Friday, February 27, 2015

Arkansas: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in Legislature

by NRA-ILA : The Arkansas Legislature's 90th General Assembly has seen a number of firearm-related bills introduced that should be of interest to law-abiding gun owners, and your NRA is working closely with bill sponsors and other legislators to ensure we will advance our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Natural State.

House Bill 1190, introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer (R-28), has already passed and been signed into law. This law removes the restriction on obtaining a concealed carry permit from those Arkansas residents between the ages of 18 and 21 who are active members of the United States Armed Forces, members of the National Guard or a reserve component of the US Armed Forces, and former members of the US Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged.

NRA remains in support of House Bill 1077, introduced by state Representative Charlie Collins (R-84), which would allow staff members of public colleges and universities with valid Right to Carry permits to carry a firearm for personal protection while on school property. While this bill failed to pass out of the House Committee on Education on February 5, it remains technically viable.

In addition to these bills, the following legislation has also been introduced:

House Bill 1203, introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer, and House Bill 1240, introduced by state Representative Dwight Tosh (R-52), both seek to make improvements to the existing Castle Doctrine law in Arkansas. These bills have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 1372, introduced by state Representative David Meeks (R-70), would remove the absolute prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm on school property for private K-12 schools and allow those schools to establish policies regarding the scope of who may carry a concealed firearm on school property. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education.

Senate Bill 159, introduced by state Senator Linda Collins-Smith (R-19), would remove the prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm into a county courthouse for employees who have a concealed handgun license. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 573, introduced by state Senator Alan Clark (R-13), seeks to prevent employers from prohibiting an employee with a valid concealed handgun license from storing their lawful firearms in the employee's locked vehicle while parked in the employer's parking lot. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 612, introduced by state Senator Jon Woods (R-7), seeks to remove the restriction on law-abiding, permanent U.S. residents who are not citizens from obtaining an Arkansas concealed handgun license. This legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please contact the members of the committees where these bills have been introduced and urge them to work with NRA to ensure the rights of Arkansas' law-abiding gun owners are protected and strengthened.

NRA is working with several other legislators on introducing additional pro-gun reforms, and we will alert you to additional developments as they arise.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boozman Calls FCC Decision to Regulate Web “Outdated, Heavy-Handed”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision to regulate Internet service as a public utility: “Once again Washington bureaucrats think the solution to a problem is additional regulations and once again they are wrong. The growth that we have witnessed in e-commerce and mobile technology has come about as a result of innovative answers to market demands, not heavy-handed government mandates. This outdated approach will only stifle future technological advances, open the door to costly litigation and ultimately lead to job losses in an industry that should be creating the next generation of career opportunities.”Background: In 3-2 party-line decision, the FCC ruled that it will regulate Internet service like a utility. The vote puts an end to rulemaking period prompted by a federal appeals court ruling last January, which tossed out previous regulations dating from 2010.

Also Read: Boehner and McConnell Condemns FCC’s Move to Put Internet Under Control of Federal Bureaucrats

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Shine light on the Arkansas Budget Process: Live-Stream Joint Budget Committee

by David Ferguson, Conduit for Action: Several years ago the Arkansas House of Representative began live streaming its proceedings and committee meetings (most committees). Every session since, there is talk about the Senate also providing live streaming but the talk hasn’t gotten anywhere.

It would be helpful to have live steaming from the Senate, but there is another streaming project that would be very helpful to the public and to legislators as well. Perhaps this other project wouldn’t have as much Senate opposition.

Live stream the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees (especially the Special Language Subcommittee).

Why JBC and its subcommittees?
  • Joint Budget is the most important committee of any legislative session.
  • Legislators who are not on the committee are sometimes left scrambling to find information on appropriation bills and the Revenue Stabilization Act. A decade or two ago non-members of the committee formed the “White Lights” in the House of Representatives and voted present on budget bills until they got better budget briefings. (Perhaps their success is why the House later changed the present button from white to an amber or yellow color.)
  • It is more difficult to follow changes in appropriation bills because items of appropriation are exempt from the rule requiring a markup of changes. This means you have to refer to budget books and find old appropriation acts in order to see the changes in the numbers.
  • State programs have been created or transferred in budget bills and over the years special provisions in budget bills have created great advantages or disadvantages for special interests.
  • Regular bills have to go through committee hearings in both chambers, but JBC bills only have to get out of JBC and the committee hearing process is over.
  • Many substantive law sections have been added to budget bills that would have gone to other committees, if the provision had been introduced as a separate bill. Sometimes it is used as a way to sidestep a less friendly committee.
  • There is much public misunderstanding about the budget process and what goes on in the committee.
  • Live-streaming meetings of the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees is a much easier to accomplish than the bigger project of live-steaming Senate proceedings.
If you have attended pre-session budget hearings you have likely been in several meetings where legislative attendance was low. Wouldn’t it be helpful if the testimony of agency personnel in those hearings were available to the public and legislators?

