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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
April 10, 2019 AR SB 411 Prohibits Local Government from Adopting "Sanctuary Policies" Bill Passed - House (71 - 24)
April 5, 2019 AR SB 411 Prohibits Local Government from Adopting "Sanctuary Policies" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 5)
Feb. 6, 2019 AR SB 211 Reduces Top Individual Income Tax Rate to 5.9 Percent Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
March 8, 2017 AR HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Jan. 31, 2017 AR HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21)
April 2, 2015 AR SJR 16 Authorizes Issuance of Bonds for Economic Development Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
April 2, 2015 AR SJR 16 Authorizes Issuance of Bonds for Economic Development Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
March 6, 2015 AR HJR 1003 Requests a Constitutional Convention Bill Passed - House (52 - 33)
Feb. 19, 2015 AR HB 1355 Authorizes Local Control of Fluoride in Water Systems Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Feb. 13, 2015 AR SB 202 Prohibits New Classes of Protected Individuals Bill Passed - House (58 - 21)
April 18, 2013 AR SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
April 17, 2013 AR SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Bill Passed - House (70 - 23)
April 9, 2013 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
April 9, 2013 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
April 9, 2013 AR HJR 1009 Amends Campaign Contribution Laws Joint Resolution Passed - House (71 - 12)
April 9, 2013 AR HJR 1009 Amends Campaign Contribution Laws Joint Resolution Passed - House (71 - 12)
April 1, 2013 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - House (52 - 45)
March 27, 2013 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
March 20, 2013 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - House (63 - 24)
March 20, 2013 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - House (63 - 24)
March 19, 2013 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
March 19, 2013 AR HB 1819 Prohibits Governor from Regulating Firearms in an Emergency Bill Passed - House (78 - 9)
March 13, 2013 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
March 12, 2013 AR HB 1357 Requires Special Elections to Be Held On Certain Days Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
March 8, 2013 AR HB 1329 Reduces Concealed Carry License Application Fee Bill Failed - House (31 - 52)
March 5, 2013 AR HB 1041 Establishes a Spending Cap on the State Budget Bill Failed - House (49 - 47)
Feb. 20, 2013 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 4, 2013 AR HB 1100 Prohibits Abortion Coverage on the State Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (77 - 15)
April 12, 2011 AR SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 12, 2011 AR SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 12, 2011 AR SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (61 - 20)
April 12, 2011 AR SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (61 - 20)
April 6, 2011 AR SB 871 Congressional Redistricting Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
April 6, 2011 AR SB 871 Congressional Redistricting Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
March 21, 2011 AR HB 1797 Requires Proof of Identity to Vote Bill Passed - House (53 - 36)
Feb. 21, 2011 AR HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Feb. 16, 2011 AR HB 1002 Capital Gains Reduction Act Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
Feb. 14, 2011 AR HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 14)
Jan. 27, 2011 AR SB 113 Prohibit Abortion Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Jan. 20, 2011 AR HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
March 9, 2009 AR HB 1700 Expanding Eligibility for Children's Health Insurance Program Bill Passed - House (82 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2009 AR HB 1339 Election of the President by National Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
Feb. 12, 2009 AR HB 1204 Tobacco Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Feb. 5, 2009 AR HB 1204 Tobacco Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
Jan. 27, 2009 AR HB 1050 Freedom of Information Act Exemption Specifications Bill Passed - House (57 - 31)
Jan. 27, 2009 AR HB 1050 Freedom of Information Act Exemption Specifications Bill Passed - House (57 - 31)
April 2, 2008 AR SB 1 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (82 - 17)
April 2, 2008 AR HB 1004 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
April 1, 2008 AR HB 1004 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (81 - 16)
April 1, 2008 AR SB 1 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
March 28, 2007 AR SB 1004 Beer Tax Bill Passed - House (51 - 39)
March 22, 2007 AR SB 1004 Beer Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
April 21, 2006 AR SB 16 Science Specialist Program Funding Line Item Veto Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 13)
April 6, 2006 AR SB 18 Property Tax Interest Bill Failed - House (46 - 46)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/10 SB 411 Prohibits Local Government from Adopting "Sanctuary Policies" Bill Passed - House (71 - 24)
4/05 SB 411 Prohibits Local Government from Adopting "Sanctuary Policies" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 5)
2/06 SB 211 Reduces Top Individual Income Tax Rate to 5.9 Percent Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
3/08 HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
1/31 HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21)
4/02 SJR 16 Authorizes Issuance of Bonds for Economic Development Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
4/02 SJR 16 Authorizes Issuance of Bonds for Economic Development Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
3/06 HJR 1003 Requests a Constitutional Convention Bill Passed - House (52 - 33)
2/19 HB 1355 Authorizes Local Control of Fluoride in Water Systems Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
2/13 SB 202 Prohibits New Classes of Protected Individuals Bill Passed - House (58 - 21)
4/18 SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
4/17 SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Bill Passed - House (70 - 23)
4/09 HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
4/09 HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
4/09 HJR 1009 Amends Campaign Contribution Laws Joint Resolution Passed - House (71 - 12)
4/09 HJR 1009 Amends Campaign Contribution Laws Joint Resolution Passed - House (71 - 12)
4/01 SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - House (52 - 45)
3/27 SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
3/20 HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - House (63 - 24)
3/20 HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - House (63 - 24)
3/19 SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
3/19 HB 1819 Prohibits Governor from Regulating Firearms in an Emergency Bill Passed - House (78 - 9)
3/13 SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
3/12 HB 1357 Requires Special Elections to Be Held On Certain Days Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
3/08 HB 1329 Reduces Concealed Carry License Application Fee Bill Failed - House (31 - 52)
3/05 HB 1041 Establishes a Spending Cap on the State Budget Bill Failed - House (49 - 47)
2/20 SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
2/04 HB 1100 Prohibits Abortion Coverage on the State Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (77 - 15)
4/12 SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/12 SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/12 SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (61 - 20)
4/12 SB 972 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (61 - 20)
4/06 SB 871 Congressional Redistricting Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
4/06 SB 871 Congressional Redistricting Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
3/21 HB 1797 Requires Proof of Identity to Vote Bill Passed - House (53 - 36)
2/21 HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
2/16 HB 1002 Capital Gains Reduction Act Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
2/14 HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 14)
1/27 SB 113 Prohibit Abortion Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
1/20 HB 1115 Absentee Mayor Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
3/09 HB 1700 Expanding Eligibility for Children's Health Insurance Program Bill Passed - House (82 - 14)
2/25 HB 1339 Election of the President by National Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
2/12 HB 1204 Tobacco Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
2/05 HB 1204 Tobacco Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
1/27 HB 1050 Freedom of Information Act Exemption Specifications Bill Passed - House (57 - 31)
1/27 HB 1050 Freedom of Information Act Exemption Specifications Bill Passed - House (57 - 31)
4/02 SB 1 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (82 - 17)
4/02 HB 1004 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
4/01 HB 1004 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (81 - 16)
4/01 SB 1 Natural Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
3/28 SB 1004 Beer Tax Bill Passed - House (51 - 39)
3/22 SB 1004 Beer Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
4/21 SB 16 Science Specialist Program Funding Line Item Veto Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 13)
4/06 SB 18 Property Tax Interest Bill Failed - House (46 - 46)

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