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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Too easy?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Animal cruelty bill passed Senate 34-0. If it's this easy, is it strong enough?

This won't be so easy: Ark. Business has coverage of discussion of a bill to summarily end state payments required by a federal court agreement to Pulaski County school districts. This is the kind of thinking that got the state in court in the first place. Several point out the difficulties to Sen. Kim Hendren, sponsor. John Williams has more on Hendren's cool reception.

Also on the legislative front, health care advocates have set a rally next week in behalf of Gov. Beebe's tobacco tax increase proposal. They say tobacco lobbyists are pulling out all stops to defeat the legislation (or at least reduce the size of the tax increase). I'd say the lobbyists are working hard. They're coming to see me this afternoon, though I told them on the front end that I'm a tax-and-spender when it comes to tobacco taxes.

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