The House Committee on Transportation uses the Special Language Subcommittee room in the Big Mac Building. Because it uses this room, the House Transportation Committee is not live-streamed. If the Joint Budget Committee provided live streaming of this subcommittee then the House Transportation Committee could also provide video.

Is there a downside to live-streaming JBC meetings?
When the House began live-streaming there were a lot of concerns about legislative video being used as a “gotcha” tool and about some legislators becoming a camera hog. Those have not turned out to be big issues. The legislature even passed a law saying the video can’t be used in political or campaign advertising or for commercial purposes.

With the ability to watch House video, I been able to see some very good speeches and sometimes have come away with a more positive impression of the proceedings than what I would have presumed from just looking at the vote record. And, yes there have been some state agency personnel who have testified before JBC who need to be seen on video so everyone can remind them what they claimed in committee.

What steps would be necessary to get JBC meetings online?
Approval: What kind of approval is needed? A bill? A Resolution? The process could be as simple as the Speaker of the House and Senate Pro Tempore checking with their colleagues and then instructing legislative staff to move forward with the project.

Live-streaming: The legislature already has a great head start on accomplishing live-streaming of JBC meetings. The House has a great media room for controlling and processing of video of other committee meetings. The House already has a contract with Granicus to provide media online. The committee rooms used by the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees already have good sound systems. In fact when the House put in a video system, it considered wiring the rooms used by the JBC and its subcommittees until the House failed to get approval. (The rooms used by the JBC in the Big Mac Building are rented for the legislature by the Bureau of Legislative Research and therefore the House and Senate jointly control the rooms through the Arkansas Legislative Council.)

Audio: What would it take to put online the current audio of the Joint Budget Committee meetings and meetings of its subcommittees? Legislative staff already make audio recordings of the meetings. Legislative staff would merely have to copy audio files to a public directory.

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Republican Party Chairman Calls on Clinton Foundation to Return Foreign Government Contributions

Little Rock, Arkansas — National headlines claim that the Clinton Foundation have been accepting donations from foreign governments. State democratic parties have been quick to distance themselves from this sort of unethical fundraising.

The Wall Street Journal recently quoted Democratic Party leadership in both New Hampshire and Iowa, stating their disappointment in the Clinton Foundation for a blatant conflict of interest.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb made the following statement:
“The Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign donations makes Hillary Clinton a walking conflict of interest. By taking money from foreign governments, she has compromised the integrity of the American political process—essentially showing that anyone can buy a favor from a Presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation should cease acceptance of foreign dollars and give back all contributions made to this point. I call upon the Democrat Party of Arkansas to join other Democrats around the country in asking the same from one of their party’s candidates.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rep. Hill Talks Regulatory Burdens on Small Banks on CNBC

Rep. French Hill on CNBC's Closing Bell
Rep. FrenchHill went on CNBC's closing bell to discuss Dodd-Frank's effects on community banks.

Hill noted: “We are systematically putting out of business our small, locally owned, entrepreneurially geared community banks across this country. Reducing their franchise value, making them ineffective, as some have said, ‘too small to succeed, instead of too big to fail.’”

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rep. Hill’s Statement on the President's Veto of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after President Obama vetoed S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:
“In a move that defies logic, the President has chosen to appease his far left supporters and ignore the common welfare of our Nation, through North American energy independence, billions in private sector investment and good careers for our hard working families. The production of Keystone XL has already produced over 600 jobs in Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, and completion of the project was expected to create tens of thousands more jobs across the country, while having a minimal impact on the environment and supporting American energy. The President’s veto is indicative of a leader who is unwilling to compromise – even in situations where failure to do so is not in our long-term interests as a country. Despite the President’s unwavering stance, I remain optimistic that Congress can continue to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that we finally build the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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Boozman, Manchin Aim to Bring Transparency, Fairness to EPA Science Review Process

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments” that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the dissenting views of scientists on review panels are not silenced, standardizing the SAB member selection process to make it consistent with practices at the National Academies and other federal agencies, limiting non-scientific policy advice, increasing SAB disclosures, and eliminating SAB conflicts of interest.

“The EPA’s regulatory process is flawed, yet many outstanding scientists have participated in or wish to contribute to the agency’s scientific review process,” Boozman said. “Our legislation will make the agency more transparent and open, while empowering scientists to do their work and express their views without undue interference. Regulations that are carefully reviewed for scientific integrity enable the protection of clean and water, without forcing unnecessary burdens onto the middle and low-income families who pay the highest costs for regulations and mandates.”

“The EPA’s overreaching regulations have resulted in an environment that is too closed off to the public and too vulnerable to conflicts of interest and insider politics,” Manchin said. “The EPA should improve its credibility with the American people along as well as our energy sector, and this bipartisan legislation makes sure that the EPA is held accountable for creating fair, unbiased, and science-based rules and regulations. It is past time to strengthen EPA transparency, and this bipartisan, commonsense legislation does just that.”

