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
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Arkansas Gun Legislation Bills

A new Legislative Session has started in Arkansas, bills are being filed, plans are being made; so my attention will be local for awhile. That’s where the real difference is made. We have two gun bills filed already that I know of.

SB71: The Church Protection Act

(16)(A) Any church or other place of worship.
(B) However, this subchapter does not preclude a church or other
place of worship from determining who may carry a concealed handgun into the
church or other place of worship;

The link here. This Bill lifts the churches from the Prohibited Places for Concealed Carry. However it gives the churches the rightful ability to say no if they wish.

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.

The link to that is here. One small step towards campus carry, who also have the option of saying no. I don’t like Gun-Free zones decided on by government, those who own these places are the ones with the right to decide. It’s the principle of “I own this property and what I do with it is my right so long as no one is physically harmed by me.”

Please contact your state Senator and Representative and urge him or her to support SB 71 and HB 1035. And keep an eye on the committees, that’s where the bills live and die.

Let Freedom Ring in Arkansas, Its Up To Us To Get Involved

In the Arkansas Senate there is a Senator with a stellar idea. Sen. Jason Rapert is proposing a Constitutional Amendment called “The Taxpayer Protection Amendment”. You can read it here.

It forces the Legislature to have a 3/4 majority in both houses to raise or pass a tax increase, but only a simple majority to cut the tax. Just one problem, it has to get through the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs first. That committee’s page is here.

Email these Senators, and tell them to pass it onto the Floor for a vote to add it to the ballot for us to vote on. Instead of griping about your taxes, get involved, or shut up. I have no patience for those who complain and do nothing about it.

Another pro-gun bill is up for a vote. Meet SB115, read it here. This bill prevents the Governor from declaring a State of Emergency and seizing your guns. Like they did to New Orleans after Katrina. This bill is currently up for vote in the Committee on CITY, COUNTY & LOCAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, but its not on the schedule. This is their page here. Tell them to vote it to the Floor and then pass it. Maybe we can get one pro-gun bill passed.