THE 2019 ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE REGULAR SESSION 

Update 3-7-209

I have a spreadsheet with all the email address you will need. Go the AR Legislator tab and you will find all the email address to the committees.

 

HOUSE BILLS

Judiciary Committee 

HB 1009 -Pulled

 HB1023  - ACT 187,  4th degree relative CAN NOT go to any function at school. Now this law will only people who can go are 1st and 2nd degree relatives. and great grandparents. Amend    Impact

HB1279  Grooming bill: Still in the House Jud. Committee.

HB1438: Video voyeurism- has passed both Committee

HB1540: Record can be seal-but not for register citizens. We are FOR this bill because maybe one day we will be added.

HB1635: AGAINST-Add more year. If you have ONE count against you than you will be fine, but if you have more then one count then your sentence will be for EACH count.  People who have Child porn...you have more than one count against you, this would add MORE years to your sentence. If you fails to register, will be a class C felony. This is a Nasty bill and we need to fight this one!!!!

 Aging, Children and Youth Committee   HB1237    Can't have custody of a child.  -  This one has been pulled

  • 1-30-19 Update on HB1237 got pulled. I had a chance to talk to Rep. Petty. She told me she will not run that bill again. So we don’t have to worry about it. I didn't have to testify and neither did Judge Crumpton. We had both signed up to testify against this bill. It was nice to visit with her and to find out we were on the same page on this bill. The House committees had lots of questions and you could tell very few were in favor of this bill. I talked to Rep.Petty afterwards, she told me she never liked this bill and it will be her pleasure to pull it and never bring it back. I’m going to take that as a hug​e​ win for our side.

SENATE BILLS

Judiciary Committee   

SB8  Passed the Senate, sitting in the House.  For level 3-4.  You can’t take a picture of any one under the age of 14 without some kind of  verbal permission from the parent. You can’t post a picture on any type of social media. The bill does not say anything about what kind of photos, this could be of a child playing outside,a kid playing sports, or even blowing bubbles. If this is not your child, you can not take a photo and post it on social media. Update: 1-16,  I testified and so did  criminal defense lawyer Jeff Rosenzweig.  After the session was over, channel 7 asked me for a interviewAmened 1  Amended 2   IMpact

 

SB10  Passed the Senate unamended, House made an amended and passed/ back in the Senate as a new amended.  Level 3-4.  This bill wants to take all the fun away from any parents who is a SO and wants to celebrate Halloween. We-(ATAT) have studies that show nothing has every happen on Halloween that was caused by a SO. We will try our best to fight this one. We will need emails saying how this will hurt families trying to have fun with their kids. The kids will be the ones who will be hurt by this one.   Amened   Impact

SB177   ACT 262....This bill is changing how many days you have to registered. Going from 7 days to 5 days. WE are in favor of this bill. I know.. hard to believe. =)   PASSED 2-12-19

SB183  Against- Has passed Senate, sitting in the House.   A level 2,3,and 4 can't hold a position of public trust" means as in the fire department, law enforcement agency, or emergency medical service agency.  Passed the Senate Judiciary committee.

SB207   Has been pulled because it is just like SB183.  Cant be a volunteer Fireman. Do I need to say anymore  (shaking my head)-- PASSED the Senate Judiciary committee.

 SB206  About getting off the register after 15 years. I don't like this one. A lot going on with this bill.  

  • Page 2, line 4. Should be 5 years or less. Would you want to move to Arkansas after being on the register for many years from another state and have to be on it for 15 more years,  just so you can prove you’re a decent person?  

  • If you get denied after you have petition to get off the registry, now you only have to wait ONE year but if this passes you will have to wait THREE year. Nasty bill

SB351- FOR, A Romeo and Juliet bill.  This bill looks good but really doesn't do anything.


Transport Committee  

SB107 Has passed both committee/ I 'm afraid this will open up a new way for them to pass a law to make special ID-Driver license----But this bill only does... can't have a special license plate to support law enforcement.-

 

Public Health ...Committee Senate

 SB164  Can't have a license to be a counselor.

HOMEWORK!

1. Send emails to the correct committee.  You can write a SHORT email or just put in the message line “vote no on SB#, or HB#?.  

2. Keep checking this website for any updates. I will post all the bills on this front page.  If you want to look up bills for your self but don’t know how. I have a detail, with pictures on How to look them up-go the the Legislature TAP to find it. 

3. Find out who is your Sentor and Representative are.

If you want to learn how to do a mail merge, watch this video. This tutor showed how. I have the speadsheet already made for you. Webmaster is going to make it where you can download it. but I am going to sent it to you by email, if you are on our mailinglist.  This will make it so much earier to send those email instead of copy and pasted each one. 

Lesson: Just in case you don't know how it work:

  1. You can email anyone on the committee. But when the bill goes to the full House or the full Senate, then you can only email the person who is representing your district. 

 

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Dont worry about:   HB1142, 1111, 1115, 1072 , 1430 -this are just clean up bills

 

2-8 Update:  I wanted to share with all of you today about a meeting. I was invited to a meeting this morning with mine   Representative (Rep. Hawks). He wanted to know more about how the assessment are conducted, What is the different between each level, and some of the impacted of the laws. I gave him our wish list, that I will attach here for you to read. I told him of two other Senators that are also open to what I have to say.  I do believe a door has open up for us. Rep. Hawks did tell me, he has a lot on his agenda this session. But if he is welling to work with us, we might be able to get something does next session.  I thank him for giving me the time to tell our stories. He told me thank you for being a voice for people who can't speak for themselves. Things are starting to look good for us. But we still need to get through session.