House of Representatives

Feb. 16, 2022

 

Shepherd [00:10:05] I invite the members, staff, press, and guests in the galleries to stand and be led in prayer by the House chaplain Dr. Rex Horne, retired pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to be led by Representative Lane Jean. 

 

Horne [00:10:18] Let’s pray. Father, we’re thankful for the day, and we’re reminded of the words of the psalmist that you have created us, you’ve made us. We’re wonderfully and marvelously made, the scripture says. Thank you that in the creation that you’ve placed in each one, unique traits, made no two alike, gifted in different ways, but sharing the commonalities of the need for relationships, the desire to make a difference, the willingness to work, the give themselves for the public good. I pray for the women and men in this chamber today that you would bless them. And, Father, as they near the end of the work week, I pray that as they do whatever responsibilities they have over the weekend, that you would give them joy in the journey. Help us to take time to laugh and to share with friends and to recognize the goodness of life itself. For this we pray, in Jesus name, amen. 

 

Speaker 3 [00:11:26] [Pledge of Allegiance]

 

Shepherd [00:11:43] Members, please indicate your presence by pushing the yellow present button. Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. There are 98 members present. Actually, 99. Rep. Eaves just doesn’t have his keys. With 99 members present, the chair sees a quorum. Are there any requests for leave? Rep. Bragg, for what purpose? 

 

Bragg [00:13:10] Leave. 

 

Shepherd [00:13:10] You’re recognized. 

 

Bragg [00:13:13] Representative Holcomb. 

 

Shepherd [00:13:15] Is leave granted for Rep. Holcomb? So noted. Representative Frederick Love moves we dispense with the reading of the previous day’s journal. And without objection, so ordered. Are there reports from select committees? Read the reports, Mr Clerk. 

 

Clerk [00:13:35] Mr. Speaker, we your Committee on Joint Budget, to whom was referred House bill 1036, House Bill 1050, House Bill 1081, House Bill 1082, House Bill 1083, House Bill 1084, House Bill 1085, House Bill 1086, House Bill 1087, House Bill 1088, House Bill 1089, House Bill 1090, House Bill 1091, House Bill 1092, House Bill 1093, House Bill 1094 beg leave to report that we’ve had the same under consideration and herewith return the same with the recommendation they do pass. Respectfully submitted, Lane Jean, Chair. 

 

Shepherd [00:14:02] Are there reports from standing committees? Is there any unfinished business? Are there any executive communications? Members, the doctor of the day is Dr. Gina Drobina of Little Rock and the nurse of the day is Miss Brenda Hewitt. And in the North Gallery, we have as the guest of Rep. Eubanks the Logan County Leadership Group. Mr Clerk, please read House resolution 1027. 

 

Clerk [00:15:19] House resolution 1027 by Representative Shepherd to provide for an extension and sine die adjournment of the fiscal session of the 93rd General Assembly. 

 

Shepherd [00:15:29] Rep. Wing, you’re recognized to explain the resolution. 

 

Wing [00:15:32] Colleagues, House resolution 1027, it’s the same thing that we do at the beginning of each of these sessions is we give ourselves the option to extend should we need to. And this just does so to extend for the potential for 45 days. Procedural deal. Appreciate a good vote. 

 

Shepherd [00:15:51] 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 1027. Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 93 yeas, 1 nay, and 2 present, the resolution is adopted. Mr Clerk, please read House Resolution 1002. 

 

Clerk [00:16:46] House Resolution 1002 by Representative Shepherd to authorize recesses of either or both chambers for periods of four consecutive days or longer 

 

Shepherd [00:16:54] Rep. Wing, you’re recognized. 

 

Wing [00:16:56] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Once again, this is what we do to enable us in the case, like, for instance, coming up with a holiday on Monday to allow us to adjourn for four days or more should we need so. 

 

Shepherd [00:17:09] Rep. Payton, for what purpose? 

 

Payton [00:17:11] Question. 

 

Shepherd [00:17:12] You’re recognized. 

 

Payton [00:17:13] Thank you. So the language in this resolution says four days or longer, with no limitation on the longer. Some things have happened in the past year where the Senate decided to shut down, and we didn’t seem to have any authority over that. This grants the Senate the authority, open-ended authority to go longer. Is there any way that we could change that language to just limit it to the four days? 

