Legislative Roundup: Guns, Abortion Weigh Heavy on Session

by Mark Carter  on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 12:00 am  

Grant Tennille of AEDC speaks to the Arkansas Senate last week about the proposed Big River Steel project. (Photo by Lance Turner)

Last week, in response to House committee opposition that resulted in his bill’s delay, the Conway Republican said he would change the provisions to allow for detection by means of an abdominal ultrasound which could be performed at 10-12 weeks.

The measure, Senate Bill 134, remains on the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee agenda, having already passed the Senate. Both Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel have questioned the bill’s constitutionality.

Again last week, the Legislature addressed controversial issues related to guns. The Senate approved legislation that would make secret the names of the roughly 130,000 people in the state licensed to carry concealed handguns.

Senate Bill 131 from Sen. Bruce Holland, R-Greenwood, would exempt those names from the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The measure passed the Senate, 24-9, and heads to the House. State law currently specifies that the names and ZIP codes of concealed-carry permit holders are public record.

A legislative menu that featured guns, abortion and death wouldn’t be complete without some sex-offender laws. Beebe last week signed into law measures that would ban certain sex offenders from swimming areas and playgrounds in state parks and impose a fee on sex offenders who move to Arkansas from other states.

Check out all of Arkansas Business’ legislative coverage at ArkansasBusiness.com/89th-General-Assembly.



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