The SAB was established by the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 (ERDDA) to provide scientific advice upon the request of the EPA Administrator and Congressional Committees, but improvements need to be made.

This legislation
·         Strengthens public participation and comment opportunities
·         Modernizes the selection of Science Advisory Board (SAB) and sub-panel members;
·         Eliminates conflicts of interest and increasing disclosures;
·         Expands the ability of SAB members to express dissenting views;
·         Enables SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments”; and
·         Limits non-scientific policy advice.

Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced a companion bill in the House. Similar legislation passed the House with bipartisan support last congress.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton Expresses Sympathy For Families of the 21 Coptic Christians Murdered By ISIS

Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton released a statement expressing his sympathy for the families of the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS recently. He also criticized President Obama's response to the killings. “Yesterday, the Islamic State released another video, this time showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. I express my deepest sympathy to these victims' families and I applaud Egypt's decision to avenge their deaths through coordinated airstrikes. The Islamic State's savagery knows no bounds and this latest outrage is an unwelcome reminder that Christianity remains the most persecuted religion in the world.

“Unfortunately, the presence of the Islamic State in Libya is a direct result of President Obama's foreign policy failures. Yet, the Obama Administration can't even admit what we're fighting — radical Islamist Jihadis — or acknowledge the religion of these innocent Christians. This kind of weakness is provocative, as we've again learned."

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Rep. Hill Notes Wal-Mart’s Announcement to Raise Pay for 500,000 Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after Wal-Mart announced it would be raising pay for 500,000 employees:
“[Wal-Mart's] announcement is evidence that when businesses are able to grow and succeed, they will have the opportunity to invest in their employees. Congress must continue to allow businesses and their employees to thrive from the ground-up, and not cripple them with top-down mandates. I am proud that an Arkansas-based company is leading on this critical issue.”-----------
Wal-Mart Headquarters in in Arkansas is located in Arkansas.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Griffin: New FedEx Site to Employ Over 150 Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after taking part in FedEx Corporation’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility in Southwest Pulaski County:

“We in Central Arkansas learned a long time ago that when FedEx wants to grow jobs in Arkansas our answer should be a resounding yes! Today's groundbreaking is great news because over one hundred and fifty Arkansans will have good-paying jobs that will allow them to provide for their families. This is an excellent example of federal, state and local officials working closely with the private sector. Thank you FedEx for choosing Arkansas as the home of your new distribution facility.”

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Rep. Hill Visits Keystone XL Pipe Fabricator

Congressman French Hill (left) and Welspun Tubular LLC
President David Delie tour company's Little Rock facility.
(photo by Staton Breidenthal)
by Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Onine1: U.S. Rep. French Hill was back in the state's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday visiting Welspun Tubular LLC, a southeast Little Rock manufacturing company responsible for 800 miles of pipe for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

It's been a week since Congress -- including all six of Arkansas' House and Senate delegates -- approved legislation to construct the long-debated oil pipeline extension that would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast. That bill also endorses climate change as a reality and an end to exempting oil sands -- which would be used in the project -- from a tax used to clean up oil spills.

Hill spoke on the House of Representatives floor Feb. 11, urging President Barack Obama not to go through with his promised veto of the bill.

On Tuesday, the Republican said he hopes Congress has enough votes to override a veto but is first hoping that Obama chooses not to veto the legislation.

"I hope that because of the popularity of our goal ... we'll be able to find enough votes in the House and Senate to override a veto," he said.

The pipeline would move 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries through 1,200 miles of pipeline -- a small but controversial portion of the country's existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines.

Proponents of the pipeline have noted the projected creation of 42,000 temporary construction jobs and the potential to produce oil in North America that could stay on the continent. How much of the oil would stay in the United States has been debated by Republicans and Democrats, but ultimately the decision is up to TransCanada, the owner of the pipeline.

Opponents of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline -- first proposed in September 2008 -- have argued that production of crude oil from oil sands is more harmful for the climate than traditional oil drilling, producing more greenhouse gases.

In Nebraska, where court cases and opposition have slowed down a U.S. State Department decision on whether to approve TransCanada's application, landowners have objected to the use of their land for the project and others have also expressed concern about the pipeline's proposed presence in the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies drinking and irrigation water to 2 million people and farmers in the central United States. The aquifer is one of the world's largest.

In addition to being the subject of lawsuits in Nebraska, the pipeline has been studied by the U.S. State Department and had an environmental review since its proposal.

"It should have received all the scrutiny it did ... [but] not over six years," Hill said.

Welspun Tubular, a subsidiary of an India-based company located off Frazier Pike, contracted with TransCanada for $483 million to build 800 miles of the 1,200-mile pipeline. The Little Rock site devoted its operations to producing tens of thousands of pipes during 2010 and 2011, many of which are lined up, unused, on the perimeter of the 740-acre site.

Dave Delie, the Welspun subsidiary's president, said the company has been paid for most of the contract but that if the pipeline is approved, the company could finish out its work with TransCanada with 50 jobs lasting about a year dealing with inspecting the pipes as they're shipped off for construction.

