior. Psychopaths are extremely self-centered and may greatly overestimate their importance and sometimes their abilities. This narcissism and exaggerated sense of self-worth appears to contribute to their tendency to live by their own rules and to ignore commonly accepted concepts of right and wrong.

Using pork barrel spending to build monuments to their “legacies”. Using the nation’s military as the world’s cop. Taxes is fine, but theft is wrong. Murder is illegal but bombing innocents in another country is collateral damage.

Ring a bell?

  • Look for signs of an inability to feel remorse or guilt. Lacking a conscience, a psychopath cannot “feel bad” after hurting someone. He cannot relate to your pain but may rationalize his actions or make excuses for it if he has to. A psychopath might just as easily deny an action or dismiss it as unimportant no matter how much trouble it has caused others.

See above, and also think about this. What terms are thrown around a lot?

“Fair share” “Social Contract” “For the (insert group)”

  • Look for lack of empathy. A psychopath cannot relate to the feelings of other people. Others’ suffering, hardship, despair, or pain does not elicit sympathy. In place of empathy is a cold indifference to the feelings and suffering of others. The intense interest a psychopath has for herself is never extended to others.
  • Look for signs of deceitfulness and manipulative behavior. There is no reason for a psychopath not to lie and they do whenever they think it will help them. In fact, Hare reports that they often seem to lie with pride. If a lie is uncovered, the psychopath will simply change his story or lie more in an attempt get away with the original deceit.

Have you ever seen Congress in action? The words, and actions combined. A politician’s records, rhetoric, etc?

  • Look for shallow emotions. Just as they lack consciences, psychopaths lack deep and true feelings. They may fake superficial feelings to manipulate others but they can’t relate to them on an emotional level. Unable to experience the depth of emotion most people feel, psychopaths can appear cold, like a predator surveying its surroundings looking for prey.

Looking at this criteria, you’ll have a hard time convincing me that my local politicians aren’t psychopaths.

Are yours?

Guilty Until Proven Innocent in Paragould

And I thought New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg was bad. Never considered a Mayor in Arkansas would take his idea and escalate it.

http://www.paragoulddailypress.com/articles/2012/12/15/top_story/doc50cbbb312e241511092932.txt

What are your thoughts on this small town police state? Is everyone guilty until proven innocent? Apparently so. The ACLU will love this if it goes through.

Time For A Change In Tactics In The War of Ideas

I learned a lesson last Tuesday. On a national scale, pushing back big government and statism is like a minnow swimming up a open dam gate. You’ll be washed downstream.

So what to do? I’m disheartened that Obama won reelection. Even though Romney is a statist I figured America was smarter than giving the incumbent another term.

I was wrong. Gary Johnson, a candidate who supports right and left views but leaves it for the individual to decide, not the government set a record of between 1% and 2%. 

Depressing and demanding of a change in tactics. Ground up. So I’m changing focus, instead of trying to stick a needle in the government leviathan, I’ll stay closer to home. Locally, no bigger than state level. It effects me quicker, and I can make a difference. Where my needle prick is felt.

Like a small fire, I’ll try to spread Libertarianism in Arkansas. Now if people across the 50 states do the same with activism, electing Libertarian candidates, and make a difference; then it’ll grow. And the two party power struggle will take notice and pander. Just know, it’ll be talk only. Just push them out of the way by winning over voters by actually standing by and articulating principles. The  closest thing to a Libertarian state is New Hampshire due to the Free State Project. Though strategically picked, its an example to follow.

Then, with a majority of ‘free’ states, we can make a national difference. So, you gonna bitch, or do something about it?

The Presidential Election, What It Means and Libertarians

First Off. Let’s break down the state of the country. Before Election Day, we had a GOP House Majority, Democrat Senate, and a Democrat President.

That didn’t change. Status quo was preserved.

But Obama can load the Supreme Court!

I’ll get to that later. Secondly, before you blame Gary Johnson and the Libertarians, consider this.

