Legislative update | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Legislative update

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

John Williams' notes from the legislature:

* Rep. Mark Martin ran a bill today that would have the state pay for developmentally disabled children to be home-schooled. Vote was 8-11. Martin made lawsuit threat. 

* Senate approved Sen. Tracy Steele's bill to update Workforce Services law so Arkansas can get federal unemployment funds. (SB429). Vote was 19-7, with all no votes coming from Republicans.

* Remember when everybody thought it was a terrible idea to condemn private property for other private uses? Rep. John Lowery's bill (HB2251) to expand eminent domain powers over industrial plants passed 71-18. This looks to be specifically targeted at the closed Pilgrim's Pride plant in El Dorado.

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