Legislative Agenda: Focus Remains on Guns, Abortion

by Mark Carter  on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 12:00 am  

Bruce Holland

Whistleblower Rewards

The House approved a bill that would reward “whistleblowers” in state government whose exposure of fraud and waste leads to savings.

The bill, House Bill 1043 from Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, would reward such whistleblowers with up to 10 percent of the savings gained from the discovery of the fraud or waste. The reward would be capped at $125,000 unless approved by the Legislature. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Lottery Scholarship Distribution

The formula funding the state’s lottery scholarships would be changed under a bill by Rep. Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, that passed out of House committee last week.

The bill would change the formula to provide $2,000 for entering freshmen at four-year colleges and universities in the state and adding $1,000 each year ultimately capped at $5,000 for seniors. Students at two-year colleges would receive $2,000 per year.

Currently, lottery scholarship students get $4,500 for every year at a four-year school and $2,250 for each year at a two-year school.

Voter ID

A bill requiring Arkansas voters to show a photo ID before they could cast a ballot was moved through Senate committee last week. The measure from Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, would allow voters to cast a provisional ballot without an ID. Voters would have until the following Monday to provide county election officials with an ID, and voters without an ID could cast a ballot if they sign an affidavit.

State law currently requires election officials to ask for an ID but one is not required to vote.



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