Medical marijuana tax bill sent to governor

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 83-0 Monday to give final legislative passage and send to the governor’s desk a bill to impose a 4 percent tax on all sales of medical marijuana.

House Bill 1580 by Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock, passed previously in both chambers. The House on Monday concurred in a Senate amendment to the bill.


Bill on Internet crimes fine approved

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 85-0 Monday to approve and send to the governor’s desk a bill to require a person convicted of a felony offense that involves violence or requires the offender to register as a sex offender to pay a fee of up to $500 if the offense involved a computer or the Internet.

Senate Bill 586 by Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, passed previously in the Senate.


Marijuana residency bill fails again

LITTLE ROCK — For the second time, the Senate on Monday rejected House Bill 1371 by Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock, which would require that a person applying for a license to operate a cultivation facility or dispensary be an Arkansas resident who has lived in the state for the past seven years.

People owning at least a total of 60 percent interest also would have to have been state residents for seven years under the bill, and a license for a dispensary or cultivation facility could only be issued to a person, not a corporation.

The bill failed in the Senate last week. On Monday it failed in a 17-9 vote, falling short of the 24 votes needed for passage.


Gambling study measure rejected

LITTLE ROCK — The House on Monday rejected a bill calling for a study on prevention, treatment, counseling and education related to compulsive gambling.

Senate Bill 488 by Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, provided no funding for a study but would have directed the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to partner on a study if funding became available.

The bill passed previously in the Senate, but in the House it received 22 votes in support and 55 against.