Perhaps because it's spring break week, the social calendar at the legislature
looks light this week, at least insofar as published events. Lobbyists have devised many ways to slop legislative hogs without breaking onto the public schedules.
Lunch, 11:30, AEA building, host, Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign.
Dinner, 4-6 p.m., Vino's, host Drug Policy Education Group
I'm checking on committee "scheduled events."
UPDATE: A small but select lineup of fine dining on the lobbyists' credit cards:
Dinner, 6:30,Samantha's, House Revenue and Taxation Commission, hosted by Impact Management.
Dinner, 6 p.m., Cache, House Transportation Committee, hosted by Mullenix and Associates.
These events can be high-dollar. Take a look at the Mullenix expenditures for Februar
y, for example. They put on almost $29,000 in feedbags with a $1,470 breakfast for legislators in behalf of Big River Steel; $5,700 for a firm reception for the legislature (that's a lot of cocktails), and $21,600 reception thrown for the Arkansas Realtors Association.