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Taxes, marijuana on agenda when Arkansas legislators clock in

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was originally published January 8, 2017 at 5:45 a.m. Updated January 9, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.

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House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia is shown in this 2014 file photo.



Gov. Asa Hutchinson is shown in this photo.

House Democratic leader Michael John Gray of Augusta

Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, is shown in this file photo.

Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee chairman Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, is shown in this 2013 file photo.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang (left), R-Searcy, is shown in this file photo with Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, center, is shown in this file photo.

Arkansas' 91st General Assembly will grapple with how deeply to cut taxes, how much to change a constitutional amendment that allows the medical use of marijuana and whether to enact further restrictions on abortion. The Legislature's regular session starts Monday.



Gov. Asa Hutchinson is shown in this photo.

House Democratic leader Michael John Gray of Augusta

Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, is shown in this file photo.

Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee chairman Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, is shown in this 2013 file photo.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang (left), R-Searcy, is shown in this file photo with Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, center, is shown in this file photo.

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WGT says... January 8, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

Sigh. How does it look to the rest of the world that a religious zealot wants to change a name of an airport, and another who deigns to to tell a medical doctor how to care for a woman, over finding ways to lower insurance costs to save people's lives? That's the muster of our political circus ring.

Insouciant. Indignant. Insane. This should be the motto of this generation of reprehensible Republican grunts. This is not progress. This is stupid white people. Really stupid. Another sigh.

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TimberTopper says... January 8, 2017 at 8:44 a.m.

LOL! Rapert is a fool, leading additional fools. Next he may be like the former senator from up his way that stated a woman's place was "barefoot and pregnant".

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TuckerMax says... January 8, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.

Rapert in the national news is more of a negative effect on Arkansas than the name of the airport. While he's at it, why doesn't he suggest a name change to the Clinton Presidential Library or Clinton Avenue? Back in 2014 when the Texas League All-Star game was here, a coach from another team said he refused to fly into an airport with Clinton's name on it. The fans' response: "Who are you? Well, don't come: We don't care because we don't know you." Regretfully, we know Rapert from the asinine things that spill from his mouth. Don't like it? Don't fly through it. When the state pays for the airport, it can have a voice, not that it will be heard.

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Happy1234 says... January 8, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.

I think we need to respect the differences between ourselves," said Gov. Asa Hutchinson
So the voters passed a marijuana law the politicians differ with it so they change it without the voter's consent.
The gov.me thinks speaks out of the side of his mouth.
Obviously the voter is not part of the ourselves the gov is referring to.

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hurricane46 says... January 8, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.

They won't get anything done except bills dealing with guns and abortion, they are totally useless.

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KnuckleBall says... January 8, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.

The citizens of Little Rock are going to have to put up with these idiots for the next 3 months... I would not wish that on my worst enemy ...... All the voters that voted for these fools that are already going to make plans to change, what was decided by the voters of the state... Shame on you for putting them back in office. They don't care about you, they only care about lining their pockets or some of their crooked friends that helped put them in office. Watch who gets the license to grow the new medical weed...!!!!

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RBear says... January 8, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

What? No bathroom bill by Rapert or Ballinger? mean TX Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks it's so important he's already move forward with it thanks to Sen. Kolkhorst in this session of their lege. I guess the AR bible-thumping duo can only handle a few outlandishly unnecessary bills a session. Actually, really proud of Gov. Hutchinson for noting such a bill is not necessary and will not entertain it this session. Personally, I hope the broadband bill moves forward and the infrastructure of the state is upgraded. Finding too many people in counties surrounding Pulaski with no better than 6 Mbps.

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