"In addition," Delie said, "[approval] would free the land up for other projects."

Arkansas' other congressmen have spoken on radio and written in weekly newspaper columns promoting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman has spoken on the Senate floor in favor of the project, a spokesman from his office said, and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton also has visited the Welspun site in Little Rock.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has spoken publicly about the project, including on the House floor and during a Weekly Republican Address that he gave July 3, his spokesman said. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman also has supported the project in interviews.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford visited Welspun in Little Rock about two years ago in support of the Keystone project. He's also spoken in favor of it on radio shows and in interviews, a spokesman said.

The pipeline work would come as manufacturing jobs in the United States and Arkansas are decreasing, as outsourcing manufacturing to other countries becomes more common, higher education enrollment and educational attainment increase, and improved technology and mechanization has decreased the need for as many people in certain manufacturing jobs across the globe.

Hill said he hoped Obama would realize the importance of manufacturing jobs associated with the pipeline.

Hill said he would hand-deliver a message from Welspun to the president urging his approval of the legislation passed last week, saying it could "help him understand our manufacturing economy."
1. Article furnished for release to the ARRA News Service by Rep French Hill's media coordinator and is being shared on Arkansas' Boot Berryism.

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Obama's Carbon Rules Could Cost Thousands of Jobs in Arkansas

by Kelsey Harkness: A new study predicts that more than a half million manufacturing jobs will be eliminated from the U.S. economy as a result of the Obama administration’s proposed regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

“Every state would experience overwhelming negative impacts as a result of these regulations, but especially those with higher-than-average employment in manufacturing and mining,” said Nick Loris, a co-author of the study, which was completed by energy experts at The Heritage Foundation—the parent organization of The Daily Signal.

The researchers projected how many manufacturing jobs would be eliminated in each state and congressional district as a consequence of the carbon plan, which is the centerpiece of President Obama’s effort to combat climate change.

The results show that 34 states would lose three to four percent of manufacturing jobs by 2023, and nine other states would lose more.
In Ohio alone, 31,747 jobs would be lost.

The study predicts that the Midwest would be hit the hardest, with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin losing more than 20,000 jobs each.  Arkansas would loose almost 7,000 jobs.

On a local level, 68 percent of U.S. Congressional districts are expected to lose more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs.

Loris says the manufacturing sector is an “important piece of the puzzle” that should not be overlooked when considering the administration’s proposed rule meant to limit carbon pollution.

“Our analysis shows that it’s not just coal-country that’s hit hard by the federal government’s climate regulations,” he said. “Because America’s industrial base relies on affordable, reliable energy, these regulations would deal a crushing blow to the manufacturing sector, particularly impacting the Midwest.”
The analysis comes just months before the Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize its carbon regulations covering new, existing and modified/reconstructed power plants by mid summer of 2015.

Heritage’s study looked at the totality of the Obama administration’s efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions—from motor vehicles and power plants, both new and existing.

The EPA’s plan forces states to cut power-industry emissions by 30 percent in 2030 from 2005 levels.

In response to the study, EPA Press Secretary Liz Purchia argued that action against climate change does not dull America’s competitive edge. Rather, it sharpens it.The energy sector sees the writing on the wall. Businesses like Spectra Energy are investing billions in clean energy. And utilities like Exelon and Entergy are weaving climate considerations into business plans. This means more jobs, not less. We’ll need thousands of American workers, in construction, transmission, and more, to make cleaner power a reality.Purchia points to “more than 200 U.S. companies” who came together to voice their support for the administration’s climate plan—including Kellogg’s, Starbucks, Ikea, Levi Strauss and Nestl√©—as proof that the regulations are good for the economy.

“[B]usinesses are concerned about the immediate and long-term implications of climate change. As they said, ‘Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century,’” said Purchia.

The EPA’s proposed regulations work by setting target emission caps for each state based on assumptions about how much that state can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.

Once targets are established for each state, the EPA tasks states with writing their own plans for how they will comply with the those guidelines.

In addition to reaching the EPA’s 2030 goal, states must also comply with guidelines set for 2020, as a way of demonstrating their progress.

Many states have called the EPA’s goals unrealistic and are pushing back against the proposed regulations.

While some like Oklahoma are lobbying for substantial changes to the 2020 interim targets, others, like Louisiana, are calling to scrap the policies altogether.

Responding to those complaints, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday backed off those state deadlines, hinting that there would be flexibility in when states must meet their carbon-cutting targets.

“We want the states to have flexibility to explore options,” McCarthy said at a conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington.

But even with those concessions, Loris predicts the regulations will stifle business owners.

“To attract state buy-in, the EPA is touting these regulations as being cooperative with the states and awarding the states flexibility in crafting the regulations,” Loris said. “But flexibility would merely shift the costs around, not prevent them from happening.”

