The legislature referred three proposed constitutional amendments to Arkansas voters. In next year’s statewide general election in November, voters will decide whether or not the three amendments are written into the state Constitution.
Legislators Bring 2021 Regular Session to an End with Extended Recess
The legislature brought the 2021 regular session to a close with a dramatic midnight meeting to approve a Sovereignty Act, which declares new federal laws invalid if they infringe on the right to bear arms.
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.