2012 Arkansas Code
Title 19 - Public Finance
Chapter 1 - General Provisions
Subchapter 3 - -- Fiscal Impact Statements
§ 19-1-303 - Bills imposing new or additional costs on municipality or county -- Fiscal impact statements.


AR Code § 19-1-303 (2012) What's This?

(a) (1) Any bill filed with the Senate that requires an expenditure of public funds by a municipality or county, or otherwise imposes a new or increased cost obligation on any municipality or county, shall have a fiscal impact statement attached to it, prepared by the author of the bill and filed with the bill at the time of its introduction. A copy of such fiscal impact statement shall be placed on the desk of each member of the Senate committee to which the bill is referred before the bill may be called up for final action in the committee. A copy of it shall also be placed on the desk of each member of the Senate before a final vote may be taken on it for final passage.

(2) If the author of any Senate or House bill affected by this section shall fail to file a fiscal impact statement, any member of the Senate committee to which the bill is referred may object to its being called up for final action in the committee until a fiscal impact statement is made available to the committee. If such objection is made by a member of the Senate committee, the chair of the committee shall refer the bill to the appropriate state agency or to the legislative staff for the preparation of a fiscal impact statement, to be returned to the committee in writing not later than five (5) days from the date of the request.

(3) If any such Senate or House bill is called up for final passage in the Senate and a fiscal impact statement has not been provided by the author of the bill or by the committee to which the bill was referred, any member of the Senate may object to its being called up for final passage until a fiscal impact statement is prepared and made available on the desk of each member of the Senate at least one (1) day prior to its being called up for final passage. If such an objection is made, the presiding officer of the Senate shall cause the bill to be referred to the appropriate state agency or to the designated legislative staff for the preparation of a fiscal impact statement, which shall be filed in writing with the Senate not later than five (5) days from the date of the request.

(b) (1) When any House or Senate bill requiring an expenditure of public funds or otherwise imposing a new or increased cost obligation on any municipality or county is pending before any committee of the House of Representatives, any member of the committee may request that a fiscal impact statement for the bill be placed on the desk of each member of the committee before the bill is called up for final action in the committee. If the request is made, the chair of the committee shall refer the bill to the appropriate state agency or to the legislative staff for the preparation of a fiscal impact statement, to be returned to the committee in writing not later than five (5) days from the date of the request.

(2) Any time before such bill is read the third time in the House of Representatives, a member of the House may request that a fiscal impact statement for the bill be prepared and placed on the desk of each member. When a member of the House of Representatives so requests a fiscal impact statement on any bill, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall furnish the member a fiscal impact statement signature form which shows the number of the bill for which the statement is requested and the date and time the request was made. If the member returns the form containing the signature of the requesting member and the signatures of at least nine (9) other House members within thirty (30) minutes of the time shown on the form, the fiscal impact statement shall be prepared and placed on the desk of each member of the House before the bill is read the third time.

(3) If a bill is called up for final passage in the House of Representatives and a fiscal impact statement has not been provided for the bill, any member of the House may move that a final vote on the passage of the bill be delayed until a fiscal impact statement is prepared and made available on the desk of each member of the House at least one (1) full day prior to its being called up for final passage. If that motion is made and is adopted by a majority vote of the membership of the House, the Speaker shall cause the bill to be referred to the appropriate state agency or to the designated legislative staff for the preparation of a fiscal impact statement, which shall be filed with the House within five (5) days of the date of the request.

(c) Failure of the sponsor of a bill to provide the fiscal impact statement required in this section shall not prohibit the consideration of it in the committee to which referred or on the floor of the house in which the bill is called up for final passage if no objection to it is made at the time such action is taken.

(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a committee to which a bill is referred or the house in which the bill is being considered from suspending the requirement of the filing of a fiscal impact statement on any such bill in the same manner as provided for the suspension of the rules in the house in which the bill is being considered.

(e) Copies of fiscal impact statements prepared in compliance with this section shall be made available, upon request for them, to representatives of municipal or county governments. A fiscal impact statement filed or prepared in compliance with this section is declared to be a public record within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act of 1967, ยง 25-19-101 et seq.

(f) For the purposes of this section, the term "fiscal impact statement" means a realistic statement of the estimated financial cost to municipalities or counties of implementing or complying with a proposed law and regulations promulgated under it.

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