Monday, March 20, 2017

A civics test for thee, but not for me, House committee decides

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 1:07 PM

The Arkansas legislature earlier this session enacted a law to require students to pass the test (60 is passing) required to become a naturalized citizen to graduate from high school.

Rep. John Walker of Little Rock was among those who objected to putting another testing burden on students. So today he offered two bills in committee: One to require that state legislators pass the test before being allowed to vote on legislation and another to require state agency directors to pass the test. He got a cold reception.

Walker pulled down the bill for legislators after Committee Chair Bob Ballinger raised constitutional questions on placing a requirement on legislative voting. Walker said he'd still like to amend the bill to require legislators to take, if not pass, the test. He said the legislature had broad power to enact rules for memers.

He got a motion to recommend his bill for agency heads, but drew no supporting comments and it failed on a voice vote.

Here's a link to the 100-question test on civics all students will have to  pass.

The law takes effect in the 2018-19 school year.

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