Civil Rights and Election Reform Caucus
The Civil Rights Caucus of the CFC works on issues related to racial equity issues, prison and sentencing reform, election reform, and protecting the rights of All Arkansans.
Chair: William El-Amin
• Create juvenile diversion programs to help at-risk youth.
• Decarcerate Arkansas, curbing the extreme growth of Arkansas’ prison population which disproportionately affects people of color, the poor, people with mental illnesses, and other minority groups.
• Upgrade Arkansas’ voter registration system to create greater accessibility.
Priority Bills We Support
Priority Bills We Oppose
HB1239: Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers; passed. Allows the expansion of warrantless searches of property to include garage and outbuilding spaces of a probationer or parolee’s residence.
HB1289: Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro; in House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. Allows healthcare professionals to refuse treatment to patients if it violates their conscience, which includes religious and ethical guidelines, without threat of employment retaliation.
HB1489: Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio. Increases the penalty for petition fraud from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony.
SB7: Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale; passed. Allows legislators to attend closed juvenile hearings.
Bills We Are Monitoring
HR1006: Rep. Brandt Smith R-Jonesboro; read and adopted. This racially-charged legislation encourages law enforcement to suspend contact and outreach with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, asserting that CAIR is a front for terrorism.
HB1016: Rep. Sarah Capp, R-Ozark; passed. Reduces the wait time to seal a petition from 90 to 30 days.
HB1152: Rep. Justin Boyd, R-Forth Smith; passed. Amends filing deadlines for elections involving independent candidates.
SB116: Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville; passed. Language charges that no incarcerated persons can take action against their living conditions until all administrative resources have been exhausted.
SB149: Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway; passed. Immediately bans abortion in Arkansas should the Supreme Court overturn of Roe vs. Wade.
SB152: Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View; passed.
SB221: Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton; referred to Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. Changes language that could allow for the expansion of mental health-related roadblocks in the consideration of death penalty sentencing.
SB313: Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock; referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. A transparency bill that requires the state parole board to release findings of fact when it denies parole or transfer or a person otherwise eligible for release on parole or transfer from the Department of Correction.