Even though this legislative session hasn’t seen as much legislation filed so far as others I’ve lobbied, there is still a lot going on at the Capitol. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from this past week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement Wednesday in response to the Lottery Oversight Committee’s decision to cut lottery scholarships by 10 percent.
“This is why we’ve always believed the Arkansas Lottery was a poor way to fund scholarships,” Cox said, “because they claim their purpose is to fund education, but the reality is they end up blowing hundreds of million of dollars on advertising and high-paid executives, and the students wanting to go to college take the backseat.
HB1369, by Rep. Shepherd, creates a back-to-school sales-tax holiday. Many states—including nearly all of Arkansas’ bordering states—have an annual tax holiday of some kind for back-to-school supplies. This bill would add Arkansas to that list.