 

Wing [00:17:45] Well, what we are also trying to do is just in case of another external event that would prevent us from being able to come here for four days or more, such as a weather event or something like that. So this is the standard language that we’ve done in all of the previous sessions. 

 

Payton [00:18:00] And I appreciate that. It is standard language. I had asked some questions beforehand, and Buddy has answered that. He also gave me another perspective, which is when Representative Meeks makes the motion that we recess, he sets a date certain at that point. So if a weather event came up during that three or four days, he’s already set the date certain in the recess motion. How is that handled in a weather event? 

 

Wing [00:18:32] Carefully. 

 

Payton [00:18:36] Would we not have an opportunity, even if we take the language out, that says ‘or longer.’ Would we not have an opportunity to deal with a weather event some other way? 

 

Wing [00:18:46] Yeah, in a weather event, yes. But as we saw with COVID, there were other events that would even come up that would prevent us from meeting. And so this is the standard language that’s been done before. If we have a problem with the Senate, we can discuss things with the Senate. 

 

Payton [00:19:00] Thank you. And Mr. Speaker, if I could have a question to you or the parliamentarian? 

 

Shepherd [00:19:06] You’re recognized. 

 

Payton [00:19:08] What process would I need to follow to present an amendment to strike that language? 

 

Parliamentarian [00:19:19] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Representative Payton, the process would be the same process to amend any other document before the body, bill or resolution, is that would be to present the resolution to ask the body to allow you to put it back on second reading for the purpose of amendment, present the amendment– I mean, get that step adopted, then present the amendment and have it adopted. Then the bill would go to– or the resolution would go to engrossing and processed as we would any, anything else. 

 

Payton [00:19:52] So, Mr. Speaker, I move that we place it on the second reading for the purpose of amendment. 

 

Shepherd [00:19:59] That’s not a proper motion, because there’s no amendment to be presented. 

 

Payton [00:20:04] I think the rules allow for a floor amendment. 

 

Shepherd [00:20:09] The parliamentarian tells me they do not. 

 

Payton [00:20:13] OK, thank you. 

 

Shepherd [00:20:16] And I can, I can also say in, in response, since you asked the question to me and the parliamentarian, as Represent Wing indicated, this is the standard resolution that’s been passed many times in the past. In fact, we broke it into two resolutions because normally the extension and the four day or more resolution is in one. Historically, myself and Senator Hickey decided to divide that in two so that the issues could be specific. You raised this issue just a little while ago. I’ve talked to Senator Hickey. As you know, we can only speak for ourselves personally. We have no intention of trying to recess beyond four days without the membership knowing, but we were committed to trying to pass the resolution that we always pass, particularly in light of the fact that, that we understood the membership was hoping to have a four day break going into this weekend. For what purpose? 

 

Meeks [00:21:19] Question to the parliamentarian. Isn’t it, is it correct or not correct that in order for one chamber to be out more than the standard three days, according to the Constitution, they have to have the permission of the other chamber? So that would maybe address the concerns that the representative has. Is that correct or no? Or does this erase that?

 

Parliamentarian [00:21:42] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Representative Meeks, that is correct, and that’s the purpose of this language. 

 

Shepherd [00:21:53] All right. Rep. Wing has explained the resolution. Would anyone like to speak against the resolution? Rep. Payton, you’re recognized to speak against the resolution. 

 

Payton [00:22:08] Thank you, Mr Speaker. Colleagues, several of us have resolutions that would give us permission to file non appropriation bills that covers a range of topics. There is a bill filing deadline that is set 15 days from the start of a session. So regardless of the intent, what’s possible is that either chamber could recess beyond that 15 days and therefore prevent the, maybe not prevent the passing of the resolution, but it would prevent the bill filing that the resolution provides. So I just want you to know before you vote on this that we are surrendering our authority that Representative Meeks alluded to. It would– our authority over the Senate being at recess for more than, more than three days. I totally support the objective of being able to have a recess of four days. And I think we could, if we defeat this resolution, we could definitely get it amended and eliminate that language that says ‘or longer’ and just get the four days in there. We would still have the power at any time to come back in here and pass a resolution for five days or 10 days if we so desired. But once we pass this resolution, we no longer have the constitutional authority that’s granted to us to prevent the Senate from being at recess for as long as they want. And the Constitution does set a deadline for the session, which is 30 days unless we extend it. And It’s 45 days if we extend it. So we would be tying our own hands and I would appreciate you voting this down so we can get it amended and get rid of that language that says ‘or longer.’ Thank you. 

