Committee Members Uncommitted Include:
Rep. Gregg Reep, Chair (D-Warren) - 870-820-2403
Rep. Gene Shelby, Vice-chair (D-Hot Springs) - 501-623-2606
Rep. Curren Everett (D-Salem) - 870-895-2164
Rep. Willie Hardy (D-Camden) - 870-833-1359
Rep. Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) - 870-535-1032
Rep. Mike Burris (D-Malvern) - 501-337-4391
Rep. Fred Allen (D – Little Rock) - 501-225-4979
Rep. Billy Gaskill (D-Paragould) - 870-239-4383
Rep. Clark Hall (D-Marvell) - 870-829-3382
Rep. Tracy Pennartz (D-Fort Smith) - 479-285-4800
My thanks to the committee members who have indicted their support for the bill which includes Representatives Roy Ragland, George Overbey, Eddie Cooper, Pam Adcock, Nathan George, John Paul Wells, Eddie Hawkins, Johnny Hoyt, Lance Reynolds, Jon Woods.
There is one interesting twist on this story; the bill was originally on the agenda for Thursday morning but according to ARTL director Rose Mimms, they decided not to run it because, “too many of the members who support it were not in committee for one reason or another.” Without these members present, they did not have the votes to pass the bill. The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep. Dawn Creekmore (picture above) who was rumored to break with her Democrat colleagues and a vote against the tax increase on tobacco, HB1204. However, when the tobacco bill came up for a vote on Thursday afternoon, Creekmore cast one of the deciding swing votes to reach the 75 votes needed for passage. Although I wish Creekmore had voted against the tax increase, I hope that she will be rewarded for her vote by a smooth passage of the partial birth abortion ban. Her Democrat colleagues should realize she came through for them on a difficult vote for her, now it is their turn.