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.
Legislation Protects Businesses from Actions of Customers
Businesses would not be penalized by state regulators for violating Covid-19 restrictions because of the behavior of their customers, under legislation passed by the Arkansas Senate.
Senate Votes to Exempt Unemployment Benefits from State Income Tax
The Senate has voted to exempt last year’s unemployment benefits from state income taxes, to help people who lost their jobs because of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.