Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 17th, 2017 • News

August 17, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • The legislature enacted a series of new criminal laws during this year’s regular session, and many of them took effect August 1st. One new law prohibits passengers in a motor vehicle from having an open container of beer or liquor. According to the bill’s sponsor, Arkansas had been one of 10 states without an open container law. Now it is a Class C misdemeanor, which means you could be fined $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
  • The legislature also passed a new law making it illegal to possess a credit card skimmer. This was in response to reported cases in which thieves inserted a small device in the slot of ATM machines. When a bank customer uses their ATM card to get cash, the skimming device captures information from the customer’s account. The penalty for possessing a credit card skimmer can be 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Another new law prohibits the act of sexual extortion. It is defined as using threats to coerce someone into engaging in sexual conduct. Sexual extortion is a Class B felony, which draws a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
  • Another new law imposes fines and possible jail time if you falsely claim to have received a military honor, in order to gain some benefit.
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