 

Shepherd [00:24:04] Rep. Peyton has spoken against the resolution. Would anyone like to speak for the resolution? Would anyone like to speak against the resolution? Rep. Wing is closed for the resolution. The question before the House is the passage of House Resolution 1002. All in favor say aye. Any opposed. The ayes have it. Mr Clerk, please read House resolution 1017. 

 

Clerk [00:24:38] House resolution 1017. 

 

Shepherd [00:24:43] Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:25:11] I apologize for my tardiness down here, but normally the speaker says we will now move to the budget calendar. If you hadn’t figured out, I’m a traditionalist. I’m not a new wave man. All right. We’ve got two resolutions. They’re identical, 1017 and 1018. We’re going to batch these. They simply allow us to at the end of this session put our RSA bill before us, which will be our budget for the year. There’s no difference in them. Any questions on these two resolutions? Once again, we’re going to hear House resolutions 1017 and 1018. I’d appreciate a good vote. 

 

Shepherd [00:26:13] Rep. Jean has explained the resolutions. Would anyone like to pull either of these from the batch? I guess if you pulled one, there would be no batch. Your one vote will be recorded on each resolution and each emergency clause after they’ve been read for the third time. Mr. Clerk, please read the bills for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:26:44] House resolution 1017. House Resolution 1018. 

 

Shepherd [00:26:49] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. With 97 yeas, 0 nay and 0 present, the resolutions have passed. Morning hour is ended. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:27:23] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Colleagues, I think we have 43 appropriations. These are none of the high profile that we have holds on. They have no substantial changes other than minor pay raises, an adjustment to insurance, and retirement money. They’ve been through Joint Budget without opposition. And I want to give you a chance to look at them because somebody may have a relative that works for or a family member that works for one of these institutions. We’ll certainly pull them out for a separate vote. We have been requested to pull out House bill 1035. A member needs to talk to somebody, a member of the commission. It’s noncontroversial and we’re going to put it on tomorrow’s calendar. I’ve been assured by that member. So we will pull House bill 1035 and we’ll put it on the calendar tomorrow. But I’ll give you a minute to look at it. But I think that leaves us 42 bills that we’re going to, going to batch. 

 

Shepherd [00:28:37] Rep. Wardlaw for what purpose? 

 

Wardlaw [00:28:39] Question. 

 

Shepherd [00:28:40] You recognized. 

 

Wardlaw [00:28:41] Not sure if it’s related to these bills or not, but I want to make a request of the budget chair. Can you hold the Department of Education budget, please? I looked through here real quick. I didn’t see it. 

 

Shepherd [00:28:54] You don’t have to worry about that. It’s already being held. Do you want to add your name to it? 

 

Wardlaw [00:28:57] That’d be correct. For purpose of amendment. 

 

Jean [00:29:00] For purpose of amendment. 

 

Wardlaw [00:29:01] Yes, sir. 

 

Jean [00:29:02] All right. 

 

Shepherd [00:29:05] Represent Lowery, for what purpose? 

 

Lowery [00:29:07] Question. 

 

Shepherd [00:29:09] You’re recognized. 

 

Lowery [00:29:09] If we have a question about a specific appropriation bill, would this be the appropriate time or would we, or would we have to pull it from the batch? 

 

Jean [00:29:18] Sure. Sure. No, you can ask. I’ll have to weed– look through it. Which one is it? 

 

Lowery [00:29:23] 1046, The Henderson State University appropriation. I understand that that’s already gone through the pre fiscal session budget hearings, but there have been some significant changes in what’s taken place at Henderson State since then. So the question I have, the last fiscal session in 2019, special language was put into Henderson State University’s appropriation that put off to 2025 when they would be able, when they would be paying back to the state the $6 million advance. 

 

Jean [00:30:02] Was it 2025 or 2026? 

 

Lowery [00:30:04] It may have been longer than that. 

 

Jean [00:30:06] I think it was 2026. 

