House of Representatives

Feb. 14, 2022

 

Shepherd [00:31:51] The House will come to order. In accordance with and by authority of the Arkansas Constitution, Article five, Section five, the fiscal session of the 93rd Arkansas General Assembly will now come to order. I invite the members, staff, press, and guests in the galleries to stand and be led in prayer by Dr. Rex Horne, retired pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. And please remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to be led by Representative Lane Jean. 

 

Horne [00:32:19] Let’s pray together. Father, we’re thankful for that which is new, a new year, new opportunities. And we come, I come to ask your blessings upon this session. I thank you for the men and women from across the state who come and give of their time and their service for their neighbors, for their fellow citizens, for our state. Thank you for the leadership of the House and also the Senate and of our, our government. We pray, Lord, that you might just bless each one. Lord, we’re always reminded of the fact that sometimes the days are long, but the years are short, and even a long life is a short life. So help us to keep in mind really who we are and what little time that we have upon this Earth so that we’ll apply our hearts, as the scripture says, to wisdom, and that we’ll do those things that have lasting and eternal impact. Help us, Lord, to remember the least of us and to be a blessing to one another. We pray in Jesus name, amen. 

 

[00:33:24] [Pledge of Allegiance] 

 

Shepherd [00:33:44] Members, please indicate your presence by pushing your yellow present button. Prepare the machine, Mr. Clerk. Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. With 98 members present, the chair sees a quorum. Are there any requests for leave? Rep. Rye, for what purpose? 

 

Rye [00:34:35] Leave. 

 

Shepherd [00:34:36] You’re recognized. 

 

Rye [00:34:40] Leave. 

 

Shepherd [00:34:40] You’re recognized. 

 

Rye [00:34:41] Representative Milligan has to be gone. 

 

Shepherd [00:34:44] Is leave granted for Rep. Milligan? So noted. Mr. Clerk, please read House Resolution 1001. 

 

Clerk [00:34:56] House Resolution 1001 by Representative Wing for a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate at 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 14th, 2022, in the House chamber to hear an address by the honorable Asa Hutchinson, governor of the State of Arkansas. 

 

Shepherd [00:35:11] Read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:35:13] House Resolution 1001. 

 

Shepherd [00:35:15] Read the resolution a third time. 

 

Clerk [00:35:16] House Resolution 1001. 

 

Shepherd [00:35:19] Rep. Wing, you’re recognized to speak for the resolution. 

 

Wing [00:35:26] Colleagues, pretty simple, House Resolution 1001 provides for us to be able to have a joint session with the Senate and to hear from the honorable Asa Hutchinson, governor of the State of Arkansas. Appreciate a good vote. 

 

Shepherd [00:35:37] Rep. Wing has explained the resolution. Would anyone like to speak against the resolution? Would anyone like to speak for the resolution? Rep. Wing is closed for the resolution. The question before the House is the passage of House resolution 1001. All in favor say aye. Any opposed say nay. The ayes have it. Representative Eaves, for what purpose? 

 

Eaves [00:36:00] Motion. 

 

Shepherd [00:36:00] Let’s hear your motion. 

 

Eaves [00:36:01] Mr. Speaker, I move we suspend for the duration of this special session House Rule 38 P through T setting minimum length of time for circulation of fiscal impact statements related to specific types of legislation. 

 

Shepherd [00:36:20] That’s a proper motion. It’s not debatable. All in favor say aye. Any opposed? The ayes have it. Representative Eaves, for what purpose? 

 

Eaves [00:36:33] Motion. 

 

Shepherd [00:36:33] Let’s hear your motion. 

 

Eaves [00:36:34] Mr. Speaker, I move that we suspend for the duration of this special session House Rule 41 requiring bills to be on the desk for at least 24 hours before final passage and prohibiting bills from being placed on committee agendas no sooner than the second calendar day following its filing. 

 

Shepherd [00:36:51] That’s a proper motion. It’s not debatable. The question before the House is suspension of House Rule 41 A and B for the duration of the fiscal session. All in favor say aye. Any opposed? The ayes have it. Representative Eaves, for what purpose? 

 

Eaves [00:37:10] Motion. 

 

Shepherd [00:37:11] Let’s hear your motion. 

 

Eaves [00:37:12] Mr. Speaker, I move we suspend for the duration of this special session House Rule 60 A setting minimum length of time for notice of committee meetings. 

 

Shepherd [00:37:22] That’s a proper motion. The motion before the House is the motion to suspend for the duration of the fiscal session House Rule 60 A setting minimum lengths of time for notice of committee meetings. All in favor, say Aye. Any opposed? The ayes have it. The following committee is appointed to notify the Senate that the House is in session and ready for business: Representative Johnny Rye, chair; Rep. Karilyn Brown, Representative Julie Mayberry, Representative Cameron Cooper, Representative Denise Ennett, Rep. Joy Springer, Rep. Richard McGrew, Rep. Howard Beatty, Rep. Rick McClure, Rep. John Milligan, Representative Keith Brooks, Rep. Mark Berry. The following committee is appointed to notify Governor Hutchinson that the House is in session and ready for business: Representative Jim Dodson, Chair; Representative Fred Love, Rep. Reginald Murdock, Rep. Mark Lowery, Rep. Justin Boyd, Rep. Brandt Smith. Rep. Clint Penso. Rep. Keith Slape, Rep. Spencer Hawkes, Rep. Gayla Hendren McKenzie, Rep. Joshua Bryant. Senator Hammer, you’re recognized to approach the well. Senator Hammer, you’re recognized. 

 

Hammer [00:40:58] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On behalf of the Senate, we’d like to acknowledge that we are ready for business. We appreciate the standing ovation when we walked in. We’re very thankful for that and I’m sure we’ll have a good time this session. So, Mr. Speaker, we’re ready for business on the Senate end. Thank you, sir. 

