Gilbert Baker Voting Record Documentation Gilbert Baker Voting Record Documentation - To see how to find these voting records that are copied from the Arkansas Legislative website, see very end of this document.

Gilbert Baker Voting Record Documentation

and Jim Holt and Kim Hendren Voting Record

 

There are 35 Senators so it takes 18 votes to pass a bill.  A "present" vote or "not voting"  is basically a NAY  vote because you are not one of 18 votes required to pass a bill.  Senators will sometimes say they voted against a bill if they didn't actually vote YEA on it. There is not a simple link for the voting records so we pasted the voting records of some of Gilbert Baker's voting records here.  If you want to check the Arkansas website for these bills, see directions at end of this document or email the webmaster and ask for directions.

 

(1) Act 90, SB 42, 2003) Gilbert Baker voted for  for the bill that resulted in $386 million tax to increase our sales tax to 6%. Description of bill in newspaper: "SB42, the school-funding formula bill, is based on the assumption that the state will find a $441 million increase in state aid for the public schools, which includes a $386 million tax increase.

Now Act 59

Senate Vote - SB42

Bisbee

 

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING ACT OF 2003.

 

Yeas: 21

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

J. Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Gullett  

Hendren  

Higginbothom  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

Luker  

Madison  

Salmon  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkinson  

Womack  

Wooldridge  

 

 

 

Nays: 11

Altes  

Faris  

Glover  

Hill  

Holt  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

Malone  

Miller  

T. Smith  

 

Not Voting: 3

Critcher  

Steele  

Wilkins  

 

(2) Act 90 (HB1009 Gilbert Baker voted for the facilities bill that allowed the State to take over all school facilities in Arkansas (Facilities Committee recommended 4.5 BILLION for next five years.) Schools can no longer build or remodel without permission of the state and according to state regulations. Description in Arkansas Democrat newspaper Dec 1, 04 : "Arkansas’ public school buildings need about $2.3 billion worth of immediate upgrades, including $86.7 million for fix-ups critical to the health and safety of students and teachers. The price tag grows to $4.5 billion when it includes the need to add space in crowded schools, population growth over the next five years and likely repairs expected over that time. The numbers were in the long-awaited final report assessing the needs of Arkansas school facilities that was released Tuesday during a meeting of the legislative Joint Committee on Educational Facilities."

Another quote from newspaper in 2005,  "The new Commission on Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation on Tuesday tentatively approved a 500-page manual that is expected to guide the planning, design and construction of Arkansas schools for years to come." (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

 

Senate Vote Feb. 4, 2004

Senate Vote - HB1009

Pickett

 

AN ACT TO CREATE THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMIC FACILITIES; TO REQUIRE THE REALIGNMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Yeas: 31

Altes  

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

J. Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Critcher  

Glover  

Gullett  

Hendren  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

Luker  

Madison  

Malone  

Miller  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkinson  

Wooldridge  

 

 

 

 

 

Not Voting: 4

Faris  

Holt  

Wilkins  

Womack  

 

(3) Act 1467 (HB2697) 2003 Session  Voted for the Omnibus bill that  implemented a government controlled curriculum in every school in Arkansas that has resulted in numerous additional state department employees to oversee and control the implementation of that curriculum in the local schools.   By 2006, 61 schools had been put on probation for some minor infraction that which allows the State Department to consolidate the school, take over the administration and suspend or even oust local school board members. 

 

Senate Vote - HB2697

Green

 

THE OMNIBUS QUALITY EDUCATION ACT OF 2003.

Yeas: 25

Altes  

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

J. Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Gullett  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Horn  

Luker  

Madison  

Malone  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkins  

Wilkinson  

Womack  

Wooldridge  

 

 

 

 

 

Nays: 5

Faris  

Glover  

Hendren  

Holt  

Miller  

Not Voting: 5

Critcher  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

 

(4) SB91 (Act  98), 2nd  extraordinary session, 2003. Gilbert Baker Voted to give $107 million dollars to Arkansas Department of Education for 32 new employees, etc.  The legislature supposedly consolidated the schools to save money by hiring fewer superintendents.   $22 million paid the salary for every superintendent in the state in 2003, but this $107 million gift to ADE would pay for 1,070 superintendents at $100,000 for a year. It was reported in the papter that Senator Bisbee aacknowledged during the meeting that consolidation wouldn’t save money.

 

Now Act 98

Senate Vote - SB91

Bisbee

 

AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2003- 05 BIENNIUM.

