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Senator Bart Hester (R)

P.O. Box 85, Cave Springs, 72718

Senator Bart Hester (R)
Phone: 479-531-4176
Phone:
District: 1
District:
1
Seniority: 20
Seniority:
20
Occupation: Real Estate and Construction
Occupation:
Real Estate and Construction
Church Affiliation: Baptist
Church Affiliation:
Baptist
Veteran: No
Veteran:
No
Public Service: Senate 2013, 2015, 2017, Majority Whip
Public Service:
Senate 2013, 2015, 2017, Majority Whip


Bills

Bill
Title
Bill Status
Primary Sponsor
TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS BY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS.
TO AMEND THE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO PROPERTY TAXES; AND TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLISHING NOTICE OF DELINQUENT TAXES ON MINERAL INTERESTS.
TO CREATE A SECOND AMENDMENT APPRECIATION WEEKEND.
AN ACT TO MODIFY THE METHOD USED TO SET THE TEACHER DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN INTEREST RATE; TO ALLOW BALANCE TRANSFERS BETWEEN RECIPROCAL SYSTEMS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO MODIFY BUYOUT PLANS FOR INACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE ARKANSAS TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE MULTIPLIER RATE UNDER THE ARKANSAS TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW ON CONTRIBUTION RATE ADJUSTMENTS BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ARKANSAS TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM; TO PERMIT CONTRIBUTION RATE ADJUSTMENTS BASED ON ACTUARIAL SOUNDNESS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE LOCAL POLICEMEN'S PENSION AND RELIEF FUNDS AND LOCAL FIREMEN'S RELIEF AND PENSION FUNDS.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS JUDICIAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE STATE POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW TO FACILITATE RECOVERY OF FUNDS BY PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO REVISE THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM; AND TO REVISE THE LAW CONCERNING RETIREMENT AND PENSIONS.
TO ESTABLISH THAT ATTORNEY RECORDS RELATED TO LITIGATION INVOLVING A STATE-SUPPORTED INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION OR ITS OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1967.
TO ESTABLISH A RETAIL OFF-PREMISES PERMIT FOR THE SALE OF WINE AT GROCERY STORES AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GRANT FUNDS TO SUPPORT ARKANSAS WINE PRODUCTION AND WINE TOURISM IN THE STATE.
TO PROHIBIT CITIES AND COUNTIES FROM DENYING OR HINDERING PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS THE RIGHT TO REMOVE OR TRIM TREES, BUSHES, OR SHRUBS.
TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING SCHOOL ELECTIONS.
TO REVISE THE COMPENSATION PLAN UNDER THE UNIFORM CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION ACT AND TO AMEND VARIOUS LAWS CONCERNING EMPLOYEES OF INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND STATE EMPLOYEE SALARIES AND BENEFITS.
AN ACT FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE - COUNTY VOTING SYSTEM GRANT FUND SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION.
TO REPEAL THE ACADEMIC FACILITIES EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES PROGRAM.
TO EXEMPT ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS AND ATTORNEY WORK PRODUCT FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1967.
TO EXEMPT CERTAIN COMMODITIES AND SERVICES UNDER THE ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT LAW.
TO AMEND THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE TO PREVENT FRAUDULENT LIEN FILINGS.
TO EXPAND THE ABILITY OF THE STATE TO NEGOTIATE CONTRACTS; TO DEFINE "COLLUSION" UNDER ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT LAW; AND TO REQUIRE REVIEW OF A CONTRACT BEFORE IT IS RATIFIED OR AFFIRMED.
TO CLARIFY THE RESOLUTION OF PROTESTED SOLICITATIONS AND AWARDS UNDER THE ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT LAW.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE SALE AND REDEMPTION OF TAX-DELINQUENT PROPERTY.
TO PROHIBIT PUBLIC ENTITIES FROM CONTRACTING WITH AND INVESTING IN COMPANIES THAT BOYCOTT ISRAEL.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE SUPERVISION OF APPRENTICE PLUMBERS IN THE FINAL YEAR OF AN APPRENTICESHIP.
TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE ARKANSAS CODE PERTAINING TO INTERDISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE.
CONCERNING PERSONNEL AND SALARIES OF THE OFFICE OF THE ARKANSAS LOTTERY.
TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT OF 2016 REGARDING LOCAL REGULATIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
REQUIRING A PERSON CONVICTED OF AN OFFENSE USING A COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE; AND TO CREATE A FEE.
TO REPEAL THE ARKANSAS PREVAILING WAGE LAW; AND TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY TO CITIES AND COUNTIES FOR CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW CONCERNING REGISTERED LOBBYISTS.
TO PROHIBIT POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE FROM REQUIRING MORE THAN FEDERAL OR STATE REQUIREMENTS FROM EMPLOYERS.
TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR WRITTEN PUBLIC NOTICES.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP OF THE ARKANSAS APPRAISER LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION BOARD.
TO REGULATE INSTALLMENT LOANS; TO ESTABLISH THE ARKANSAS TRADITIONAL INSTALLMENT LOAN ACT; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO PROVIDE FOR CLARIFICATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENT 98, ALSO KNOWN AS THE "ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT OF 2016".