 

Lowery [00:30:07] You made it worse than what I was saying. Because that had been really discussed ad nauseum in ALC that we were not going to put it off and then it got slipped into special language. What, what do the circumstances that are going on right now with employees, faculty being furloughed, what does that do for this extension out to 2026? Is it still in place? What are our– and this is a multiple part question, so thank you for bearing with me. What are our– what can we do because we understand that there’s over $70 million in bond indebtedness with Henderson, what happens for the state of Arkansas to be able to recoup that $6 million? 

 

Jean [00:30:58] Well, it’s, it’s for $5,750,000. 

 

Lowery [00:31:03] OK. 

 

Jean [00:31:03] They have paid $250,000 back. 

 

Lowery [00:31:05] OK, thank you. 

 

Jean [00:31:06] So get your numbers right? 

 

Lowery [00:31:08] Yeah, I’ll try. 

 

Jean [00:31:11] You know, we still have that deadline. We have, we have no– nothing in writing that says they have to make a payment every year. It is a concern that as the deadline approach, which they’ve got a few more years that, you know, how are they going to repay this money? Now, I haven’t been privy. I’m not on Education. I haven’t been briefed by the Arkansas State, which Henderson state is now part of, of what they’re plan is. So to tell, tell you what their plan is, how to pay it back, I don’t know. I just know they have a firm deadline. And you know, I’m not going to worry about this here in 2022 on a budget of Henderson State that they still have faculty and students. I know some of them are going to maybe furlough a day a week to try to help this budget. And I’m really not in tune with the every day of what’s the problem at Henderson State. Obviously, there’s been some fiscal mismanagement there. 

 

Lowery [00:32:14] Right? Okay. Just a quick follow up. If the debtors start lining up for whatever reason, does the state of Arkansas have number one position in terms of getting the 5 million 700-whatever? 

 

Jean [00:32:30] I would think, I would think, I would think the General Assembly would have the number one position in it being a state institution to getting its money back. All right, thank you. 

 

Lowery [00:32:40] And I have a request to pull two from the batch at the appropriate time. Just for a separate vote. 

 

Shepherd [00:32:47] Go ahead and, go ahead and tell us what they are. 

 

Lowery [00:32:49] OK. It would be House Bill 1030. And House Bill 1073. 

 

Jean [00:33:03] You said 1030? 

 

Lowery [00:33:04] 1030 and 1073. 

 

Jean [00:33:07] And you just want a separate vote? 

 

Lowery [00:33:09] Just a separate vote. 

 

Jean [00:33:10] OK, we’ll do that. Thank you. 

 

Shepherd [00:33:12] Rep. Collins, for what purpose? 

 

Collins [00:33:16] Request. 

 

Shepherd [00:33:16] Let’s hear your request. 

 

Collins [00:33:17] Could you please pull 1057 from the batch? 

 

Jean [00:33:21] 1057. Do you want to do a separate vote? 

 

Collins [00:33:23] Separate vote. 

 

Jean [00:33:24] OK. 

 

Jean [00:33:30] Rep. Payton, for what purpose? 

 

Payton [00:33:32] Request. 

 

Shepherd [00:33:32] Let’s hear it. 

 

Payton [00:33:32] A request to pull 1031 and for a separate vote. 

 

Jean [00:33:43] OK. 

 

Payton [00:33:44] Thank you. 

 

Shepherd [00:33:45] Rep. Dotson, for what purpose? 

 

Dotson [00:33:47] A request to pull. 

 

Shepherd [00:33:49] You’re recognized.

 

Dotson [00:33:52] HB 109– or 1009, 1011, 1012 and 1046. 

 

Jean [00:34:02] Separate vote? 

 

Dotson [00:34:03] For a separate vote, yeah. 

 

Jean [00:34:05] 1046? All right, let me go over this again. So we’re pulling out 1009, House Bill 1011, House Bill 1012, House Bill 1030, House Bill 1031, House Bill 1046, House Bill 1057 and House Bill 1073 for separate votes. That what you got? I must have missed 1035. No, 35 we’re passing over for the day. We’re passing over for the day. And we’re passing over 1035 for the day. 

 

Shepherd [00:34:59] Rep. Bryant, for what purpose? You’re recognized. 

 

Bryant [00:35:04] Also pull House bill 1077.

