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Slew of new state laws set to kick in this week

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Photographs by Benjamin Krain

Gov. Asa Hutchinson addresses a joint session of the state Legislature on Jan. 10. Hundreds of new laws passed during the 91st General Assembly take effect Tuesday.

The state highway agency gets a new name, distressed schools will get a different kind of help and drug offenders can begin signing up for public benefits Tuesday, when roughly 700 laws passed during this year's legislative session go into effect.

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Sen. Jane English (left, shown with Lance Eads), R-North Little Rock, is shown in this photo. + Enlarge

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Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, is shown in this file photo. + Enlarge

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Rep. Bruce Cozart (left), R-Hot Springs, is shown in this file photo. + Enlarge

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Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, left, talks with Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, right, on January 25, 2017. + Enlarge

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hah406 says...

That many new laws in one legislative session proves beyond a doubt that the session lasts too long! How could we possibly need that many new laws if it weren't for the professional politicians needing to justify their salaries?

Posted 30 July 2017, 7:36 a.m. Suggest removal

RBBrittain says...

@hah406: Counts like that can be misleading. For example, Act 707 (renaming AHTD to ArDOT) runs 125 pages and has 435 sections, but makes NO new permanent law other than the new name. They basically googled the Arkansas Code for AHTD's old name, got 434 hits, and restated each section (as generally required by the Arkansas Constitution) to amend AHTD to ArDOT and strike outdated language (which led to outright repeal of a few sections). The last section, Section 435, is standard temporary catch-all language to make sure the renaming doesn't affect ArDOT's actual authority.

Posted 30 July 2017, 2:44 p.m. Suggest removal

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