I hope one of the Republican readers can explain Issue 1 that has been referred by our Republican state legislators for our vote in November.
It seems to say that the Legislature wants to cap work comp injuries/death payments because every case is the same and they want to help businesses avoid the pesky trouble. Also, there is much legal garble in the proposal about the state Legislature wanting the power to "amend or repeal rules prescribed by the Supreme Court" and then they may adopt other rules (of their liking) to direct the court's actions. Are the federal laws of separation of powers (which our national Congress is afraid to enforce) being suspended entirely? Is this the latest Republican think tank proposal to go nationwide to grab even more power for "their business-friendly" people? Also, are Arkansas legislators tired of getting caught with their hand in the till and want "court" protection?
Speaking of business-friendly, the lady protesting against Westerman's vote to support suspending enforcement of badly needed, valid 23-year-old laws within ADA, had every right to peacefully protest. He seems to have endorsed the Trump theme, attack those you do not like. Mr. Representative, you signed up to represent us all, not just Republican business contributors!
Garland CountyEditorial on 08/12/2018