Friday Wrap Up

We’re concerned about the things that concern Arkansas state employees, so we’ll do this weekly wrap up every Friday during the session, with updates on the bills we’re following.

You may have seen this article or others online, and we want to let you all know that we’ve spoken to the Governor’s office just yesterday, and they said they are 100% committed to revising the pay plan, and that they too agree that retention has been a major issue that needs to be resolved.

As soon as we hear more, we will let you know. In the meantime, here are the bills we’re following and what we know so far:

SB125 (Maternity leave) – Lead sponsor: Sen. Irvin. Title: To amend provisions of the uniform attendance and leave policy act.

Status: Senate – Reported correctly engrossed. Passed out of committee this week, next week it goes to the Senate for a full vote, then to the House for a full vote. Click here to see the full bill.

HB1046 (Maternity Leave) – Lead sponsor: Rep. Tucker. Title: To permit paid maternity leave for state employees.

Status: House – Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs – House. (On hold). Click here to see the full bill.

SB251 (Policy) – Lead sponsor: Sen. B. King. Title: To remove remediation as a function of institutions of higher education; to transfer higher education remediation funding to other state entities; to declare an emergency.

Status: Senate – Read first time, rules suspended, read second time, referred to Senate Committee on Education. Click here to see the full bill.

HB1258 (Retirement) – Lead sponsor: Rep. Gillam. Title: To amend the law concerning membership and vacancies on the board of trustees of the Arkansas Public Employees’ Retirement System; and to declare and emergency.

Status: Senate – Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on Senate Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs. Click here to see the full bill.

HB1306 (Insurance) – Lead sponsor: Rep. Sorvillo. Title: An act to amend the law concerning the partial state contribution of employees’ premiums; to declare an emergency; and for other purposes.

Status: House – Returned by the Committee Do Pass. Click here to see the full bill.

SB202 (Retirement) – Lead sponsor: Sen. Sample. Title: To amend the law concerning a member’s cessation of participation in the Arkansas Public Employees’ Retirement System deferred retirement option plan.

Status: Senate – Read first time, rules suspended, read second time, referred to Joint Committee on Retirement and Social Security Programs. Click here to see the full bill.

HB1187 (Retirement) – Lead sponsor: Rep. Bragg. Title: To create an exception for certain essential seasonal staff who are participants in the Arkansas Public Employees’ Retirement System deferred retirement option plan.

Status: House – Reported correctly engrossed. Click here to see the full bill.

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