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Legislature Cuts Taxes While Balancing State Budget

Lawmakers completed work on tax cuts and prioritized spending by state agencies.

Legislature Enacts Numerous Changes to Arkansas Election Laws

The legislature has enacted numerous reforms to Arkansas election laws. The Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs reviews all proposed legislation that address elections. So far this session, the committee has received 49 bills specifically affecting polling places, absentee ballots, voter fraud and the handling of elections.

Arkansas Prohibits Gender Transition Medical Procedures on Children

Arkansas became the first state in the nation to prohibit physicians from performing gender transition procedures on minors, either through surgery or hormone therapy.

Senate Approves Reform of Water Systems

The legislature has approved a broad reform of the laws governing water providers, a measure that sponsors have been working on for the past four years.

Legislature Votes to Extend Session

The legislature voted to extend the 2021 session until April 30, and then to recess for an extended period rather than to adjourn.

Senate Votes to Grant Nurse Practitioners Independent Practicing Authority

The Senate has approved legislation to grant to certified nurse practitioners full and independent practice authority. The nurses would need about three years, or 6,240 hours, of practice under a collaborative agreement with a physician in order to earn the right to practice independently.

Senate Approves ARHOME, new version of Medicaid expansion

The Senate passed a new version of the Medicaid expansion program, which is one of the most important bills of this year’s session because of the number of people it benefits and the amount of money that it generates in Arkansas.

Legislature Enacts Near Total Ban on Abortions in Arkansas

Both chambers of the legislature have approved a bill that prohibits abortions, except if necessary to save the mother’s life in a medical emergency.

Senate Approves Broad Tax Relief Measure

The legislature has approved a broad tax relief measure for businesses that were affected by the pandemic.

House Bill 1361 exempts income that people and businesses received through numerous disaster relief programs, such as the popular Paycheck Protection Program.

Legislators File Proposed Constitutional Amendments

he deadline for legislators to file proposed constitutional amendments has passed, and the Senate and House Committees on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs will begin narrowing the list that will be placed on the next general election ballot.

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