90TH General Assembly Committee Assignments

The members of the 90TH General Assembly convened on Friday, November 7th to begin the process of committee assignments.  More committee assignments will be coming over the next few months, my committees so far are as follows:

House Judiciary Committee: This committee reviews matters pertaining to state and local courts, court clerks, stenographers, other employees of the courts, civil and criminal procedures, probate matters, civil and criminal laws, similar matters, and resolutions germane to the subject matter of the committee. (House Rules 62.2) (A.C.A. 10-3-203)

House Insurance & Commerce Committee: This committee reviews matters pertaining to banks and banking, savings and loan associations, stocks, bonds, other securities, securities dealers, insurance, public utilities, partnerships and corporations, home mortgage financing and housing, similar legislation and resolutions germane to the subject matter of the committee. (House Rules 62.9) (A.C.A. 10-3-203)

Arkansas Legislative Council: (Alternate) The Legislative Council is the supervisory committee for the Bureau of Legislative Research, and the council coordinates the activities of the various interim committees and through the various committees provides legislative oversight of the executive branch of government. (A.C.A. 10-3-301)

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My Re-election

I want to thank the voters of House District 7.  Today the filing period closed for the 2015-2016 term with me drawing no opponent.  It has been my honor to serve you in your Arkansas House of Representatives.  If I can be of assistance to you in the future please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Campaign Contributions

I wanted to let you all know that under House Rules we are barred from accepting campaign contributions during the Fiscal Session.  Today was the last day we accepted contributions by mail and tonight we have deactivated our online contributions page from the web site.

At the conclusion of the Fiscal Session will reactivate our ‘Donate’ page.

Thank you to everyone that has donated to us.  Thank you those that are thinking of making a donation for understanding why we are unable to accept your contribution at this time.

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El Dorado, AR – State Representative John Baine (D-El Dorado) today made public his plans to seek re-election to a second term as the District 7 representative in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Baine, who represents parts of Union, Ouachita, and Calhoun Counties, was elected in 2012.

Baine’s first session in the Arkansas House of Representatives was focused on the three pillars of his campaign: education, economic development, and efficient state government. “My goal is to improve the daily lives of my constituents in south Arkansas by ensuring that good jobs are available, people have the education needed for those jobs, and the tax dollars they earn are spent wisely,” Baine says.

During his first term, Baine partnered with Erin Merryn to pass Erin’s Law, which ensures school children will be given age-appropriate training to help them avoid becoming the victims of child predators and how to report if they are abused. He also succeeded in supporting the next generation of first responders by passing an appropriation to create a new dormitory at the Arkansas Fire Academy in East Camden.

On the economic development front, Baine worked to stop higher taxes on local industry, supported the New Market Jobs Act to bring jobs to south Arkansas, and supported comprehensive tax cuts for all Arkansans. During the interim period, he also fought excessive, costly environmental compliance costs that could have punished south Arkansas.

Baine also endeavored to make state government more accountable and more efficient. He passed a new law to keep repeat offenders off the streets and behind bars, wrote the law that improved the operations of the State Tobacco Control Board, and passed a judicial ethics bill to streamline the removal of bad judges.

“Work still remains to be done in the 2015 legislative session, specifically passing the next phase of Erin’s Law,” says Baine. “My goal is to continue holding state government accountable, while moving south Arkansas forward in the areas of economics and education.”

Born and raised in El Dorado, Baine is deeply rooted in the south Arkansas community. An accountant for Murphy USA Inc, he was elected to the Union County Quorum Court six consecutive times. He and his wife of nine years, Jennifer, an assistant professor at South Arkansas Community College, are members of El Dorado’s First Presbyterian Church. Baine’s longtime experience in the private sector and extensive civic involvement have led him to protect the future of south Arkansas’ financial, environmental, and individual resources.

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Flags for Our District

Thank you to the VFW Auxiliary Post 2413 for having me participate with your civics program, it was my honor to help with securing flags for our schools.  I am looking forward to the next round of presentations.

I am happy to help schools, cities, counties, non-profits, and civic clubs in the District get USA & Arkansas flags out into the community.  Visit my contact page and let me know.

See full letter at http://www.eldoradonews.com/news/2014/01/22/vfw-ladies-auxiliary-expresses-thanks-to-53902.php

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Policy on Phone Calls & E-Mails

I wanted to let everyone know my policy on returning phone calls and e-mail’s during Session.   I would ask everyone that calls or writes me about a matter to include their phone number and where they live (just the town associated with your zip code is fine).

My goal is to always offer timely responses to everyone in the District, the goal is to get back to you in working day or less.  This policy applies to everyone in Calhoun, Ouachita, and Union counties.

If you live in one of the other 72 counties in Arkansas I will respond when I can if I can.  I often unable to respond to any requests from outside the District as the residents of House District #7 come first. If you are from outside my District I would encourage you to reach out to your individual member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

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My First Law Passed

After several weeks the first of several bills I am running in the 89th General Assembly have become law.  Act 127 of 2013 to offer Quorum Courts more options in their organizational setup has become law.  Thanks to my co-sponsors. See it at  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Acts/Act127.pdf

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House Page Program

The Arkansas House Page Program has openings for children at least 13 years of age to spend a day at the Capitol.  Each Representative has limited positions available so don’t wait or you may be too late.  If you live in District #7 please contact me now as requests are coming in daily, the positions are filling quickly.

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Remembering Dr. King

I hope that every year we stop and pause and realize how far we have come in the advances we have made improving civil rights.  Today we memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a tireless civil rights leader slain as he advocated non-violence.   Let us continue to follow his lead in promoting an America that is free of racial strife but full of racial equality.

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Rep. Baine appointed to Joint Energy

I appreciate the confidence displayed in me by Mr. Speaker Davy Carter with my appointment today to Joint Energy.  District #7 is rich in natural resources and demands members dedicated to developing policies that promote private development that creates good paying jobs in south Arkansas.

The official charge of the committee is:

“The committee shall make continuing studies of energy resources and problems, either initiated by the committee or referred to it by either house of the General Assembly. The committee shall exercise leadership in energy related areas which relate to the conservation, development and use of energy resources. The committee shall cooperate with the Governor, with the federal government and including participation in regional and national meetings and seminars of state and federal officials in the exchange of information and data on energy resources, supplies, reserves and in the conservation storage and use of energy, including the disposal of energy waste and by-products. (A.C.A. 10-3-820)”

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