While bills that deal with illegal immigration are on hold for the moment, there are some other bills that effect illegal immigration. This was fowarded from Secure Arkansas.
We must act immediately - this bill could be voted on as early as Wednesday, February 4th. DO NOT BE FOOLED - Governor Beebe speaks about this cigarette tax funding a Trauma Center, but this money will go directly in to the General Fund and is not designed for a Trauma Center. The governor has also spoken about funding 20 other "Health Related" programs....and we already know that ILLEGALS have access to all health benefits. Direct excerpt from the bill:(d) The revenue derived from the additional tax imposed by this section shall be credited to the General Revenue Fund Account of the State Apportionment Fund, there to be distributed with the other gross general revenue collections for that month in accordance with the Revenue Stabilization Law, § 19-5-201 et seq.www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/HB1204.pdf
The Trauma Center is just an extension of Emergency Rooms which Illegal aliens now use for all their health care problems. First let me say that this is not a partisan call to action, it just happens that the Republicans can stop this bill if they stand together. The 300 Million dollar surplus means we have been taxed too much. We are aware that Governor Beebe is trying to buy all legislators' votes with the promise of pork money for their districts - which is unethical. In addition to Beebe's tax proposal, there is another 61-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes from the federal government. A 100 million dollar tax will affect the money of everyday Arkansans, not to mention expand government. Remember the Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government......It does not matter if you approve of smoking or not, this is another assault on your personal liberty, will you be next? ACTION NEEDED:
1) Call your own State Representative, no matter if it is a Democrat or a Republican, and ask him (or her) to oppose this bill: http://www.arkansas.gov/house/
2) Call the Republican State Reps listed below - they hold the key to stopping this bill. Republican Tobacco Tax Holdouts
District 66 – Crawford CountyRick Green - he has signed on as a sponsor on this tax bill!!!!Van Buren, AR 479-471-9911mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
District 90 – Searcy CountyRoy RaglandMarshall, AR
District 30 – Garland CountyBill SampleHot Springs, AR
District 70 – Pope CountyRobert DaleDover, AR
District 99 – Benton CountyTim SummersBentonville, AR
District 94 – Benton CountyLes CarnineRogers, AR
District 93 – Washington CountyJon WoodsSpringdale, AR
District 97 - Benton CountyJonathan BarnettSiloam Springs, AR
District 100 - Benton CountyMary Lou SlinkardGravette, AR
District 95 - Benton CountyDustin Baird Lowell, AR
Thank you for all you do.SecureArkansas@gmail.comSecureArkansas.com
______________________________________________________A story about another bill.Random drug testing of DHS clients proposed
By Rob Moritz Arkansas News Bureauhttp://arkansasnews.com/?p=23803
LITTLE ROCK — Recipients of public assistance through the state Department of Human Services would be required to undergo random drug testing under a bill filed Friday.
Rep. Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said the goal of his House Bill 1281 is not to punish anyone or take away benefits from those deserving. “We know this is controversial,” Carter said. “Are we going to throw people in jail and cut off their kids’ health care services? No. Do we give the person another chance? Maybe. This will be all part of the debate.” The measure is a shell bill, meaning details will be added later. Carter said he plans to meet with DHS officials and representatives from other groups, including the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, before proposing amendments. “We want to make sure everyone is on the same page,” he said. “I understand that there are some civil liberties we are going to address, that’s why I want everyone at the table talking. Unfortunately, filing this (bill) is what is necessary before we have a debate.”
With unemployment up and people struggling, “we want people to help people that can help themselves,” Carter said. “When teachers can’t pay their health insurance and the state is struggling to pay for Arkids First, when in Lonoke County we have a real meth problem, I think the taxpayer deserves to know what’s going on there.” The freshman lawmaker said he does not personally know anyone who uses illegal drugs and receives state benefits, but he said law enforcement officers have told him that it is not uncommon. Co-sponsors of the bill are fellow freshmen Reps. John Burris, R-Harrison, and Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy. Julie Munsell, spokeswoman for DHS, said the state currently does not require drug testing. Some clients in the Transitional Employement Assistance Program, however, may received drug testing if they are in a federally funded drug treatment program.