The progressive women that we support passed the following bills into law—either as lead or co-sponsor—during the 2019 legislative session.
NICOLE CLOWNEY, District 86
- Provides leave for firefighters with occupationally-caused cancer. (Act 973);
- Extends eligibility for disability benefits to firefighters with occupationally-caused cancer. (Act 638).
JOYCE ELLIOT, District 31
- Prohibits corporal punishment on a child with a disability. (Act 557);
- Requires ADC inmates to receive reading assessments and dyslexia screening and to receive reading and dyslexia services. (Act 1088);
- Requires dyslexia screening and services for juveniles in the Division of Youth Services facilities. (Act 1089);
- Requires the Dept. of Education to provide continued financial support to public schools with 40% of students “in need of services,” and requires public schools to develop literacy plans for these students. (Act 1082).
VIVIAN FLOWERS, District 17
- Raises age for females entitled to marry from 16 to 17. (Act 849);
- Requires all open public meetings to be recorded in a manner that allows the capture of sound and for recordings to be retained for one year. (Act 1028);
- Creates the Arkansas Delta Music Trail Act to promote and provide tax incentives for art projects along the following highways: Louis Jordan, Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Sister Rosetta Tharp. (Act 1066).
DENISE GARNER, District 84
- Adds accounting, finance, nursing, and education to the programs for which students can receive Arkansas Futures grants. (Act 618)
MEGAN GODFREY: District 89
- Authorizes State Board of Nursing to license DACA recipients. (Act 837);
- Allows state institutions of higher learning to make certain students eligible for in-state tuition if the student or parent has a work permit, is a legal Marshallese resident, or a DACA recipient. (Act 844).
TIPPI MCCULLOUGH, District 33
- Increases sentences for murder, aggravated robbery, felony assault and battery, sexual assault in 3rd degree, and rape in presence of a child. (Act 324);
- Increases penalties for 1st degree battery committed on young children or elderly. (Act 498);
- Creates privileged communication between victims of domestic violence and domestic violence shelter personnel and victim advocates. (Act 499).
JAMIE SCOTT, District 37
- Protects children who are being trafficked from prosecution for prostitution. (Act 1020);
- Places limits on the solitary confinement of incarcerated juveniles under 18. (Act 971);
- Requires public schools to offer alternative educational services and courses to expelled students. (Act 709);
- Includes victims of human trafficking under rape shield laws. (Act 842).