TO AMEND THE LAWS TO IMPROVE CERTAIN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND PROMOTION BOARDS.
TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN DELINQUENCY CASES AND FAMILIES IN NEED OF SERVICES CASES FROM UNWARRANTED TESTING FOR DRUG OR ALCOHOL ABUSE.
TO AMEND VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF TITLE 6 OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING PUBLIC EDUCATION.
CONCERNING THE REPLACEMENT OF CURRENT ARKANSAS STATUES IN THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE REQUIRED FOR A CONTRACTOR.
TO ELIMINATE STATE PAYMENTS SUBSIDIZING ARKANSAS WINERIES; TO PROHIBIT THE DIRECT SHIPMENT OF WINE; TO ELIMINATE STATE PAYMENTS SUBSIDIZING ARKANSAS WINERIES; AND TO PROHIBIT THE DIRECT SHIPMENT OF WINE.
CONCERNING A COUNTY SHERIFF'S COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT FUND; AND CONCERNING COMMISSIONS FROM PRISONER TELEPHONE SERVICE PROFITS AND PRISONER COMMISSARY SERVICES.
TO ADOPT THE PROSPERITY STATES COMPACT.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING A MECHANIC'S LIEN.
CoSponsor
TO AMEND THE ELIGIBILITY OF FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY APPLY FOR A GOLD STAR LICENSE PLATE.
TO REQUIRE THAT REGISTERED VOTERS BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL OF THE DATES FOR CERTAIN SPECIAL ELECTIONS; AND TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
CONCERNING THE ENTRY UNDER CAUSE OF DEATH ON A PERSON'S DEATH CERTIFICATE WHEN THE PERSON WAS EXECUTED DUE TO A SENTENCE FOR A CAPITAL OFFENSE.
TO CREATE THE TAX REFORM AND RELIEF ACT OF 2017; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND ARKANSAS TAX LAW CONCERNING INCOME TAX, SALES AND USE TAXES, AND THE SOFT DRINK TAX; AND TO SUPPLEMENT THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TRUST FUND TO OFFSET DECREASED DEPOSITS FROM TAX REVENUES.
TO CREATE A FOUR-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE AWARDING OF EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS; TO ESTABLISH THE ARKANSAS PARENTAL EMPOWERMENT FOR EDUCATION CHOICE ACT OF 2017.
TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW CONCERNING THE FILLING OF VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES SENATOR; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT OF 2016 REGARDING LOCAL REGULATIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
HONOR ARKANSAS VETERANS ACT OF 2017.
TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT OF 2016; AND TO PROHIBIT THE SMOKING OF MARIJUANA IN ANY LOCATION IN ARKANSAS.
TO AMEND CERTAIN ARKANSAS ETHICS LAWS, ARTICLE 19, § 30, OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION, AND PORTIONS OF LAW RESULTING FROM INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1988; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND LAWS RELEVANT TO UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND UNEMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY.
TO AMEND PROVISIONS IN THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING ELECTION RUNOFFS, INITIATIVES, AND REFERENDA.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS.
TO TRANSFER THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS TO THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE; TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING COMPLAINTS OF ELECTION LAW VIOLATIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUCCEED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO REQUIRE THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVICS PORTION OF THE NATURALIZATION TEST USED BY UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES BEFORE A STUDENT MAY RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA.
TO STIMULATE JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WHILE PRESERVING HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO EXEMPT CERTAIN RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS STATE POLICE CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION AND MANSION GROUNDS FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1967.
TO TRANSFER THE STATE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES THROUGH A TYPE 3 TRANSFER; AND TO ABOLISH THE STATE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD.
TO AMEND THE DATES OF THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION AND PREFERENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION; TO AMEND THE TIME PERIOD FOR FILING AS A CANDIDATE FOR A PRIMARY ELECTION; AND TO AMEND THE TIME FOR THE FISCAL SESSION.
TO AMEND THE DATES OF THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION AND PREFERENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION; TO AMEND THE TIME PERIOD FOR FILING AS A CANDIDATE FOR A PRIMARY ELECTION; AND TO AMEND THE TIME FOR THE FISCAL SESSION.
CONCERNING A CIVIL ACTION INVOLVING A DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICE; AND TO DEFINE THE MEASURE OF DAMAGES IN A CASE INVOLVING A DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICE.
CONCERNING SCHOOL DISTRICT WAIVERS; TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO GRANT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WAIVER PETITION IF AN OPEN-ENROLLMENT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL DRAWING STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS GRANTED A WAIVER.
TO AMEND THE ANNUAL FRANCHISE TAX.
TO PROMOTE, RECRUIT, AND RETAIN A HIGHLY SKILLED WORKFORCE IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS; TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM OF RECIPROCITY FOR LICENSING, REGISTRATION, AND CERTIFICATION FOR CERTAIN PROFESSIONS.
