2017 Ranking of the 91st General Assembly

2017 Ranking of the 91st General Assembly

Regular and Special Sessions– January-May 2017

By  Conduit for Commerce

June 13, 2017

 

Much like any specific vote, scoring of votes by Conduit for Commerce (CFC) is not an exact science as some bills have a greater impact on Arkansas if passed.  However, the weekly pre-vote publications (score cards) released during the Regular Session by Conduit for Action (CFA) referencing specific bills is reflective of the measure used in CFC’s final vote tallies.

Likewise, only bills which reflect the focus and mission of CFC are taken into account when deriving these rankings.  Therefore, our scoring is weighted for principles based upon the following preferred outcomes:

  • Reduces the size of government,
  • Reduces dependency on government, and/or
  • Reduces spending by government.

Votes cast by legislators on bills on the floor and during committees (when known) are all considered.  In total 30 Senate floor votes, along with three supportive committee votes, were scored.  For the members of the House of Representatives, 35 floor votes and 13 committee votes were included in the scoring.

It is believed that the methods used by CFC will ultimately yield a better assessment of the pattern of voting by a specific senator or house member.  It is our goal to assist voters as they measure differences in their expectations and results.  Ultimately our intent is that the voting pattern of these elected officials, as they relate to the above principles, is made clear.

Likewise, as the methods and results of the CFC rankings are compared to other groups, differences may be noted.  These differences should be filtered with the understanding that CFC is an Arkansas founded and small business focused organization, which not only understands the fiscal impact of these bills, but is able to use knowledge and background regarding directly related issues which may not be apparent to national groups.

(Note: Floor votes on bills reflected at the following government site: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/SearchCenter/Pages/historicalbil.aspx  This is the third Regular Session Report Card, starting in 2013, published by Conduit for Commerce.  For more information contact brenda@conduitforcommerce.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Senate Bills Scored

2017-91st AR General Assembly-SENATE:30 Floor/3 Committee Votes
SB120 - OPPOSE - retired military income tax exemption; new tax on digital products; tax cut on soda syrup; tax increase on candy/soda; new inc tax on unemployment benefits; funds Medicaid Trust Fund $5.9 MM/yr; Net revenue generation bill.
HB1162 - OPPOSE - retired military income tax exemption; new tax on digital products; tax cut on soda syrup; tax increase on candy/soda; new inc tax on unemployment benefits; funds Medicaid Trust Fund $5.9MM/yr; Net revenue generation bill .
SB140 - OPPOSE - Internet Sales Tax
HB1267 - OPPOSE - Tire Fees / Tax Increase
HB1405 - SUPPORT - Unemployment Tax Cut
HB1621 - SUPPORT - Requires school board electinos be held at general election
HJR1016 - SUPPORT - Voter I.D.
SB175 - SUPPORT - Medicaid Disclosure-Medicaid providers disclose doing business w/elected officials
SB373 - OPPOSE - FOIA exemption for government attorney work product
SB373 - OPPOSE - FOIA exemption for government attorney work product - Concur in Amendment
SB512 - SUPPORT - Repeal one regulation for every new regulation
SB723 - - SUPPORT - Special elections reform-limiting them
SB726 - SUPPORT - Ethics reform - prohibits legislators who are attorneys/consultants from running bills for clients
HJR1003 - OPPOSE - Constitutional Amendments Changes to number of votes required etc
SB102 - SUPPORT - limits fine for no seatbelts to $25
SB331 - OPPOSE - Economic Development appropriation - $50M to Gov. Quick Action Closing Fund
SB362 - SUPPORT - Repeals InvestArk; phases out tax on business inputs
SB601 - SUPPORT - Repeals prevailing wage law
SB688 - OPPOSE - Big River Steel Tax Credits
SB727 - SUPPORT - Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
SB746 - SUPPORT - School Choice - Eduction Savings Accounts
SJR8 - OPPOSE - Bad Tort Reform (limits recovery, atty fees, and gives power from S Ct over rules & court procedure to Legislature)
HB1010 - SUPPORT - Publishing PAC reports, exploratory committees, independent expenditure committees online
HB1034 - OPPOSE - Excessive licensing on hearing aid dispensers
HB1126 - SUPPORT - Exempts hate offense litigation in employer-employee relationship
HB1272 - SUPPORT - Microbrewery production caps increased
HB1427 - SUPPORT - Requires electronic filing of campaign finance reports - provides searchable database
HB1462 - SUPPORT - SNAP benefit waivers approved by legislature
SB514 - SUPPORT - apprentice plumber deregulation
SB86 - OPPOSE - adds continuing education for HVACR licensees
Committee Votes:
SB726 - SUPPORT - ethics reform - prohibits attorneys/consultants from running bills for clients - Committee Vote
SJR10 - SUPPORT - Fair Ballot Titles Committee Vote
SJR8- OPPOSE - Bad Tort Reform- Committee Vote
SPECIAL SESSION:
SB5 - Moving Tobacco Trust $$ into Long Term Reserve Fund - OPPOSE
SB3 - Medicaid Expansion Waivers - OPPOSE
SB4 - AHIM Prohibition (Insurance Exch); Subcommittee Shifted to ALC Committee - OPPOSE

