The 2017 regular session has come to a close, but that doesn't mean our work is finished. We're gearing up for a busy interim—but before we talk about that, let's take a moment to look back at our legislative accomplishments from this session.
HB1014, the Teacher's Classroom Investment Deduction, now Act 666 of 2017, will allow public school teachers in Arkansas to claim up to a $250 deduction on their state taxes for qualifying, out-of-pocket expenses for their classrooms. Our teachers often spend hundreds of dollars on books, supplies, food, clothing, and more for their students. This new deduction will help provide some relief.
HB1592, now Act 543 of 2017, ensures coverage parity for oral chemotherapeutics. Arkansas was one of just eight states without such a law in place, meaning these advanced, cancer-fighting drugs were out of reach for most Arkansans. Not anymore.
HB2022, now Act 708 of 2017, puts breast ultrasounds and 3D mammography—advanced tools to help detect breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue—within reach of every woman in Arkansas by making sure these procedures aren't subject to a costly deductible.
We accomplished a lot this session, and I couldn't have done it without you.