 

Shepherd [00:41:14] Thank you, Senator Hammer. The House will come to order. Members, the Arkansas State Troopers with us today are Trooper Rafael Guerra and Trooper Justin Williams. Trooper Guerra is from Troop H in Fort Fort Smith and Trooper Williams is from Troop D in Forrest City. Our nurses of the day are Sherry Bernard and Brenda Hewitt. In the North Gallery, we have delegates from Ukraine. They include parliamentarians to the National Assembly, as well as local and regional elected officials, and they are the guests of Representative Richmond. And we also have with us Miss Emily McGee, assistant vice president of nursing from St. Bernard’s Medical Center, guests of Rep. Wooten and Rep. Brandt Smith. In the East Gallery. Read the bills, Mr Clerk. 

 

Clerk [00:48:23] House Bill 1002. 

 

Shepherd [00:48:26] Without objection, read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:48:27] House Bill 1002. 

 

Shepherd [00:48:28] Calendar. 

 

Clerk [00:48:29] House Bill 1003. 

 

Shepherd [00:48:31] That’s– sorry, that’s going to budget. House Bill 1002 was to Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:20] House Bill 1003. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:22] Without objection, read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:23] House Bill 1003. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:25] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:25] House Bill 1004. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:26] Without objection, read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:28] House Bill 1004. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:30] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:30] House Bill 10005. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:32] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:33] House Bill 1005. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:34] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:35] House Bill 1006. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:37] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:39] House bill 1006. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:40] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:40] House Bill 1007. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:42] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:43] House Bill 1007. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:44] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:45] House Bill 1008. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:46] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:47] House Bill 1008. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:49] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:49] House Bill 1009. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:50] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:52] House Bill 1009. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:54] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:54] House Bill 1010. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:56] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:49:57] House Bill 1010. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:58] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:49:59] House Bill 1011. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:00] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:01] House bill 1011. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:02] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:50:03] House Bill 1012. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:04] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:05] House bill 1012. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:07] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:50:07] House bill 1013. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:09] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:10] House bill 1013. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:11] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:50:12] House resolution 1003. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:14] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:15] House Resolution 1003. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:17] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:18] House resolution 1004. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:20] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:22] House resolution 1004. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:23] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:24] House resolution 1005. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:26] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:28] House resolution 1005. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:30] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:30] House Resolution 1006. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:33] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:34] House resolution 1006. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:36] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:36] House resolution 1007. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:38] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:40] House Resolution 1007. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:42] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:42] House resolution 1008. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:44] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:46] House Resolution 1008. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:47] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:48] House resolution 1009. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:50] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:52] House resolution 1009. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:53] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:50:54] House Resolution 1010. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:56] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:50:58] House Resolution 1010. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:00] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:00] House Resolution 1011. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:02] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:04] House Resolution 1011. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:05] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:06] House Resolution 1012. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:08] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:09] House Resolution 1012. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:11] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:11] House Resolution 1013. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:14] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:15] House Resolution 1013. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:16] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:17] House resolution 1014. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:19] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:20] House Resolution 1014. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:22] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:22] House resolution 1015. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:24] Without objection read the esolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:26] House Resolution 1015. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:27] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:28] House Resolution 1016. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:30] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:31] Resolution 1016. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:33] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:51:33] House resolution 1017. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:36] Without objection read the resolution second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:37] House Resolution 1017. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:39] Joint budget. 

 

Clerk [00:51:40] House Resolution 1018. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:42] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:51:43] House Resolution 1018. 

 

Shepherd [00:51:45] Joint Budget. 

 

Clerk [00:51:45] House Resolution 1019. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:13] Read the bill, Mr Clerk. 

 

Clerk [00:53:15] House Bill 1001. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:17] Without objection read the bill a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:53:18] House Bill 1001. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:19] Calendar. 

 

Clerk [00:53:27] House resolution 1019. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:29] Without objection, read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:53:31] House Resolution 1019. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:33] House Management. 

 

Clerk [00:53:34] House Resolution 1020. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:36] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:53:38] House resolution 1020. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:39] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:53:40] House Resolution 1021. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:42] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:53:44] House Resolution 1021. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:45] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:53:46] House resolution 1022. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:48] Without objection read the resolution a second time. 

 

Clerk [00:53:50] House Resolution 1022. 

 

Shepherd [00:53:51] Rules. 

 

Clerk [00:53:58] The House will stand in recess until 12:30. 

 

[RECESS]

 

Shepherd [02:01:58] The House will come to order. Rep. Meeks, for what purpose? 

 

Meeks [02:02:09] Motion, please. 

 

Shepherd [02:02:10] Let’s hear your motion. 

 

Meeks [02:02:11] After the announcements, reading of the bills, transferring of the bills, placing the calendars on the desk, members amending their own bills with their own amendments, members withdrawing their own bills, finalizing resolutions, reading communications and any remaining committee reports, I move we adjourn until 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. 

 

Shepherd [02:02:24] That’s a proper motion. It’s not debatable. All in favor say aye. Any opposed. Motion carries. Any announcements? Representative Jean, for what purpose? 

 

Jean [02:02:36] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [02:02:36] You’re recognized. 

 

Jean [02:02:38] Joint Budget will meet 10 minutes upon adjournment of both chambers, Big Mac A. Also we’ll be meeting tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. at Big Mac A. Representative Eaves, for what purpose?You’re recognized. 

 

Eaves [02:02:52] House Rules will meet immediately upon the adjournment of Joint Budget. We’ll be meeting in Big Mac B. 

 

Shepherd [02:03:21] The House, the House is adjourned till 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. The desk will remain open as needed for the reading of the bills. Upon completion of the items named in the adjourn resolution, the House will be adjourned until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.