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Arkansas Legislature to Convene January 9, 2017
Thursday, December 29, 2016 7:00 AM

Ron Harrod, Arkansas Credit Union Lobbyist, noted that since our last update regarding the 91st Arkansas General Assembly there has been some party switching in the House of Representative. At this time, the 91st General Assembly Arkansas House membership breakdown is now 76 Republicans and 24 Democrats. There are 82 men and 18 women. 16 Members will be serving their 4th term. There are 4 attorneys among the freshman legislative members. 

The 91st General Assembly Arkansas Senate 35 membership is composed of 24 Republicans and 11 Democrats. There are 28 men and 7 women. There has not been any party switching at this time. Arkansas has transitioned from a traditionally Democratic state to a Republican legislative majority during the past three election cycles. 

The 91st General Assembly Legislative Session will begin at noon January 9, 2017. They began filing bills November 15. During the 2015 Legislative Session, there were 2,186 bills filed with more than a thousand amendments. 1,288 bills became ACTS. Arkansas is one of 35 states that allow bills to be filed before the session begins. There has been 96 bills filed to date. The bills address Political Action Committees, Dark Money in Political Ethic, School Buses, and a wide variety of other issues.

The Regular Legislative Session is originally scheduled to last 60 days. The session can be extended with a vote of two-thirds of both houses.