New Arkansas Laws Take Effect


Several new Arkansas laws go in to effect today.

Act 706

The Arkansas texting and driving law, also known as Paul’s Law, now allows a fine of up to $250 for the first offense. The law prohibits writing, ending or reading a text-based communication and accessing, reading, or posting to a social media site.

It is not against the law to read, select, or enter a telephone number or name for the purpose of making a telephone call.

Act 1097
Allows the State Highway Commission to increase the speed limit of a controlled-access highways to 75 m.p.h.

Act 313

Allows direct shipment of wine from small farm wineries to residents without an in-person winery visit.

Act 538

Requires lifetime registration on the Arkansas sex offender registry for a person convicted of rape when the rape involved the use of force.

Act 849 cc

Makes it illegal for a person to possess an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

Act 1071

Allows people with a “concealed license to carry” to leave their handgun in their car at work.

Act 1075

Allows daily fantasy sports games and sets 8 percents tax for paid fantasy sport games.

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