He added:Instead of trying to cash in and protect special interests, both federal and state legislators should flat out reject the administration’s plan. That is the only true way to protect the families and business owners in their states.-----------------------
Kelsey Harkness (@kelseyjharkness)is a news producer at The Daily Signal and her articles are shared on the ARRA News Service which sponsors this this site.

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Rutledge Supports District Judge's Ruling Blocking Obama's Amnesty For Illegals

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is praising a ruling by a Texas judge that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement Tuesday will reign in what she said is a president who is attempting to bypass Congress.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Arkansas is one of 26 states — led by Texas— that argue Obama has violated a provision of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Radical Abortion Group Will Trash Pro-Life Presidential Candidates, Defend Hillary Clinton

March 3: Democrat Hilary Clinton, potential pro-abortion
presidential nominee, will receive the "Emily Award."
According to Real Clear Politics, Emily’s List, a pro-abortion group located in Washington D.C., is launching a campaign against pro-life presidential candidates’ who oppose Planned Parenthood and/or their efforts to defund it. . . .

The group’s Communications Director, Jess McIntosh, said, “Women and families need leaders who understand the challenges they face and take them seriously. They deserve better than the disrespectful words and harmful actions of the current Republican 2016 field.”

However, Emily’s List’s new campaign really isn’t all that surprising considering that before the 2014 elections they used every trick in the book to try and sway voters against pro-life candidates. . . .

In 2013, Gov. Walker faced criticism from pro-abortion groups after signing an ultrasound bill (Senate Bill 206, also known as Sonya’s Law) that ensures that women seeking abortions are given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound. The legislation also requires abortionists to have admitting privileges within thirty miles of their facility. This is the kind of pro-woman, pro-life bill that not only has proven to save the lives of unborn babies, but it has closed down abortion clinics that can’t comply with basic health and safety requirements.

The legislative director of Wisconsin Right to Life, Susan Armacost, said “We thank Governor Walker for signing this important piece of legislation into law. Sonya’s Law will empower women to make truly informed decisions regarding how they will proceed with their pregnancies and will protect the lives of women who experience complications after their abortions.” . . .

[T]he radical pro-abortion group also trashed Iowa Senator Joni Ernst before her State of the Union speech; and released a statement saying “GOP Chooses Window Dressing Over Substance to Appeal to Women.” . . .

Unfortunately, Emily’s List announced that Hilary Clinton, a potential pro-abortion presidential nominee, would appear at its 30th anniversary awards gala in Washington on March 3. In a press release they said, “…Former secretary of state will receive the group’s We Are EMILY Award to honor her leadership “as a fighter for women and families.”

. . . Besides Scott Walker, Emily’s List is monitoring other pro-life [Republican] presidential hopefuls. Read More at

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Arkansas: Pro-Gun Bill Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor

NRA-ILA - House Bill 1190, which removes the restriction on certain individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 from obtaining a concealed carry permit, has been reported out of the House of Representatives and sent to Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) for his consideration.

HB 1190 was introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer (R-28), and removes the restriction on obtaining a concealed carry permit from those Arkansas residents between the ages of 18 and 21 who are active members of the United States Armed Forces, members of the National Guard or a reserve component of the US Armed Forces, and former members of the US Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged. This NRA-supported bill was originally passed by the Arkansas State House on February 9 unanimously. The Senate passed it, again without opposition, yesterday.

Please take a moment to thank your and for supporting this important self-defense reform in Arkansas.

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Accountancy Board Power Grab – HB1189

by David Ferguson, Conduit for Action: The current Public Accountancy law has been around since 1975. For some reason the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy now wants to increase its jurisdiction and powers and to increase fines to $10,000 on people for engaging in conduct that still today does not require a license and is not subject to their regulation.

I can’t think of an instance in which a licensing board decided it had too much power and wanted to give some back. Instead, licensing boards tend to grow their power and jurisdiction over time.

HB1189, which broadens the scope of the accountancy licensing law, quickly made its way through the House of Representatives. It is ironic that its passage occurred at a time when the House is also debating a bill to give more economic freedom concerning the right to engage in a lawful occupation (HB1158). The bill is now in the Arkansas Senate.

To some this bill may be construed as a turf war between the board and tax attorneys. But actually it affects anyone doing “accounting” work—from the new technical college graduate to those with years of accounting experience working to meet the needs of their small business owner clients. The Accountancy board’s bill is so broad that it will penalize even those engaged in helping non-profit organizations with their taxes or accounting work at no charge. These are the kind of individuals who are likely to find themselves facing a $10,000 fine from the board.

So what is the big problem faced by Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy that needs to be addressed this session? I for one haven’t figured that out. If the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy has been having a problem (or just decided it would be a really cool idea to have more power), you would think the board would have been eager to have a full public discussion on both any problem and the least restrictive way to address the problem.