 

Feb 06, 2004 -  1:21:04

Bill & Emergency Clause : Passed

Yeas: 28

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

J. Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Critcher  

Faris  

Glover  

Gullett  

Hendren  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

Madison  

Malone  

Miller  

Salmon  

Steele  

Whitaker  

Wilkins  

Wooldridge  

 

 

Nays: 2

Altes  

Holt  

 

 (5) Voted for the bill that sent $456 million to facilities in 2007 from the surplus fund  (this is like hidden tax-taking money from surplus that could be used for other things people will be taxed on later.). SB833, 2007  House Bill 2501 and Senate Bill 833. $104 million was appropriated for facilities in 2005 and the state's share of facilities was $277 million in 2006.  Before the Facilties Bill passed that Baker voted for, these expenses were handled at the local level. Quote from newspaper article in 2007 board members who were considering additions to school buildings: "Other projects, though, were the main issue of discussion between board members Thursday night, as several thought that they were unnecessary and only being considered because the state was providing a portion of the funding....This is like buying a second winter coat on sale,” Distretti said. “You're just buying it because it's on sale, even if you don't need it. (Paragould Daily Press)  Another quote from newspaper in 2007,  "The state Department of Education requires districts to build schools that far exceed state standards, a Springdale School District spokesmen told a panel of lawmakers Thursday morning. Another quote from a newsaper in 2007

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Senate Vote - SB833

Joint Budget Co

 

Mar 30, 2007 -  10:46:17

CONSENT PASSAGE : Passed

 

THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION PROJECTS ACCOUNT OF THE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE STATE BUDGET.

 

Yeas: 34

Altes  

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Critcher  

Crumbly  

Glover  

Hendren  

Hill  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

Luker  

Madison  

Malone  

Miller  

B. Pritchard  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

J. Taylor  

R. Thompson  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkins  

Wilkinson  

Womack  

 

 

Excused: 1

Faris  

 

(Note: This vote was taken after Holt was no longer in the Senate)

 

(6) Voted for every consolidation bill that went through the Senate, for closing schools with enrollment of 500 (which didn't pass); with enrollment of 350 (Act 60 and HB1109) which did pass and closed 45 campuses by 2006;  for closing isolated districts (which put many  kids on the bus for 3 1/2 hours a day after voting for a bill the year before that got through on the basis they would not close isolated districts.  He also voted for countywide school districts (supposedly administrative only but the wording in the bill clearly gives authority for countywide school districts)   SB132 of 2005  (This bill did not get out of committee in the House) The consolidation resulted in more centralized government, and some of the main supporters of the bill admitted it would not save a penny.  There have been reports that it has costs the state and taxpayers more.  In fact, the bill that passed got rid of  about 60 superintendents (later more than that) but according to a Dem Gazette article, 12,000 new educational employees have been hired since 2000.  Sounds like the government, doesn't it?

 

Senate Vote - SB28

ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/bills/2003s2/public/SB28/SB28-121620031452.rtf

(This bill passed the Senate but did not get through the House)

"b)  By February 1, 2004, and each February 1 thereafter, the department shall publish a consolidation list that includes all school districts with fewer than five hundred (500) students per the district's average daily membership in both of the two (2) school years immediately preceding the current school year. "

Argue

 

Yeas: 21

 

Dec 19, 2003 -  1:00:36

: Passed

THE COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION REORGANIZATION ACT.


 

Altes   Argue   Baker   Bisbee   J. Bookout   Broadway  
Brown   Bryles   Capps   Gullett   Hendren   Higginbothom  
Luker   Madison   Malone   Salmon   T. Smith   Steele  
Trusty   Whitaker   Wilkins  

Nays: 14
 

Critcher   Faris   Glover   Hill   Holt   Horn  
G. Jeffress   J. Jeffress   B. Johnson   Laverty   Miller   Wilkinson  
Womack   Wooldridge

 

 

Senate Vote - SB132

Whitaker

AN ACT TO FORM COUNTYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

 

Mar 31, 2005 -  3:25:29

Yeas: 21

Altes  

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Faris  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Horn  

B. Johnson  

Malone  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkins  

Wooldridge  

 

 

 

Nays: 6

Glover  

Hendren  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

Miller  

Taylor  

Present: 2

Holt  

Womack  

Not Voting: 6

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkins  

 

