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Legislators Discuss Session, Upcoming Issues

Posted: July 13, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Local state legislators broke down the recent legislative session and talked about some new proposals at a forum sponsored by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

At A Glance

Quotables

Legislators made the following statements at Friday’s legislative forum in Rogers:

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs

“It needs to be a sacrifice to serve. It’s important that we’re out there in the real world working real jobs.”

“I feel like everyone in the state of Arkansas is represented in the statehouse. I wish everyone believed like me, but I think it’s good that they don’t.”

“It’s shocking inside those marble walls how much gray area there is.”

Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers

“We’re really excited about the possibilities of CNG (compressed natural gas) and for schools and cities to convert buses to CNG. We’re in the process of working out how that will look and what that will be.”

“The salary of our governor and many of our constitutional officers is too low. The state representatives and senators? I don’t know about that.”

Rep. Duncan Baird, R-Lowell

In discussing term limits:

“You almost lose your first session because you’re learning about everything. It’s not a perfect system, but I think it works overall.”

“You bring people in with experience from somewhere else — business or city and county government. Every two years, there are a lot of new people in the Legislature. There are some good things that come out of that.”

Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville

“The private option is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Who know where that’s going to be in the future. We just tried to make lemonade out of lemons.”

“It’s been said the most dangerous time in Arkansas is when the Legislature is in session. A lot of the bills we considered were nonsense.”

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