TO AMEND AND CLARIFY THE MINIMUM WAGE ACT OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW THAT RESULTED FROM INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1988 CONCERNING STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL INTEREST BY STATE OFFICIALS.
CONCERNING THE CREDIT SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS ACT OF 1987.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE CONFIDENTIALITY AND RELEASE OF FOSTER HOME AND ADOPTIVE HOME RECORDS; AND TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION RELATED TO INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING CHILDREN TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY UNDER THE CHILD MALTREATMENT ACT.
TO ADOPT THE COMPACT FOR A BALANCED BUDGET; AND TO ADOPT A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE COMPACT FOR A BALANCED BUDGET.
CONCERNING COUNTY JAIL REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOUSING STATE INMATES.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING INTERNAL AUDITS OF STATE AGENCIES; AND TO ESTABLISH THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE FOR INTERNAL AUDIT ACTIVITIES WITHIN CERTAIN STATE AGENCIES.
TO ESTABLISH THAT ALL PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE TRANSFERS OF A DEPARTMENT, INSTITUTION, OR OTHER STATE AGENCY TO A PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENT ARE DEEMED TYPE 2 TRANSFERS UNLESS OTHERWISE CLASSIFIED AS A TYPE 3 TRANSFER OR TYPE 4 TRANSFER.
TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF PROCUREMENT LAW TO REFLECT THE IMPACT OF INFLATION ON THE COST OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND TO ENCOURAGE MORE PARTICIPATION BY SMALL BUSINESSES.
CONCERNING THE CIVIL LIABILITY OF AN ENTITY THAT MAINTAINS A POLICY THAT PROHIBITS THE CARRYING OF A HANDGUN ON ITS PROPERTY.
CONCERNING THE CIVIL LIABILITY OF AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT MAINTAINS A POLICY THAT PROHIBITS THE CARRYING OF A HANDGUN ON ITS PROPERTY AND THE LIABILITY OF THE INSTITUTION'S GOVERNING BODY.
TO MODIFY THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION MAY SELL OR DISPOSE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY.
TO CREATE THE ELECTRIC BICYCLE ACT.
TO ABOLISH THE ALLOCATION OF ENROLLMENT POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE BASED ON CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ARKANSAS RESIDENCY.
CONCERNING THE SALE OF FIREWORKS; AND CONCERNING THE SALE OF FIREWORKS AT A PERMANENT PHYSICAL LOCATION.
TO AMEND THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1967 CONCERNING DATA RELATED TO A PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM OR MUNICIPALLY OWNED UTILITY SYSTEM.
APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING VOTER IDENTIFICATION WHEN CASTING A BALLOT.
TO CREATE THE TAX REFORM AND RELIEF ACT OF 2017; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND ARKANSAS TAX LAW CONCERNING INCOME TAX, SALES AND USE TAXES, AND THE SOFT DRINK TAX; AND TO SUPPLEMENT THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TRUST FUND TO OFFSET DECREASED DEPOSITS FROM TAX REVENUES.
TO CREATE A PROCEDURE FOR THE REVOCATION OF A CHARTER OF A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION AS A RESULT OF THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION'S NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW.
TO CREATE BORN-ALIVE INFANT PROTECTION.
CONCERNING THE PLACEMENT OF A GOLD STAR FAMILY MEMORIAL MONUMENT ON THE STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS.
TO AMEND ARKANSAS CODE § 18-16-101 CONCERNING THE FAILURE TO PAY RENT AND THE REFUSAL TO VACATE UPON NOTICE.
TO ESTABLISH A RETAIL OFF-PREMISES PERMIT FOR THE SALE OF WINE AT GROCERY STORES AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GRANT FUNDS TO SUPPORT ARKANSAS WINE PRODUCTION AND WINE TOURISM IN THE STATE.
TO GRANT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS A RIGHT OF ACCESS TO UNUSED OR UNDERUTILIZED PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES.
TO REQUIRE A PERSON WHO APPLIES FOR A K-6 TEACHING LICENSE OR A SPECIAL EDUCATION K-12 TEACHING LICENSE TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS A STAND-ALONE READING TEST AND A MULTI-SUBJECT TEST AS A CONDITION OF LICENSURE.
TO CREATE THE WRONGFUL BIRTH CIVIL LIABILITY PROTECTION ACT.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS TO CERTAIN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES.
TO SUNSET CERTAIN TAX INCENTIVES; TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE SALES AND USE TAX REFUND FOR THE REPAIR AND PARTIAL REPLACEMENT OF MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF THE OFFENSE OF COMPUTER FRAUD TO INCLUDE EXTORTION USING RANSOMWARE.
TO ESTABLISH THE PARENTAL CHOICE PILOT PROGRAM.
APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING VOTER IDENTIFICATION WHEN CASTING A BALLOT IN PERSON.
URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF "MARRIAGE".
A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT LIMITING CONTINGENCY FEES AND AWARDS OF PUNITIVE AND NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES; AND CHANGING THE POWERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE SUPREME COURT REGARDING RULES OF PLEADING, PRACTICE, AND PROCEDURE.
URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDING THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING IS ENTITLED TO THE RIGHT TO LIFE.
TO AMEND THE RULES OF THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Committees

Committees
Vice-Chair: ALC-REVIEW