(7)  Gilbert Baker supported and voted for all the following bills:  The most powerful liberal Democrat Senator Argue (Senate Education Chair for several years)  gloated over the amount of money raised  in 2005, writing  the following in a guest article in the Democrat Gazette May 15, 2005.  "In the current school year we’ve added $380 million to the school system. Next year we’ll add $170 million, and then in the 2006/07 school year, we will add another $98 million. In addition to these new operating funds, we’ve appropriated $104 million to begin our new school facilities program. This totals $752 million of new spending in our school system in the current and next two school years. Total K-12 spending is now 53 percent of total state general and dedicated revenues, an all time high."   Note that  "K-12 Note that  "K-12 funding now accounts for 40 percent of the Colorado general fund budget."  http://www.ncsl.org/programs/fiscal/tels2005.htm 

 

For the state of education in Arkansas, since these bills passed, see red bulleted points in article at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Score%20Scam%202009.htm

 

Voting records on other numbers listed above show that Baker voted for the bills that led to this funding. See #1 and # 2 above.

 

(8) Sponsored (and we presume wrote) SB 430 (Act 685)  in 2005 providing for a statewide election on issuing tax revenue bonds (Referred Question NO. 1) This bill if approved by voters would have left "Arkansas in debt for decades to come," according to newspaper articles. Citizens soon  learned that because of veiled language in the bill, the Highway Commission would have had power to re-issue bonds for maintenance of  highways  up to the $575 million cap as many times as it wanted without further voter approval. This  veiled language was a slick move to get around the wording of Amendment 20 to the Arkansas Constitution that guarantees the voters a right to vote on any state indebtedness.   The amount of interest and bonding fees would have been $217 million or 37%.  Fortunately citizens were educated through the work of dedicated opponents and voted it down 68% to 32%,  even though the bond issue was supported by the political establishment..  (Former Senator Holt fought this issue and issued a press release opposing it although he had originally voted for it.    When he became aware of the veiled language in the bill,  he began to openly fight against it.  "Of the lieutenant governor hopefuls, Holt and political consultant Drew Pritt of Warren, a Democrat, oppose the measure. Rep. Doug Matayo, R-Springdale, former Republican U. S. Attorney Chuck Banks, state Sen. Tim Wooldridge, D-Paragould, and former state Rep. Mike Hathorn, D-Huntsville, support it."

 

ARKANSAS INTERSTATE HIGHWAY FINANCING ACT OF 2005.  

Senate Vote - SB430

Baker

Feb 24, 2005 -  1:21:59

Bill & Emergency Clause : Passed

Yeas: 32

Argue  

Baker  

Bisbee  

Bookout  

Broadway  

Brown  

Bryles  

Capps  

Critcher  

Faris  

Glover  

Hendren  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Holt  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

Laverty  

Luker  

Madison  

Malone  

Miller  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

Trusty  

Whitaker  

Wilkinson  

Womack  

Wooldridge  

 

 

 

 

Nays: 1

Altes  

Excused: 2

Taylor  

Wilkins  

 

(9) Was quoted in newspaper article as saying on November 2009:  "Senator Gilbert Baker, State co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, said he has no criticism about the growth in state government’s employee ranks."  This quote was made in the newspaper article that reported,  "In Beebe’s second full fiscal year as governor, 1,254 employees were added to the payroll, the second consecutive 1,000-plus increase under the Democratic incumbent and the fifth 1,000-plus increase in the past 11 years. ("State still hires, despite cuts" AR Dem Gaz by Wickline)

 

(10)  Baker was the sole co-sponsor of liberal Betty Pickett's HB2749 (ACT 1813) alcohol bill that has allowed the ABC Board to grant liquor licenses to numerous so called private clubs  in dry counties in Arkansas.  This bill passed by only one vote in the Senate.   There have been approximately 133 liquor licenses issued in dry counties to so called private clubs, mostly restaurants, since Baker got this bill passed.

 

Senate Vote - HB2749   Now Act 1813

Pickett

AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE PURPOSE FOR OBTAINING A PRIVATE CLUB PERMIT.

 

Apr 11, 2003 -  1:55:32

Baker : Passed

Yeas: 18

Altes  

Baker  

Broadway  

Critcher  

Faris  

Hendren  

Higginbothom  

Hill  

Horn  

B. Johnson  

Luker  

Madison  

Malone  

Miller  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

Wooldridge  

Nays: 4

Capps  

Glover  

Laverty  

Whitaker  

Present: 1

Holt  

Not Voting: 10

Argue  

Bisbee  

J. Bookout  

Brown  

Bryles  

Gullett  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

Wilkins  

Womack  

 

 

Excused: 2

Trusty  

Wilkinson  

 

 

(11)  Gilbert Baker is the Arkansas senator given the highest rating in  (meaning he voted more liberal) by a liberal organization in Arkansas of any Republican in the Senate and received a higher score than 41 Representatives including several Democrats by this liberal group.  Information taken from this link,  page 42 & 43 Citizens First Congress  - a Liberal Group http://citizensfirst.org/resources/2009%20Vote%20Guide.pdf

 

(12)  Never sponsored an illegal alien bill in all the years he has been in the House or Senate or given any real support to the movement against illegal aliens when he was Republican Chair.    He was on the committee that tabled Senator Holt's bill in  to keep illegal aliens from getting benefits.  He did vote against Joyce Elliott's bill to give instate tuition and scholarships to illegal aliens.

