Bad Bill Would Permit Internet Gambling on Sports

On Monday Rep. Lee Johnson (R – Greenwood) filed H.B. 1942.

This bad bill lets casinos in Arkansas conduct internet gambling on sporting events.

The bill is incredibly open-ended.

H.B. 1942 authorizes internet sports betting on professional sports, amateur sports, and college sports.

Besides applying to athletic events like football or basketball, the bill also permits internet sportsbetting on motor race events, electronic sports, competitive video game events, and any other event authorized by the Arkansas Racing Commission.

Between the state-run lottery and the casinos, Arkansas already has too much gambling. We don’t need any more.

Read The Bill Here.

Arkansas Congressmen Sign Pro-Life Petition

Last week all four congressmen from Arkansas signed a petition to force a vote on pro-life H.R. 619, the federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

H.R. 619 is a federal measure currently in Congress. If passed, it would protect infants who survive a botched abortion.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure that a baby born alive after an abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn.

The measure also would punish doctors who let an infant die or intentionally kill a newborn following an abortion.

Several states have enacted similar legislation — including Arkansas. H.R. 619 would protecting babies nationwide.

All four of Arkansas’ congressmen are co-sponsors on the measure.

H.R. 619 is tied up in committee, but last week some 202 members of Congress signed a petition asking for a floor vote on the bill in the full U.S. House of Representatives.

Planned Parenthood’s Arkansas PAC Shows No Activity, $15K+ in Funds

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Arkansas — the abortion giant’s political action committee for Arkansas — recently filed its report for the first quarter of 2021.

The report indicates the PAC had virtually no activity from January through March of this year.

The report also shows that Planned Parenthood currently has $15,188 at its disposal to spend on electioneering in Arkansas.

State documents also indicate that Planned Parenthood has a lobbyist registered at the address for its abortion facility in Little Rock, but the lobbyist has reported no activity this year.

In 2020 Planned Parenthood endorsed and gave financial support to several candidates in Arkansas.

Four of the candidates Planned Parenthood endorsed — Rep. Denise Ennet (D – Little Rock), Rep. Tippi McCullough (D – Little Rock), Sen. Clarke Tucker (D – Little Rock), and Rep. David Whitaker (D – Fayetteville) — were elected to office.

Planned Parenthood also has been very active tracking and speaking out against pro-life legislation in Arkansas this year.

In spite of that opposition, the Arkansas Legislature has passed virtually every pro-life measure that has come before lawmakers. Arkansas is the most pro-life state in America. And public opinion polling shows Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life.