Whew. After a light day Monday, the buffet boards are groaning today with free eats and drinks for legislators despite Amendment 94’s ban on freebies.
Just call it a scheduled activity — like a standing cocktail party at the Choo Choo Room or the standing nursing home lobby spread — and it’s all good. The Ethics Commission, presuming we have one, doesn’t mind.
Today’s events, all open to the public as “scheduled activities” of the legislature or one of its select committees that special interests like to particularly favor:
LUNCH: 11:30-1, Association of Arkansas Counties building, Association of Arkansas Counties. (This is a publicly funded lobby).
LUNCH: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Capitol Square Apts. #13, Arkansas Health Care Association. (nursing home lobby, funded heavily by Medicaid-financed patients.)
COCKTAILS: 5:30-7:30, Next Level Events, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. (Ratepayers contribute to their cash flow.)
COCKTAILS: 6-6:30 p.m., Arkansas State University offices, Top floor Woodlane Building, Associated General Contractors of Arkansas and Arkansas Subcontractors Association.
COCKTAILS: 5-7, Capitol Square Apts. #4, “Choo Choo Room.” This is the standing drinkfest sponsored by the Mitchell law firm lobbyists for:
Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association
Arkansas Hospital Association
Arkansas Medical Society
Arkansas Pharmacists Association
Arkansas Podiatric Medical Association
Arkansas State Dental Association
Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas
Arkansas Community Colleges
DINNER AND A 40: 6:30, Sims Bar-B-Q, for the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee by Balanced Energy Arkansas and the Electric Cooperatives. (Hard night for co-op lobbyists, what with competing feedbags during the same time period.)
DINNER ETC.: 6 p.m., Arthur’s Prime Steak House, Senate Public Health Committee by Cranford Associates.