Chambers of commerce will compete for legislators at competing cocktail hours this evening.

From 5 to 7 p.m., legislators have their choice:

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Freebies from the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Capitol Hill Building or from the Crittenden County Chambers of Commerce at Next Level Events in the Train Station. Skol!

Again: Voters made free eats and drinks illegal by constitutional amendment in 2014, but the legislature promptly carved several loopholes, the biggest being legalizing free drinks and eats courtesy of lobbyists as long as all members of the House and/or Senate are invited.  A delicious side note is that the legislature also provided a legal pathway to funneling tax revenue to private chambers of commerce to help cover their expenses as they lobby legislators. You may be sure their agenda does not include better pay and working conditions for the sons and daughters of toil.

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