Feb 5, 2015
Faulkner County Votes:
Clear Choices on Private Option
UPDATED: Introduced just a short 14 days ago, the Governor’s SB96 legislation to end the Private Option by 2016 is over and done with, having passed the House today 80 to 16 — but allowing the public very little interaction with lawmakers about details. Four of our five Republican Representatives voted for SB96 today,...
UPDATED: Introduced just a short 14 days ago, the Governor’s SB96 legislation to end the Private Option by 2016 is over and done with, having passed the House today 80 to 16 — but allowing the public very little interaction with lawmakers about details.
Four of our five Republican Representatives voted for SB96 today, joining Democrat Representative Steve Magie. GOP Representative Josh Miller voted with 15 others against the bill.
Votes cast over the last two weeks by our Faulkner County lawmakers clearly indicated their intentions.
Key Senate actions were:
♦ the failure of GOP Senator Linda Collins-Smith’s SB144 bill to stop the Private Option by the end of 2015 (failed 3-3 to pass last Wednesday out of Senate Public Health Committee);
♦ the passage of SB96 in the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee last Thursday on a 6-1 vote; and
♦ SB96 passage with 27-7 vote on the Senate floor the same day.
Republican Senator Missy Irvin — who is the only Senator from Faulkner County on the Senate Public Health Committee — was not one of the Senators who voted for Collins-Smith’s SB144 last Wednesday (failed to pass 3-3).
Senator Irvin did not vote when SB96 passed 6-1 out of the Senate Public Health Committee last week — GOP Senator Gary Stubblefield was the “no” vote. Faulkner County Republican Senators Irvin, Eddie Joe Williams, and Jason Rapert voted last Thursday with the majority 27-7 to pass SB96 on the Senate floor.
In the House, key actions include:
♦ the failure of GOP Representative Donnie Copeland’s HB1181 bill to stop Private Option coverage by the end of 2015 (failed to pass last Thursday out of the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee); and
♦ yesterday’s “do pass” voice vote on SB96 in the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.
Republican Representatives David Meeks and Josh Miller serve on the House Public Health Committee along with Democrat Steve Magie. On HB1811 last Thursday, Representative Miller voted with 7 other Republicans to pass. However, Representative Magie voted with the other Democrat Representatives and 4 Republicans to stop the bill in Committee on an 8-10 vote. Representative Meeks did not vote and neither did Democrat Representative Chris Richey.
This week’s voice vote when the House Public Health Committee passed SB96 made it difficult to know which way Representatives Miller and Meeks voted. Faulkner County Republican Representative Joe Farrer co-sponsored SB96 in the House along with Republican Representative Kelley Linck.