House OKs bill to cap benefits of permanently disabled workers
LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 68-19 Monday to approve a bill to cap workers’ compensation benefits for workers who are permanently disabled by an on-the-job injury.
House Bill 1586 by Rep. John Payton, R-Wilburn, would cap the benefits at 450 weeks, or about eight years and eight months.
The bill goes to the Senate.
‘Born alive’ bill goes to governor
LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 84-1 Monday to approve and send to the governor a bill to require a doctor to try to save the life of a baby that is born alive during an abortion.
Senate Bill 148 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, which passed previously in the Senate, would require that if an abortion results in a live birth, the doctor performing the procedure must notify the mother, provide immediate medical care to the child and call 911 if the birth does not occur in a hospital.
Violating the measure would be a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Senate approves bill to make some state police records secret
LITTLE ROCK — The Senate voted 23-4 Monday to approve a bill that would exempt certain records of the Arkansas State Police from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Senate Bill 131 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, would exempt “records or other information that upon disclosure could reasonably be expected to be detrimental to the public safety.”
The bill goes to the House.
House OKs bill to make Governor’s Mansion records secret
LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 77-7 Monday to approve a bill to make Arkansas State Police records concerning the Governor’s Mansion and the mansion grounds exempt from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
House Bill 1590 by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, goes to the Senate.