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SB 71: Prohibits state entities from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, a person or group on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, or national origin in matters of state employment, public education, or state procurement.
Do Pass from Senate State Agencies and Govt’l Affairs committee on voice vote. It will be considered on Senate floor.
HB 1006: To require employers that cover abortions or travel expenses related to abortion to also provide twelve (12) weeks of paid maternity leave.
Passed House 80-12
Referred to Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee
HB 1017: Add school district employees to the list of public employees that are allowed to take a leave of absence related to participation in certain emergency and rescue services.
Passed House 96-0/ Passed Senate 35-1/ Signed by Governor – Act 20
HB 1091: Require that GED be treated the same as high school diploma for employment in Arkansas.
Passed House 98-0/ Passed Senate 34-0/ Signed by Governor – Act 100
HB 1130: Clarifies that a covenant not to compete agreement is unenforceable for medical professionals that hold a license under Arkansas Code Title 17, Subtitle.
Referred to House Insurance and Commerce Committee
HB 1181: To establish the counseling compact in Arkansas. This bill aligns with SHRM’s efforts to get the Counseling Compact passed at the State level.
Passed House 79-8
Referred to Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee
HB 1197: Disqualifies claimants for UI benefits if claimant fails to respond to offer of employment or fails to appear for previously scheduled interview.
Passed House 84-10/ Passed Senate 33-0/ Signed by Governor – Act 106
HB 1271 | SB 263: These bills seek to eliminate the current prior authorization processes for all fully insured individuals and small businesses. The bill applies to insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, hospital and medical service corporations, risk-based provider organizations and sponsors of non-federal self-funded governmental health plans.
HB 1410: Repeals requirement that an employer of child under 16 years of age must procure an employment certificate and make it available to Division of Labor and Division of Elementary and Secondary Education or local school officials.
Passed House 54-32/ Passed Senate 24-9/ On Governor’s desk
HB 1259 | SB 122: This bill seeks to require a healthcare insurer to pay a healthcare provider all costs of care including deductibles, coinsurance and copays, which are currently the responsibility of the patient/health plan enrollee. The insurer must then collect the deductibles, coinsurance and copays from the patient/enrollee. The bill would prohibit the insurer from withholding any amount for cost sharing and also prohibit any decrease in reimbursements or increase in premiums. Further, the insurer cannot cancel a policy for unpaid amounts. A health insurer estimates the financial impact of this bill to possibly be as much as $730 million.
Referred to House Insurance and Commerce committee
Referred to Senate Insurance and commerce committee
HB 1430: Multiple changes to unemployment insurance law:
Passed House 79-15/ Passed Senate 29-3/ On Governor’s desk
HB 1433: Amends the law related to the Division of Workforce Services regarding rules, disclosure of information, judicial review for unemployment claims, recovery claims, Arkansas Workforce Development Board membership, and adult education funds.
Passed House 91-1/ Passed Senate 32-1/ On Governor’s desk
HB 1451: Requires employers to provide unpaid leave to Veteran employees on Veteran’s Day.
Failed in House 28-37
SB 111: Allows insurers to develop and market a new line of insurance – “family leave insurance.”
Passed Senate 32-0/ Passed House 98-0/ On Governor’s desk
SB 230: Requires employers to provide 8 hours of paid leave to each employee registered to vote for early voting.
Referred to Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee
Moved to deferred list in Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee
SB 263: Modifies the process for mechanics and artisans selling property that is held for debt in exchange for labor and materials.
Senate Judiciary committee – Do Pass