Category: Culture

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1010

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO REQUIRE PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROVIDE FOR CIVIL LIABILITY FOR PARENTS IF THEIR CHILDREN DEFACE PROPERTY WITH GRAFFITI

Sponsors: Justin Harris (R-87), 479-871-8542, [email protected]; Jon Woods (R-93), 479-200-3100, [email protected]

Purpose: To amend Ark. Code Ann. 9-25-102 and hold parents civilly liable up to $5000 if the parents’ minor child who resides with the parents “maliciously or willfully … damage[s or] deface[s]” just about any property. …

A Reply To Josh Mesker of The Family Council

It seems that Josh Mesker of the Family Council has authored a “rebuttal” to my reply to David Cox’s original article.  It’s a fantastic opus of misunderstood law, logical fallacies, misunderstandings of social science and the applicability of studies, and agenda-driven sleight of hand.  However, because Josh — Sterling College class of 2007, degree in Communications — wants to pretend like he has a nuanced and thorough understanding of the law, let’s start, like every good first-year law school class does, with a hypothetical:

Say we have a couple. …

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1009

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF SEX OFFENDERS REGISTERED IN ANOTHER STATE.

Sponsors: Justin Harris (R-87), 479-871-8542, [email protected]; Jon Woods (R-93), 479-200-3100, [email protected]

Purpose: If a registered sex offender from another state moves to Arkansas, and if that offender would be classified as a level-3 offender or higher under Arkansas law, this bill would allow a “local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction” to notify the public by posting within a three-mile radius of the offender’s Arkansas address a one-page flyer that includes the offender’s picture, his or her residential address, the state where s/he is registered, and “any other pertinent information that would contribute to the safety of the public.”  These postings are limited to a specific set of public locations, including schools and churches.…

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1005

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO CHANGE THE STATE NICKNAME BACK TO “THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY”

Sponsor: David Sanders (R-31), no phone listed, [email protected]

Purpose: To change Arkansas’s nickname from “The Natural State,” to “The Land of Opportunity.” [No, seriously, the first bill Sanders ever introduced was this one.…

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The December meeting of Drinking Liberally’s Little Rock chapter is nigh upon us.  Tomorrow night, at 6pm at Khalil’s in west Little Rock (Shackleford Rd., sort of across from P.F. Chang’s), drinks will be drank, discussions will be discussed, and (if last month was any indication) hot-button issues will be argued while some people — not that I can throw stones at all — will sit off to the side and make sarcastic comments.…