Lawmakers file 600+ bills before deadline

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Legislators made their final pitch of ideas to the General Assembly on Monday. Lawmakers filed more than 600 bills surrounding headliner discussions like Medicaid, education and taxes. The rush was brought on by the deadline for proposing legislation.

    Representative Terry Rice plans to fight crime with his newest bill. He proposed a ban of selling copper for cash. The concept came just days from an enormous copper heist in Jefferson County, where thieves stole an estimated $5.5 million in copper from rail cars.

    "Authorities cannot be everywhere. That's the problem. This is happening in rural areas; it's happening in metro areas; it's happening everywhere. You can't just simply be everywhere. We're going to have to find some place at the source to get some more help," said Rice.

    Metal buyers will have to use numbered checks or credit cards so authorities can see who's doing business.

    Freshman Representative Warwick Sabin introduced a tax bracket bill that will update the state tax code of the late 90's, by expanding the lower income bracket.

    "It targets tax relief where it's needed. It's not trying to give a tax cut to the more wealthy individuals in this state. It's trying to give it to people with the low and middle income levels. Those people are going to use the tax cut to spend it at Wal-Mart, or at the grocery store," said Sabin.

    The bill requires those who make $75,000 or more to pay an extra .5 percent.

    Even tasers, came into the picture Monday. Representative Fredrick Love brought up the discussion of how and why law enforcement uses the weapon.

    "What sort of discipline actions law enforcement would take and different things like this is for us to have a good conversation about the use or overuse of tasers and how we can remedy this situation," said Love.

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