Week 6 in Review: Arkansas’ 91st General Assembly
Earlier this week, the House Revenue & Taxation Committee – comprised of 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats – failed to pass SB140, which would require the collection of sales and use tax on online purchases.
The bill failed to get out of committee on a 6-2 vote, with 9 members not voting and three members absent. The bill needs 11 votes to pass, and will be brought back before the committee for a second vote.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 21-10 to refer a constitutional amendment to Arkansas voters that would place limits on punitive and non-economic damages. The amendment, which has yet to be approved by the House of Representatives, would also limit contingency fees and allow the Legislature to approve rules and procedures for state courts.
The House State Agencies & Governmental Affairs Committee approved a resolution allowing Arkansas to call a Convention of the States under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. However, the resolution failed on the House floor by a vote of 32-56.
Also this week, a bill was filed by two state senators concerning gender identity and bathroom privileges. The bill is expected to be similar to one recently filed in Texas and passed in North Carolina. Governor Hutchinson sees the bill as “unnecessary and potentially harmful.”
The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday.
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