 

Jean [00:35:07] Separate vote? 

 

Bryant [00:35:08] Yes. 

 

Jean [00:35:09] 1077? Got it. All right. Any others. Your one vote is for the bill and emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the set of bills for the third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:35:33] Mr Clerk, please read the bills for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:35:36] House Bill 1002, House Bill 1003, House Bill 1004, House Bill 1005, House Bill 1006, House Bill 1007, House Bill 1008, House Bill 1014, House Bill 1015, House Bill 1016, house Bill 1017, House Bill 1019, House Bill 1020, House Bill 1021, House Bill 1022, House Bill 1023, House Bill 1-024, House Bill 1025, House Bill 1029, House Bill 1032, House Bill 1038, House Bill 1039, House Bill 1040, House Bill 1041, House Bill 1042, House Bill 1044, House Bill 1047, House Bill 1048, House Bill 1049, House Bill 1051, House Bill 1052, House Bill 1053, House Bill 1078. 

 

Shepherd [00:36:20] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 97 yea, 0 nay, and 0 present, the bills have passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized.

 

Jean [00:36:47] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First one up that we’ve passed over for a separate vote will be House Bill 1009, the Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board. Any questions? Appreciate a good vote. You’re voting for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the clerk read the bill a third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:37:10] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? For the bill? Mr. Clerk read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:37:16] House Bill 1009. 

 

Shepherd [00:37:18] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 93 ayes, 3 nays and 1 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:37:45] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our next bill is House Bill 1011. Arkansas Rice and Research Board Any questions? 

 

Shepherd [00:37:54] Professor McKenzie, for what purpose? 

 

McKenzie [00:37:57] A question. 

 

Shepherd [00:37:59] You’re recognized. 

 

McKenzie [00:38:00] My question is for– probably out of order. If the people that are pulling these, I’m always curious why. So my question is if you have something that you know that we may be, might benefit from, I always appreciate that. 

 

Jean [00:38:17] Well, I don’t know why, because I got this firsthand just like you did. But a lot of times sometimes they may have a relative working and they just don’t identify that. Sometimes they just don’t like them. Anyway, all right. Your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker have the Clerk read the bill a third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:38:51] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr. Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:39:00] House Bill 1011. 

 

Shepherd [00:39:03] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 93 yeas, 4 nays and 0 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized.

 

Jean [00:39:32] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. House Bill 1012 is the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Any questions? Your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, please have the clerk read the bill a third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:39:47] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr. Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:39:55] House Bill 1012. 

 

Shepherd [00:39:58] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 92 yeas, 3 nays and 2 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:40:27] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We’re going to go to House Bill 1030, the Office of the Treasurer. This is our General Obligation Bond Fund. Any questions on that? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill the third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:40:46] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr. Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:40:53] House Bill 1030 

 

Shepherd [00:40:55] Prepare the machine, Mr. Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 95 yeas, 1 nay, 0 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:41:22] Thank you, Mr Speaker. Next one up on the list is House Bill 1031, which is AETN public television. Any questions? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill the third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:41:43] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Rep. Payton, you’re recognized to speak against the bill. 

 

Payton [00:41:55] I didn’t plan on coming down. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I didn’t plan on coming down here, but I’ll take McKenzie’s challenge. I asked for this to be pulled so I wouldn’t have to vote against the whole batch. I just wanted to vote against this one bill, because I don’t support the public funding of indoctrination and lobbying efforts. Thank you. 

 

Shepherd [00:42:15] Rep. Payton has spoken against the bill. Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:42:29] House Bill 1031. 

 

Shepherd [00:42:31] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. With 49 yeas, 45 nays and 1 present, the bill failed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:43:02] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our next bill that we’re taking up is House Bill 1046, The Henderson State University appropriation. Any questions? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill a third time 

 

Shepherd [00:43:19] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:43:28] House bill 1046. 

 

Shepherd [00:43:30] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 88 yeas, 3 nays and 4 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:43:53] Thank you, Mr Speaker. We’ve got three more. We got House Bill 1057, Arkansas Rehabilitation Service appropriation. We got any questions? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill for a third time 

 

Shepherd [00:44:12] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr. Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:44:20] House Bill 1057 

 

Shepherd [00:44:22] Prepare the machine, Mr. Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 95 yeas, 0 nay, and 1 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized.