The House and Senate Committees on State Agencies & Governmental Affairs met many times in 2014. Their meetings would have provided a perfect opportunity to bring up any problems the board might have been encountering and their ideas on expanding their powers and jurisdiction. So when did Accountancy board bring up this issue? A review of the agendas of all meetings of both the House and Senate Committees on State Agencies & Governmental Affairs in 2014 shows that the Accountancy Board never brought the issue to the committees. It seems a bit unusual but HB1189 did not go through the House State Agencies & Governmental Affairs this legislative session, instead it was assigned to the the House Committee on Insurance & Commerce. So, was the issue discussed in the Insurance & Commerce committee during 2014? Nope.

In accounting talk that means the Accountancy Board has a “zero balance” on bringing the issue before the interim committees. Instead, the issue didn’t come up until this legislative session when opposition would be limited and there would be little time to discuss whether this is the least restrictive way to address issues.

Since, traditionally the General Assembly has been cautious about scope of practice bills here are some questions for which I would want to know the answer:
  1. What problems or risks to the public are being addressed by each section of the bill?
  2. How has the public been harmed? Examples?
  3. Is this the least restrictive way of addressing the issues?
  4. Who would be affected by the bill? Have you discussed the issue with them or their boards?
  5. Are the issues so pressing that they need to be addressed this session or could the issues be referred to interim study?
  6. How was it decided that the acts mentioned here are so egregious to warrant a $10,000 file? And what authority does this Board hold over the public to impose such a fine on the offender?
If you would like to learn more about the accountancy bill here is a link to the bill (HB1189 and its status), and here are some noteworthy provisions in the bill:
  • The current law defines the “practice of public accounting” as the performance of “attest” services as defined in this section or the performance of “professional services.” What the bill does is substantially add to the services considered as “attest services” and brings more under the board’s control that are not now considered to be the sole domain of CPAs. (See page 2, lines 6-8)
  • It is interesting that the bill dramatically increases penalties on non-licensees (from $1,000 to $10,000) per violation but retains the ($1,000) penalty when the violation is by a licensee. (Page 2, lines 10-16)
  • There are many professionals who achieve a CPA license but end up in an area of business where they do not need to retain the license and do not hold themselves out as being CPAs. But, the bill appears to try to scare these people back into carrying a CPA license. A firm doing some kind of accounting or auditing services is prohibited from employing a person with an inactive CPA license to do some kind of accounting or auditing work unless the person agrees to restore their licensed status within a year. Never mind that the person is not holding themselves as a licensed CPA or doing work requiring a license. (Page 4, lines 27 – 32)

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Arkansas Delegation Urges Obama to Prevent Port Shutdowns

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) sent a letter to President Obama last week urging him to resolve contract negotiations between the dock workers union and shipowners at West Coast ports because of the negative economic consequences it’s having on Arkansas businesses. Over the weekend, the President sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to help the sides reach an agreement.

“We are hearing from many small businesses, farmers, livestock and poultry producers, store owners, factories, and workers who are impacted by this situation. Vessels continue to be anchored at bay, unable to load and unload cargo at docks which are effectively at maximum utilization capacity,” members wrote. “In our home state of Arkansas, the economic impacts of these slowdowns have been felt for months, but the situation is becoming much more severe. These delays must come to an end.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the union that represents the dockworkers and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been ongoing since spring of 2014, causing disruptions in service. If an agreement is not reached between the two parties, West Coast ports would shut down. The National Retail Federation warns that this could cost the U.S. economy approximately $2 billion a day.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Prison Expansion & Public Safety Plan

LITTLE ROCK  – Governor Asa Hutchinson, in a news conference Wednesday morning, announced his Prison Expansion and Public Safety plan to address prison overcrowding and reentry programs.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“As every sheriff and prosecutor will tell you, there is a crying need for more prison space. The lack of bed space in prison has resulted in the current backlog in the county jails, repeat offenders being released on bond because there is no room in the county facility, and continued use of the Emergency Powers Act that provides early release from prison because of overcrowding.

“Arkansas is experiencing a dangerous chain reaction that puts public safety at risk. Until this cycle is broken, the prison overcrowding will jeopardize the other critical budget needs of our state — from education to highways.

“The cycle can only be broken by a three-part approach to criminal offenses: (1) more prison space; (2) a more effective parole and reentry system; and (3) investing in alternative and accountable sentencing programs for non-violent offenders.”

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Congressman Hill's Event Schedule Feb. 17 - 20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) today released his event schedule for Feb. 17 - 20. The following events are also open to the press:

Tuesday, February 17 , 2015
Tour/Press Conference: Welspun Tubular LLC
(1:30 PM CST - 9301 Frazier Pike, Little Rock, AR 72206)

Visit: Bryant Boys & Girls Club
(3:30 PM CST - 6401 Boone Rd, Bryant, AR 72202)

Wednesday, February 18 , 2015
Constituent Open House: Conway District Office
(4:00 PM CST - 1105 Deer Street, Suite 12, Conway, AR 72032)

Thursday, February 19 , 2015
Ground Breaking Ceremony: FedEx
(12:00 PM CST - 8 Industrial Parkway, Mabelvale, AR)

Constituent Open House: Little Rock District Office

(3:00 PM CST - 1501 N. University Ave., Suite 150, Little Rock, AR 72207)

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Hill Votes to Extend Much-Needed Tax Reliefs for Small Businesses, Encourage Charitable Giving

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 by a vote of 272-142. The bill would make certain small business tax provisions permanent, including section 179 small business expensing limits, making it easier for small businesses to operate, invest, and grow.

