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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: 18
Seniority:
18
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, Majority Leader 2019
Public Service:
Senate 2013, 2015, 2017 Majority Whip, Majority Leader 2019


Bills

Bill
Title
Bill Status
Primary Sponsor
TO MODIFY THE SMALL BUSINESS ENTITY TAX PASS THROUGH ACT; AND TO PROVIDE FOR A TEMPORARY LIEN AT THE TIME A CHARGING APPLICATION IS FILED.
CONCERNING COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL REGULATION OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DESIGN ELEMENTS.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE; TO AMEND THE TIMES FOR CERTAIN CONTRIBUTION AND EXPENDITURE REPORTS; AND TO AMEND PORTIONS OF INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1990 AND INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1996.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING MEMBER BENEFITS AND THE BENEFIT MULTIPLIER UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
CONCERNING MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF "FINAL AVERAGE COMPENSATION" UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW ON BENEFIT REDETERMINATIONS UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING APPROVED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES; AND TO PREVENT A PERSON HOLDING A CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICE FROM FORMING MORE THAN ONE (1) APPROVED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE.
TO AMEND PROVISIONS CONCERNING POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTIONS; AND TO PROHIBIT DIRECT CONTRIBUTIONS BETWEEN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES.
TO BE KNOWN AS "THE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM ACT OF 2019"; AND CONCERNING ASSET FORFEITURE IN CRIMINAL CASES.
TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY REGISTRATION ACT.
TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION OF APPRAISERS; AND TO CREATE A REGISTRATION CLASS FOR A REGISTERED APPRENTICE APPRAISER.
TO ENSURE THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF CERTAIN PROCEDURES INVOLVED IN THE EXECUTION OF A PERSON FOR A CAPITAL OFFENSE.
TO MODERNIZE PLUMBING PLAN REVIEW SUBMISSIONS AND RESPONSES; AND TO CLARIFY THAT LOCAL JURISDICTION REVIEW OF CERTAIN PLUMBING PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS DOES NOT REQUIRE REVIEW BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL CIRCUIT JUDGESHIPS FOR CERTAIN JUDICIAL DISTRICTS.
TO REFORM THE TAX LAWS CONCERNING THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF SALES AND USE TAX, THE APPORTIONMENT AND ALLOCATION OF INCOME FOR TAX PURPOSES, CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATES, AND NET OPERATING LOSSES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION FOR DENTAL APPLIANCES.
TO PROHIBIT CITIES AND COUNTIES FROM DENYING OR HINDERING PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS THE RIGHT TO REMOVE OR TRIM TREES, BUSHES, OR SHRUBS.
TO PROHIBIT A PERSON CONVICTED OF A PUBLIC TRUST CRIME FROM FILING AS A CANDIDATE FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICE OR FROM RUNNING AS A CANDIDATE FOR A PUBLIC OFFICE.
CONCERNING CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES, PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS, AND THE JUDICIARY; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO ABOLISH THE ARKANSAS BROADBAND COUNCIL, THE ARKANSAS YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE, THE GRADE "A" MILK PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK ADVISORY COMMISSION.
COMMENDING GUATEMALA FOR RELOCATING THE GUATEMALAN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO JERUSALEM.
A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PERMITTING LIMITS ON AWARDS OF PUNITIVE AND NONECONOMIC DAMAGES.
TO DESIGNATE THE MONTH OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH.
TO SUSPEND SECTIONS 14.(B)(2) AND 14.(B)(3) OF THE RULES OF THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
TO SUSPEND SECTIONS 14.(B)(2) AND 14.(B)(3) OF THE JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Primary Sponsor for House
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO REQUIRE NEWBORN SCREENING FOR SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY; AND TO MANDATE THAT INSURANCE POLICIES COVER NEWBORN SCREENING FOR SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
AN ACT TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES AND TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; AND TO DECLARE AND EMERGENCY.
AN ACT TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, HERITAGE, AND TOURISM; TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES; TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF THE MILITARY; TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
AN ACT TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING LICENSING, REGISTRATION, AND CERTIFICATION FOR CERTAIN PROFESSIONS; AND TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM OF ENDORSEMENT, RECOGNITION, AND RECIPROCITY FOR LICENSING.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSFORMATION AND SHARED SERVICES; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY; AND TO AUTHORIZE PHARMACISTS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO AND ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND LICENSING; TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
PERMITTING A BANK OR BANKING INSTITUTION TO UTILIZE THE SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION OF A DISTRICT COURT.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING EARLY ANNUITIES UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING STRAIGHT LIFE ANNUITY UNDER THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE DURATION OF A MEMBER'S PARTICIPATION IN THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN.
CONCERNING THE FINAL AVERAGE COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION; AND TO TRANSFER VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO ESTABLISH THE CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING MASSAGE THERAPY; AND TO REMOVE THE TUBERCULOSIS TESTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSURE.
TO AMEND THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE TO PREVENT FRAUDULENT FILINGS; AND TO ALLOW THE FILING OFFICE TO REFUSE TO FILE FRAUDULENT RECORDS.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE RULES INVOLVING SCOLIOSIS SCREENING IN SCHOOLS.
CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF A NO CONTACT ORDER.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ANNUAL CAREER SERVICE RECOGNITION PAYMENTS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.
TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION AND EFFICIENCIES ACT OF 2019; TO ESTABLISH CABINET-LEVEL DEPARTMENTS; TO TRANSFER STATE ENTITIES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE INCOME TAX LAWS RELATING TO CERTAIN TRUSTS; TO PRESERVE CERTAIN TRUST ASSETS; AND TO EXEMPT CERTAIN TRUSTS FROM INCOME TAX.