 

Jean [00:44:43] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our next bill is House Bill 1073. This is the Treasurer of the State Appropriation, Treasurer’s office. Any questions? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill a third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:45:03] Sen. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:45:11] House Bill 1073. 

 

Shepherd [00:45:13] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 95 yeas, 1 nay, and 1 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Jean, you’re recognized.

 

Jean [00:45:39] All right, we’re to our last one. House Bill 1077. This is the Department of Health. This is just the Tobacco Settlement Cessation. It has nothing to do with the Department of Health. It’s just the Tobacco Settlement Program. Any questions? Remember, your one vote is for the bill and the emergency clause. Mr. Speaker, have the Clerk read the bill a third time. 

 

Shepherd [00:46:02] Rep. Jean has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Mr Clerk, please read the bill for the third time. 

 

Clerk [00:46:11] House Bill 1077.

 

Shepherd [00:46:14] Prepare the machine, Mr Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 69 yeas, 24 nays, and 3 present, the bill failed. Members, in the east Gallery we have with this the leadership class from the Arkansas Optometric Association. They’re the guests of Representative Karilyn Brown. Mr Clerk, please read House Bill 1095. 

 

Clerk [00:47:19] House Bill 1095 by House Management an act to the Arkansas House of Representatives staff appropriation for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. 

 

Shepherd [00:47:27] Rep. Wing, you’re recognized to explain the bill. 

 

Wing [00:47:32] Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday we passed the House appropriation for the fiscal session. This bill is the House appropriation for the entire fiscal year of 22-23. Just a couple of items of note. In the last several years, we have been able to decrease our appropriations 15 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent. Today, we’re proposing another 5 percent decrease, but we’re still able to fund everything that is needed for the House of Representatives to operate smoothly. I appreciate a good vote. 

 

Shepherd [00:48:04] Rep. Wing has explained the bill. Would anyone like to speak against the bill? Would anyone like to speak for the bill? Representative Wing is closed for the bill. The question before the House is the passage of House bill 1095. Prepare the machine, Mr. Clerk. Has everyone voted? Has everyone voted? Cast up the ballot, Mr Clerk. By a vote of 96 yea, 0 nays and 1 present, the bill is passed. Rep. Meeks, for what purpose? 

 

Meeks [00:48:44] Motion, please. 

 

Shepherd [00:48:45] Let’s hear your motion. 

 

Meeks [00:48:46] And colleagues, there’s going to be a slight adjustment on the time when I do this, so heads up. After the announcements, reading of the bills, transferring 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 that we adjourn until 11 o’clock tomorrow morning. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:05] That’s a proper motion. It’s not debatable. All in favor say aye. Any opposed. The ayes have it. Any announcements? Rep. Jean, for what purpose? 

 

Jean [00:49:15] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:16] You’re recognized. 

 

Jean [00:49:17] Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Big Mac A, Joint Budget. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:21] Representative Cozart, for what purpose? 

 

Cozart [00:49:23] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:24] You’re recognized. 

 

Cozart [00:49:24] I have two announcements. Education will meet this afternoon at 4 o’clock and room 138 to take up one bill. And also, please remember tomorrow is ALE Day, Alternative Learning Education between 9 and 12 in the Rotunda. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:39] Representative Eaves, for what purpose? 

 

Eaves [00:49:41] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:42] You’re recognized. 

 

Eaves [00:49:43] House Rules will meet at 2 o’clock today in Big Mac B. We’ve got about five items on the agenda. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:50] Rep. Tosh, for what purpose? 

 

Tosh [00:49:51] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [00:49:52] You’re recognized. 

 

Tosh [00:49:53] State Agencies will meet at 3 o’clock today, Room 151, to take up one bill. That’s 3 o’clock today, State Agencies. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:00] Rep. Johnson, for what purpose? 

 

Johnson [00:50:02] Announcement. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:03] You’re recognized. 

 

Johnson [00:50:04] JBC Administrative Rules Review Subcommittee will meet at 8 o’clock in the morning in Big Mac A. 

 

Shepherd [00:50:10] Any other announcements? The desk will remain open as needed for the reading of the bills, and upon completion of the items named in the adjourn resolution, the House will be adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.