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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Legislative rundown

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Misguided?: The Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee passed a bill this morning by Rep. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, that would only allow public money to cover abortions when the mother's life is in danger. A federal amendment currently allows public funds to cover abortions in the event of rape, incest or when the mother's life is at stake. Rita Sklar, of ACLU Arkansas, spoke against the bill would likely be trumped by the federal law and its passage would result only in lengthy court battles.

Kicked down the road: A bill that would require "lawful presence" to receive in-state tuition at state higher education institutions came up in the House Education Committee this morning. An amendment was added and the bill will come up again at a later date. UA Chancellor David Gearhart spoke against the bill. Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, the bill's sponsor, said allowing students who aren't citizens to get a tuition break "encourages illegal activity."

End the embargo: A resolution to urge the President of the United States to end the trade embargo with Cuba made it out of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee and now goes to the House for a vote.

Illegal activity: And you've already read about Rep. Smith and Sen. Holland.

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