  • They’re are more 3rd Parties than just us. In fact 28 other people ran!  Roseanne Barr did well in Florida, she got 48,776 votes overall.
  • Romney never had my vote, it wasn’t stolen. I’m not a lemming who moves with the tide off a cliff. After a reasoned decision I may move in the same direction. But I am a sovereign individual, no one is entitled to anything of mine, including my vote.
  • The fault lies with Republicans, you guys seriously have to pick better candidates than McCain, and Romney. They’re Obama Lite, zero calories. People are told to vote their conscience, and you’re surprised that they don’t vote for a lesser evil because it’s still evil?

Back to the Supreme Court issue, which ties into unjust laws. Just because it’s illegal, doesn’t make it right. Resist. As I wrote in Growls your rights aren’t being taken, you’re giving them away when you obey. Take that as you will.

Congrats America, you voted back in a murderer (drone strikes), thief (taxes), peeping tom (drones, PatriotAct), who has the power to toss you in jail indefinitely (NDAA). You deserve your chains. You don’t have my pity, like an addict America has proven it has to hit rockbottom to either get better, or die. You brought it on yourselves.

Getting of my soapbox now. Alright, how did Gary Johnson do last night? In Arkansas he got 2%, we need 3%. That’s  15,086 with 95% reporting. I was one of those votes. My conscience is clear. Nationwide he got 1,145,778 votes or 1%. Link is here

Now let’s see how my votes and friends did in Arkansas. Link is here

Ballot Issues

Sales Tax for Highways: Issue 1 passed with 58% or 584,738 votes. I was robbed by majority.

Local Development Bonds: Issue 2 failed with 57% against or 544,993 votes. I’m happy.

Medical Marijuana: Issue 5 failed with 51% against or 525,632 votes. Much tighter  than I expected.

Around Home

John Staley (R) won Lonoke County Sheriff. I’m happy.

House of Representatives

Jessica Paxton (LP) got 3% or 6,364 in the House District 1.

Chris Hayes (LP) got 2% or 6,688 in District 2.

David Pangrac (LP) got 8% or 18,773 in District 3. As an aside Green Party candidate Rebekah Green got 16%. This is with 83% reporting.

Bobby Tullis (LP) got 2% or 4,823 in District 4.

State Senate

Frank Gilbert (LP) got 3% or 1,001 in District 13.

David Dinwiddie (LP) got 17% (wow) or 3,969 in District 25.

Glen Schwarz (LP) got 14% (wow) or 3,912 in District 31. He also ran for City Director in Little Rock and got 13.74% or 8,900 votes.

State House of Representatives

Debrah Standiford (LP) got 3% or 393 votes in District 38.

Rodger Paxton (LP) got 21% (wow) or 1,730 votes in District 51.

Saline County Judge

Gordon Hall (LP) got 18.94% or 7,694 votes.

Justice of the Peace

Crystal Pangrac (LP) got 7.1% or 103 v0tes in Crawford County.

Brian Leach (LP) got 21.71% or 926 votes in Sebastian County.

Constables

Libertarians ran but I don’t see their results.

Before you laugh at the numbers, I wish I could convince my ideas in Growls Of A Wolf were worth checking out. They earned it. And remember, “It takes a single voice to start a revolution.” Thorin

Arkansas’s Issue 5: Medical Marijuana and My Thoughts

We have an issue in Arkansas to vote for on Election Day. Legalizing Medical Marijuana, and in a Bible Belt state its hotly contested. You can read it all here at the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website.

Now we have a few groups fighting tooth and nail against it. Such as The state Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Arkansas Family Council and the Arkansas Pharmacists Association.

Though it pays to remember that Sheriff’s are politicians and Police Chief’s are political appointees. The Family Council is a socially conservative Christian organization and Pharmaceutical companies would lose money. Just to see where their principles come from.

In this story here Arkansans For Compassionate Care argue for it.

Now here’s my take: Do you want anyone telling you what to put in your body for any reason. Be it a 16oz Coke ban ala NYC Mayor Bloomberg, salt, etc. You can get fat and that’s bad for your health after all.

Same applies to pot. I don’t partake, I tried it in school, it did nothing for me. Besides I like my brain doing 110mph. But that’s just me. As long as you’re not  physically harming another, it doesn’t matter. And if their’s a chance to  ease someone’s pain, who are you to keep that away from them.

Something to think about.