TO ESTABLISH THE EMPOWER INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS ACT OF 2019; TO AMEND PORTIONS OF THE LAW IMPACTING INITIATED ACT 4 OF 1948; AND TO AMEND DEFINITIONS OF "EMPLOYEE", "EMPLOYMENT", AND "EMPLOYMENT STATUS" WITHIN TITLE 11.
CONCERNING THE INVESTIGATION INTO A MISSING OR UNIDENTIFIED PERSON; AND CONCERNING THE NATIONAL MISSING AND UNIDENTIFIED PERSONS SYSTEM.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENTS AND DETERMINATIONS; AND TO REQUIRE EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL NOTICE OF A TAX ASSESSMENT OR DETERMINATION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT LAW; AND TO PROVIDE CLARITY, EQUITY, AND CONSISTENCY IN THE PROCUREMENT LAWS.
TO TRANSFER THE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE CRIME VICTIMS REPARATIONS BOARD; AND TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION TO SUPPORT THE CRIME VICTIMS REPARATIONS BOARD.
TO COMMEND THE BENTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLE.
CoSponsor
TO ABOLISH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE ARKANSAS HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE; TO TRANSFER THE ARKANSAS HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE TO THE STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND CERTAIN DEFINITIONS UNDER THE ARKANSAS RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2001; AND TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT; AND TO ABOLISH ABORTION IN ARKANSAS AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN.
TO REDUCE THE FEES FOR A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN
TO REDUCE THE FEES FOR A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN; AND TO REDUCE THE FEE TO RENEW A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN.
TO CREATE THE DOWN SYNDROME DISCRIMINATION BY ABORTION PROHIBITION ACT.
TO PROVIDE FOR INELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN RETIREMENT BENEFITS UPON CONVICTION OF A FELONY ARISING OUT OF AN ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL'S OFFICIAL ACTIONS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO PROHIBIT ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS FROM REGISTERING AS LOBBYISTS.
TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR TAKING CAMPAIGN FUNDS AS PERSONAL INCOME; AND TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF ARKANSAS LAW RESULTING FROM INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1990 AND INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1996.
TO AMEND THE TAXABLE WAGE BASE UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES LAW.
TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS BY CERTAIN PHYSICIANS AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES FOR ABORTION COMPLICATIONS.
TO PROHIBIT UNLAWFUL FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION OF A MINOR; TO CREATE AWARENESS PROGRAMS CONCERNING AND STATISTICAL TRACKING OF UNLAWFUL FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING THE CONTRACTORS LICENSING BOARD; AND TO AMEND THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS OF CONTRACTORS.
TO REQUIRE A STUDY AND ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS AND PROCESSES OF THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
CONCERNING LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF STATE HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION.
CONCERNING APPLICATIONS BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE V.
AN ACT FOR THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION.
TO BAN USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FOOD AND DRINK EXCEPT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON WITH THE USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE OR DEADLY FORCE.
TO AMEND THE MEANS BY WHICH FUNDING IS DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE PRODUCTIVITY-BASED FUNDING MODEL.
TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDS FROM THE EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE TRUST FUND TO CERTAIN FOUR-YEAR STATE-SUPPORTED INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION BASED ON AN INSTITUTION'S IN-STATE FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT ENROLLMENT.
TO CLARIFY THE UNIFORM CONTRIBUTION AMONG TORTFEASORS ACT; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO ESTABLISH PREJUDGMENT AND POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST RATES.
TO ESTABLISH RECOVERY OF DAMAGES FOR NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE, TREATMENT, OR SERVICES RENDERED.
TO CLARIFY THE UNIFORM CONTRIBUTION AMONG TORTFEASORS ACT.
TO ESTABLISH PREJUDGMENT AND POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST RATES.
TO ESTABLISH RECOVERY OF DAMAGES FOR NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE, TREATMENT, OR SERVICES RENDERED.
TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL ACCOUNTING LAW CONCERNING CERTAIN DEBIT CARD AND CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.
TO DESIGNATE THE SMALLMOUTH BASS AS THE OFFICIAL GAME FISH OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.
TO REMEMBER MATT DECAMPLE AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.
APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
COMMENDING THE ARKANSAS CHAPTER OF THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION AND PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY 26, 2019, AS ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS DAY.
TO ENCOURAGE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SUSPEND CONTACT AND OUTREACH WITH THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS.
TO REMEMBER MATT DECAMPLE AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.
CoSponsor for House
TO CREATE THE TEACHER SALARY ENHANCEMENT ACT; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF "PRACTICE OF OPTOMETRY"; AND TO MODERNIZE THE PRACTICE OF OPTOMETRY.
TO CREATE THE CHERISH ACT; AND TO PROHIBIT ABORTIONS AFTER EIGHTEEN (18) WEEKS' GESTATION EXCEPT IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ELECTION PAGES; AND TO ALLOW CERTAIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF ELECTION OFFICIALS.
CONCERNING INVESTIGATIONS INTO SEXUAL ASSAULT; CONCERNING SEXUAL ASSAULT COLLECTION KITS; AND CONCERNING THE SUBMISSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT COLLECTION KITS.
TO ALLOW EXCESS FOOD DISTRIBUTION BY A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR OPEN-ENROLLMENT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL TO A STUDENT WHO IS ENROLLED IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL OR OPEN-ENROLLMENT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL.
TO RECOGNIZE THAT ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN IS A SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM; TO COMMEND THE IMPORTANT WORK BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE PROBLEM; AND TO PROCLAIM APRIL 11, 2019, AS “CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER DAY”.

Committees

Committees
Vice-Chair: ALC-REVIEW