 

(13)  Is so out of  touch with real conservatives that he relied on favorable quotes from John Brummett and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in his fund raising letter, and a quote by John Brummett is the only quote from anyone he uses on his website in the article "About Gilbert Baker."  Everyone  knows that John Brummett is one of the most liberal journalists in Arkansas.  The  Democrat Gazette has in the past endorsed Senator Lincoln, Vic Snyder, and wrote puff pieces on two of the most liberal Democrats in Arkansas, Senator Jim Argue and Senator Joyce Elliott, as well as a puff piece on the first self avowed lesbian in the legislature, Kathy Webb.  In addition, this paper has blasted almost every true conservative legislator in recent years.

 

(14) Although he is conservative on social issues, he has rarely, if ever,  championed them in the legislature or filed significant bills in that direction. 

 

(15) Gilbert Baker voted for the Lottery Act HB1002, now Act 606. Lt. Governor Bill Halter was successful in getting a lottery initiative passedHowever, Baker said  in an interview with Steve Barnes in February, 2009, that, " He [Halter] cast the amendment; he proposed the amendment; and he got it out there, but he wrote it in such a way that legislators are supposed to flesh the thing out.  He [Halter] understands that.  It is our responsibility to come up with the rules and the regs and hopefully he will have lots of input into that process, but at the end of the day it is the legislature that will vote and the Governor will sign the legislation that puts the process in place. Joyce Elliott was quoted as saying in the same interview, " It it is up to the legislature to get it right and set the rules and all of that."  Link to interview with G/Baker, Steve Barnes, and  Joyce Elliott, http://www.aetn.org/programs/legislativeupdate/archives/posts/february_13,_2009

 

Most Arkansans will agree that the legislature did not get it right.  The bill is a  compilation of bills from other states.  And rather than write a restrictive bill after the vote on the lottery by the people, the legislature wrote a bill that allows all kinds of  expansion of gambling with no or little oversight by the legislature. This 117 page  bill was written by  Democratic leadership, and yet Senator Gilbert Baker and other Republicans did not openly challenge the bill so the people would know what was going on.

 

Senate Vote - HB1002

Wills

THE ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY ACT.

 

Mar 23, 2009 -  2:46:17

Bill & Emergency Clause : Passed

 

Yeas: 34

Altes  

G. Baker  

Bledsoe  

Bookout  

Broadway  

Bryles  

Capps  

Crumbly  

Elliott  

Faris  

Glover  

Hendren  

Horn  

G. Jeffress  

J. Jeffress  

B. Johnson  

D. Johnson  

J. Key  

Laverty  

Luker  

Madison  

P. Malone  

Miller  

B. Pritchard  

Salmon  

T. Smith  

Steele  

J. Taylor  

Teague  

R. Thompson  

Whitaker  

H. Wilkins  

Wilkinson  

D. Wyatt  

 

 

Excused: 1

Trusty  

 

More to come later.

 

See these links for other related article:

 

Liberal Organization in Arkansas gives Gilbert Baker highest rating of all Republican Senators and higher than 41 House members.

http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20voting%20record%20by%20liberal%20group.htm

Gilbert Baker relied on John Brummett Quotes in fund raising letter and on his web:  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20fundraising%20letter%20-%20Brummett.htm

Washington Examiner - GOP picking candidate too soon  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20B%20-%20GOP%20picking%20him%20too%20soon.htm

 

By: Women Action Group

 

To find voting records on bills for previous AR sessions

 

Go to the Arkansas legislature website: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/
Click on the link to go to the old site:
http://staging.arkleg.state.ar.us/members.asp
Click on the previous legislative sessions link on the left panel.
Click on the yellow  folder to the session (the year)  you need to access information for.
In the drop down links, click on Regular Session Bills and Resolutions.
In the new window, click on Bill Status

Fill in the number of the House or Senate bill

Then click Senate highlighted in green for Senate Vote or on House highlighted in green for House vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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