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Committees advance bills on robocalls, animal cruelty

Courtesy: Danny Watson, state representative

The House Insurance and Commerce Committee advanced SB514. This bill makes illegal robocalls originating from scammers using automatic telephone dialing systems a Class D felony and requires that a telecommunications service provider is held accountable for certain activities.
The House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee advanced HB1778. This bill allows a judge to increases fines and penalties for animal cruelty cases.
The House Rules Committee advanced HB1563. This bill amends the recent casino measure by allowing the racing commission to award a casino license to an applicant in either Pope, Johnson, or Conway County. Currently, the commission can only award a license in Pope and Jefferson County. This bill does not impact the Jefferson County license.
The committee also advanced SB440. This bill prohibits a medical marijuana cultivation facility, dispensary, or processor from manufacturing products likely to appeal to minors by its shape or design.
The full House passed SB2. This bill states a physician shall not perform an abortion with the knowledge that a pregnant woman is seeking an abortion related to diagnosis of Down Syndrome in an unborn child.
The House also passed SB8. This bill prohibits registered sex offenders from recording a person under the age of 14 in certain circumstances.

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