Local Corporatism, Congressional Retirements, Eminent Domain, and Human Trafficking; Just A Small Part of Arkansas Politics

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TO REPEAL THE AUTHORITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PAY TAXPAYER FUNDS UNDER SERVICE CONTRACTS FOR ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES.
Bill NumberHB1145 PDF
Act Number
StatusHouse — Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- HOUSE

Due to the sheer number of Bills and the limited amount of time, I will only address those that jump at me, such as this bill from the Arkansas House of Representatives. It’s simply a repeal of local government’s engaging in corporatism.

TO ALLOW CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO OPT OUT OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
Bill NumberHB1177 PDF
Act Number
StatusHouse — Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on PUBLIC RETIREMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS-JOINT

I would like this better if it removed all of the legislators from the Retirement System. It’s a temporary part-time job, no retirement benefits for you.

TO LIMIT THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PROPERTY OWNERS’ IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.
Bill NumberHB1192 PDF
Act Number
StatusHouse — Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on JUDICIARY COMMITTEE- HOUSE

The best I can understand this bill is that it strips utilities of the power of eminent domain, however the district the utilities are in can condemn and use eminent domain on areas already in use by the utility.

ESTABLISHING THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2013; CONCERNING THE OFFENSE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Bill NumberHB1203 PDF
Act Number
StatusHouse — Returned by the Committee with the recommendation that it do pass as amended 1

Apparently this is an issue in Arkansas. Who knew? It is something to be dealt with. To keep from overwhelming everyone I’ll cut it off at that and pick up the rest tomorrow.

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      1. It’s a bad thing, IMO. It isn’t just a USA deal; it’s happening more and more around the world. Land is the most valuable of commodities right now if you think about it and individual property rights are being demolished all over the place – from UN forces helping to bulldoze homes in Brazil to the murder of numerous farmers in Africa…it’s all about two things: Power and Control. Serfs are much easier to boss around than free men are.

          1. It reduces it to some degree but no, it doesn’t take away the power – “A district shall have the power of eminent domain for the purposes of: Condemning any water or sewer utility that is found within the boundaries of the district which is and is exempt from the definition of “public utility”. In other words, they won’t seize the property of the local or regional company that supplies the utility but they can still use ED against any other utility service…think personal wells, etc.
            I could be dead wrong but don’t think so; it makes sense that gov’t approved corporations be protected but smaller companies and individuals get hung out to dry.
            A 2nd facet of this is that it would prevent counties from seizing utility services of corporations in an effort to return them to more local control. Like every other piece of legislation, I guess it is written vaguely enough to be interpreted in more than one way. How convenient, eh?

  1. Exactly how much time did it acquire you to write Custom Shades “Local Corporatism, Congressional Retirements, Eminent
    Domain, and Human Trafficking; Just A Small Part of Arkansas Politics | Ronin’s Journey”? It comes with quite a lot of really good information and facts. Thanks a lot -Elizabeth

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