Following House passage of the bill, Congressman French Hill (AR-2) said: “Today, I was proud to stand with my colleagues in extending much-needed tax relief for small businesses, which are critical to job creation. This will help small businesses on the ground in central Arkansas and across America create and expand opportunities for good paying and stable jobs.”

Little Rock area businessman Alan Bubbas said of the bill, “Small businesses need to have adequate cash flow to survive, and right now, a lot of them don’t. Making the 179 deduction permanent would give struggling small businesses a lifeline in a time when they badly need one. This would be a major incentive for small business owners to expand their operations, and when small business grows, America grows.”

Yesterday, the House passed by a bi-partisan vote of 279-137 H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, to make permanent certain tax provisions encouraging charitable giving, including provisions to enhance contributions of food inventory and encourage donations of property for conservation purposes.

Hill said: “Arkansans have a long history of helping their neighbors, and charitable organizations will always play a critical role facilitating this generous giving. I was proud to support legislation at the heart of which is assisting and empowering those who are struggling so they can realize their potential.”

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces the Hiring of White, Cloud, Sterling & Nation to the Arkansas Department of Human Services

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced four new hires to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. They are as follows:

· Mark White, Deputy Director at DHS

· Craig Cloud, Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services at DHS

· David Sterling, Director of the Office of Policy and Legal Services at DHS

· Patricia Nation, Director of Client Protection and Advocacy at DHS

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“I am very pleased to announce the hirings of Mark White, Craig Cloud, David Sterling and Patricia Nation to four important positions at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

“Mark has been chosen as one of the agency’s two deputy directors. He previously served as the DHS chief counsel and as its Director of the Office of Policy and Legal Services. His leadership, effective legal counsel and experience at DHS and in state government make him ideal for this position.

“Craig is the new director of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services. He has spent most of his career serving the elderly and those with disabilities, and his compassion and experience will serve the state well.

“David has a wealth of legal experience and is ideally suited to his new post as Director of the Office of Policy and Legal Services, replacing Mark White. David is well respected in judicial circles and has a background in city government and working with the Legislature as well.

“Patricia’s breadth of legal experience handling civil and criminal cases at every judicial level combined with her skills as a communicator and her knowledge of Arkansas make her an excellent fit as the DHS Director of Client Protection and Advocacy.

“I’m confident each of these individuals will support fiscally responsible policies as they bring critical thinking and experience to DHS. We are lucky to have them at this essential state agency.”

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sens. Boozman & Cotton Introduce Bill Giving States Power to Reject Federal Electric Transmission Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today introduced legislation to restore the right of states to approve or disapprove of electric transmission projects before the federal government exercises its power to take private property.

The Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Lands (APPROVAL) Act would require that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) receive the approval of both the governor and the public service commission of an affected state, before exercising the federal power of eminent domain to acquire property for Section 1222 transmission projects. For projects on tribal lands, DOE would have to receive the approval of the impacted tribal government.

“When a road, pipeline or power line is built the use of eminent domain is sadly unavoidable in some cases,” Boozman said. “However, this difficult decision should not be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. If a project is not good for Arkansas, our governor or public service commission should have the power to say ‘no.’”

"Arkansans should have a say in any decision that affects our land,” Cotton said. “The APPROVAL act will rightly empower Arkansans and preserve the Founding Fathers vision of states’ rights."

In addition to allowing states the ability to reject the use of federal eminent domain for a project, the Boozman-Cotton legislation would ensure to the extent possible, that approved projects are placed on federal land rather than on private land. Specifically, for approved projects, DOE would be required (to the maximum extent possible) to site projects on existing rights-of-way and federal land managed by: (1) the Bureau of Land Management, (2) the U.S. Forest Service, (3) the Bureau of Reclamation, and (4) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The decision to permit electric transmission projects has long been the responsibility of the individual state. As noted in a 2011 report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, “The location and permitting of facilities used to transmit electricity to residential and commercial customers have been the province of the states (with limited exceptions) for virtually the entire history of the electricity industry.” The report says that state and local governments are “well positioned” to understand the concerns of the area and the factors for making a decision on these projects.

DOE is currently seeking public comments on one proposed Section 1222 project: the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project, a high voltage direct current electric transmission system and associated facilities, which (if approved) would cross Arkansas. Interested citizens may provide comments through March 19, 2015, to DOE, either online at:; by mail addressed to: Plains and Eastern EIS, 216 16th Street, Suite 1500, Denver, Colorado 80202; via email addressed to; or by fax to (303) 295–2818.

