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Arkansas General Assembly Focuses on Governor’s Tax Packet
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 AM

The Arkansas 91st General Assembly has started its third week. Legislators had taken off several holiday Mondays and Fridays, and now this should be a full week, according to Ron Harrod, Arkansas Credit Union Association lobbyist.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50-million-dollar income tax cut bill was passed out of the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee last week and was amended to include more sponsors. 

Proposed and pending bills have covered a variety of subjects in this assembly, with upcoming filing deadlines. For instance, Feb. 8 is the deadline to file constitutional amendments, and Feb. 27 is the deadline to file appropriation bills.

Following are some bills of interest. Click the bill number to learn more about its details. 

HB1162 – This bill amends Arkansas tax law concerning income tax, sales and use taxes, and the soft drink tax; and to supplement the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund to offset decreased deposits from tax revenues. This started as a 7-page bill and has been amended to 34 pages. SB120 by Sen. Jane English is expected to be amended to mirror HB1162.

SB120 This bill amends Arkansas tax law concerning income tax, sales and use taxes, and the soft drink tax; and to supplement the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund to offset decreased deposits from tax revenues.

SB115 – The Senate bill that declared an emergency and created the Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 passed on the Senate floor Monday, Jan. 23; it has been transferred to the House.

HB1159 – The House bill that declared an emergency and created the Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017. Passed Jan. 23 on the House Floor, and has been transferred to the Senate.

Since 2007, the Arkansas Legislature has cut taxes by $482 million; this includes the remainder of the food tax cut passed during previous sessions, which will come off in 2018. With the passage of SB115, lawmakers will have passed $532 million in tax cuts, some of which will not be implemented until 2019.

SB140 – This bill provides for the collection of sales tax rather than use tax on sales by certain remote sellers. The bill, by Senator Jakes Files (R-District 8), concerns collecting taxes on Internet sales. Applies to persons or entities selling tangible personal property, products transferred electronically, or services for delivery into Arkansas that do not have a physical presence in this state; certain thresholds must be met.

HB1026 – This bill amends the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 regarding the dates for rulemaking and the date to begin accepting applications for dispensaries and cultivation facilities; and to declare an emergency. This bill has been transmitted to the governor for his signature.

HB1058 – This bill amends the definition of "written certification" within the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 and specifies that an application for a registry identification card is not a medical record. This bill was on the Senate floor Monday, and will then be enrolled and sent to the governor’s office.

HB1126 – This bill amends the definition of "employer" and the hate offense and retaliation provisions of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993.

SB130 – This bill concerns the omnibus DWI or BWI Act; operation of a motor vehicle or boat under the influence of marijuana; and establishing a presumptive level of intoxication due to marijuana in a person's bodily fluids.

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