2017 House Bills Scored

2017-91st AR General Assembly-HOUSE: 35 Floor/13 Committee Votes
HB1161 - OPPOSE - Creates new refundable earned income tax credit
HB1162 - OPPOSE - retired military income tax exemption; new tax on digital products; tax cut on soda syrup; tax increase on candy/soda; new inc tax on unemployment benefits; funds Medicaid Trust Fund $5.9MM/yr; Net revenue generation bill .
HB1267 - OPPOSE - Tire Fees / Tax Increase - Vote 1
HB1267 - OPPOSE - Tire Fees / Tax Increase - Vote 2
HB1405 - SUPPORT - Unemployment Tax Cut
HB1465 - SUPPORT - Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Freeze
HB1621 - SUPPORT - Requires school board elections be held at general election
HB1726 - OPPOSE - Highway tax proposal - bond issue
HB1726 - OPPOSE - Highway tax proposal - bond issue - Expungement Vote 1
HB1726 - OPPOSE - Highway tax proposal - bond issue - Expungement Vote 2
HB1835 - SUPPORT - Adopt least restrictive rules in reciprocity licensing
HJR1016 - SUPPORT - Voter I.D.
SB140 - OPPOSE - Internet Sales Tax
SB373 - OPPOSE - FOIA exemption for government attorney work product
SB723 - - SUPPORT - special elections reform
HB1222 - SUPPORT - School Choice and Education Savings Accounts
HJR1003 - OPPOSE - Constitutional Amendments Changes
SB331 - OPPOSE - Economic Development appropriation - $50M to Gov. Quick Action Closing Fund
SB362 - SUPPORT - Repeals InvestArk; phases out tax on business inputs
SB601 - SUPPORT - repeals prevailing wage law
SB688 - OPPOSE - Big River Steel Tax Credits
SB746 - SUPPORT - School Choice - Eduction Savings Accounts
SJR8 - OPPOSE - Bad Tort Reform
SJR8 - OPPOSE - Bad Tort Reform - SUPPORT -Gazaway Amendment Floor Vote
HB1010 - SUPPORT - Publishing PAC reports, exploratory committees, independent expenditure committees online
HB1034 - OPPOSE - Excessive licensing on hearing aid dispensers
HB1126 - SUPPORT - Exempts hate offense litigation in employer-employee relationship
HB1272 - SUPPORT - Microbrewery production caps increased
HB1427 - SUPPORT - electronic filing campaign finance reports - searchable database
HB1462 - SUPPORT - SNAP benefit waiers approved by legislature
HB1757 - OPPOSE - Excessive regulation on catering services
SB514 - SUPPORT - apprentice plumber deregulation
Committee Votes:
HB1465 - SUPPORT - Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Freeze - Committee Vote
HB1621 - SUPPORT - Requires school board elections be held at general election - Committee Vote
SB140 - OPPOSE - Internet Sales Tax - Committee Vote 1
SB140 - OPPOSE - Internet Sales Tax - Committee Vote 3
SB175 Medicaid Disclosure-Committee Vote 1 (Do Not Pass)
SB175 Medicaid Disclosure-Committee Vote 2 (Do Pass)
SB175 Medicaid Disclosure-Committee Vote 3 (Do Pass)
HB1222 - SUPPORT - School Choice and Education Savings Accounts Committee Vote 1
HB1222 - SUPPORT - School Choice and Education Savings Accounts Committee Vote 2
HB1551 - SUPPORT - protections against unnecessary regulation and misuse of occupational licensing Committee Vote
SB746 - SUPPORT - School Choice - Eduction Savings Accounts - Committee Vote
SJR8 - OPPOSE - Bad Tort Reform - Committee Vote
SPECIAL SESSION:
SB5 - Moving Tobacco Trust $$ into Long Term Reserve Fund - OPPOSE
SB3 - Medicaid Expansion Waivers - OPPOSE
SB4 - AHIM Prohibition (Insurance Exch); Subcommittee Shifted to ALC Committee - OPPOSE

 

Any typographical errors will be promptly corrected.

 

 

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