The APPROVAL Act has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for further review.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Governor’s Council on Common Core Review; Lt. Governor Griffin to Chair

LITTLE ROCK  – In a news conference Wednesday morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson followed through on another campaign promise by announcing the formation – through executive order – of the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review. The Council will be chaired by Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, who joined Governor Hutchinson at the news conference.

The 16-member Council will be comprised of educators, parents, business leaders, and students from all over the state – all of whom will be appointed by the governor. The Governor’s Office will be accepting online applications through February 20 from those who would like to serve on the Council. Please visit governor.arkansas.govz to fill out an application. Council members will be announced in early March.

The Council will be asked to provide initial recommendations in the early summer and later recommendations in the fall.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“We are looking for Arkansans who are committed to high standards in education and who have experience with the Common Core, including educators, parents, business leaders and students.

“I’ve asked the Lieutenant Governor to head the Council as I know he believes in high academic standards and has a vested interest in the success of Arkansas’s students. I recognized early on that I wanted to utilize the talents of Lieutenant Governor Griffin. He has been a partner with me as we proceeded with the tax initiative and other legislation. This was a natural follow-up.”

Lt. Governor Griffin issued the following statement:
I am honored that Governor Hutchinson has chosen me to lead his Council on Common Core Review and that he has given me the opportunity to serve. I have a deep and abiding passion for education, not only as an elected official, but as an Arkansan and the father of two young children in the Little Rock public school system. As Chair of the Governor’s Council, my first priority is to listen: I look forward to hearing from my fellow Arkansans, and I am ready to get to work.”

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

USDA Funding for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Research

WASHINGTON ––U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-3), today announced the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) received a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to study foodborne pathogens in order to make our food healthier and prevent foodborne illnesses.

“We need to ensure that our food supply remains the safest, most reliable in the world. Investing in UAPB’s research strengthens our ability to protect our food and improve our health. This is critical to Arkansas agriculture and our producers ability to feed our state, country and the world,” Boozman said.

“As our food chain has becoming increasingly globalized, this type of research is more important than ever. I am proud that UAPB will be a leader in ensuring our food safety and I look forward to seeing their progress and success,” Cotton said. 

“I extend my congratulations to UAPB on this grant, which helps to ensure the wellness of our food supply in Arkansas and across the United States. I am proud the Fourth District’s land grant university is taking leadership in this important research,” Westerman said.

UAPB will receive $149,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced Becky Keogh as Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Lt. Colonel Matt Snead as Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and Edmond Waters as Commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Becky Keogh:
“As Arkansans, we are blessed to live in such a beautiful state with abundant natural resources. With it comes the responsibility of preserving and protecting them for the next generation. Becky Keogh understands that we are the Natural State for good reason, and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience from both the regulatory and business perspective. That’s why I am pleased to announce her as the new Director of ADEQ. Her background, knowledge of the issues, and love of this state make her an ideal choice, who will bring balance and common-sense leadership to ADEQ.”

Becky Keogh is a former Deputy Director at Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.  She currently serves as Regulatory and Environment Manager for BHP Billiton, a global resources company. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and Senior Project Manager for CH2M HILL, an international environmental and engineering consulting firm.  She served as a commissioner of the Arkansas Geological Commission from 2006-2009 and, under the former Governor Mike Huckabee, served as Deputy Director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality from 1996 to 2006.  Becky is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Chemical Engineering.  She will relocate to Little Rock from Houston, Texas.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Lt. Colonel Matt Snead:
“I am pleased to announce Lt. Colonel Matt Snead as the new Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Lt. Colonel Snead’s understanding of the issues facing veterans, in addition to his experience in state government, has prepared him well to lead this critical department.”

Lt. Colonel Matt Snead is a 16-year veteran of the Arkansas National Guard, and plans to continue his service as a traditional Guardsman. He currently serves as the state public affairs officer for the nearly 10,000 soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Prior to that, he served for five years as the first legislative liaison for the Guard. He has held a number of command and staff positions, which includes a deployment to Iraq as a plans officer in 2007. Matt is a graduate of Henderson State University. He lives in Little Rock.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Edmond Waters:
“It pleases me to name Edmond Waters as Commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department. Edmond brings vast experience and knowledge to the job, and his understanding of the issues and background in finance will serve him well in this key post in my administration.”

B. Edmond Waters is a former vice president of A.G. Edwards & Sons where he enjoyed a 21-year career as branch manager and financial advisor in the Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Destin, FL branches. Prior to that, he was self-employed in his native Helena-West Helena, AR. Edmond is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He lives in Little Rock.

Governor Asa Hutchinson also announced the following appointments:

Bill Benton, Heber Springs, to the Arkansas State Police Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2016. Replaces Wallace Fowler.  

Randy Wolfinbarger, Eureka Springs, to the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2021. Replaces Barbara Harvel.

Doyle Yates, Springdale, to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. Appointment expires December 31, 2017. Replaces Allen Trammell.

Chris Gardner, Jonesboro, Special Associate Justice to Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-434.

Dustin Jones, Jonesboro, Special Associate Justice to Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-648.

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