12-28-18

   THE 2019 ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE REGULAR SESSION

 

Arkansas Time After Time will be a presenced and will be hard at work during the upcoming 2019 Regular Legislative session. The legislators have already filed 5 bills so far on the sex offender issues.

We allready have our work cut out for us. We will need to start sending out our email by Jan 14.  What we have learned from past session is our growing visibility has helped us make a more recognizable impact. This visibility includes more ATAT members or their families letting their current representatives and senators know they—we—opposed many of the SO bills, and why we opposed them, as well as why we supported other bills.

Bill HB 1009  , HB1023  These 2 bills are almost the same, They want to change some small words to it.  This is just a clean up bill. Which mean we can't stop this bill becasue it is already a law, they are just changeing some of the the wording. The only thing we can fight is any thing that is underline. 

SB8  New bill- For level 3-4. Mine only concern is, a parents taken pictures of their own child to be use as any family member would take a picture of a child.

SB10  New bill- 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.

  Our work becomes better, stronger, and more effective with as many members as possible working with us.  If you are not yet a member, or you want to help us advance good ideas and laws, and block the bad ones, let ATAT know right away.  Become part of our work—help us to help you all the more, all the better.  

The more people we have helping, the better. I need people to look up bills, know how to read them. We also need people to send emails to the Senators to let them know we don't like that bill. Please tell your family and friends about us, The more people we have, The louder our voice will be.

Carla Swanson

501-444-2424

 

1-16-19 SB8 Update

I was expecting today to be a meet and greet kind of day. It was but then they decided to start listening to bills. Only 2 bills on the agenda and guess what... both are SO bills.  SB 8 & 10. They only talked about SB8 “can’t take a photo or a recording of someone under the age of 14 if you are a level 3 or 4.  I testified and so did  criminal defense lawyer Jeff Rosenzweig. After the session was over, channel 7 asked me for an interview.  I was on the news at 6pm 

We need to start sending emails as soon as we can. After today, the next time they will meet is next Wednesday. 
The House side will met tomorrow. On the agenda is HB 1009/1023.  I will not testify in front of the House. It is a waste of my time. They will not listen to me at all. But we can sent them email. Jeff will be there to testify for the law side of it.

SB8. Is too broad in the wording. You can’t take a picture of any one under the age of 14 without some kind of  verbal permission from the parent   But what if you are the parents?  You can’t post a picture on any type of social media  you can’t post a picture on any type of social media.  This can be any type of photo. Child playing outside, opening presents on their birthday, etc. you can take the photo but can’t post it on social media.  This law MIGHT effect 1% of AR SO but I bet it is even less then that. So why..FEAR!