House passes local exemption from fluoride standards; anti-abortion bill; computer class measure | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, February 19, 2015

House passes local exemption from fluoride standards; anti-abortion bill; computer class measure

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:33 PM

By a 60-34 vote today, the state House passed Republican Rep. Jack Ladyman's bill to give control of fluoride levels in water to local water distribution systems.

The arguments were familiar: Local control is always best (except for gay people and guns); fluoride is dangerous. Or, alternately, fluoride has been a proven boon to better teeth.

A mishmash of laws is OK on tooth decay, but not on civil rights protections.

Move along. Not much enlightening to be seen here in the land of cotton, where Robert E. Lee is not soon forgotten.

There's always the Senate, where the bill goes next.

In other medical matters, the House completed action on a bill to prevent a doctor from using telemedicine so that a woman might take a pill that induces a miscarriage in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Such chemical abortions are not performed by webcam now in Arkansas, but the legislature wants to be sure they can't be. It will be moving in this session to expand other sorts of telemedicine, however, recognizing the difficulty of putting people in rural areas with doctors.

Returning to a more modern view of science, the legislature did complete action on a bill requiring every high school to teach a computer science class, a campaign aim of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The governor said in a statement:

By passing this bill, Arkansas will become a national leader in computer-science education, and we’ll be preparing a workforce that’s sure to attract businesses and jobs to our state.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation