Favorite

It was a good week for undocumented students 

It was a good week for ...

UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS. Sen. Joyce Elliott filed a bill that would allow anyone who attends high school in Arkansas for at least three years and graduates from an Arkansas high school or receives a GED to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state colleges. That includes undocumented students — many who were brought here as small children and know no other country — who're currently forced to pay much higher out-of-state rates, a situation that puts extreme financial pressure on the students and their families. Under Elliott's bill, an undocumented student would have to file an affidavit with her state college of choice stating that she intends to work towards becoming legal. Co-sponsors of the measure include Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home), Rep. Les Carnine (R-Rogers), Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) and Rep. Sheilla Lampkin (D-Monticello).

BILL CLINTON. The former president wrote an impassioned editorial in the Washington Post calling for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Clinton signed it into law in 1996.

It was a bad week for ...

WOMEN. The Arkansas House voted 56-33-1 to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Sen. Jason Rapert's 12-week abortion ban, which means Arkansas has enacted the country's most restrictive abortion law. The act doesn't go into effect until 90 days after the legislature adjourns; an injunction from a judge could halt it before it becomes law. Rapert celebrated the historic day by filing a bill aimed at crippling Planned Parenthood.

AN ESCAPE. A Jonesboro woman was placed under arrest after drunkenly trying to flee police in a child's battery-operated "Power Wheels" toy car after crashing her Pontiac into a mobile home and then removing her pants.

VOTER SUPRESSION. After speeding through the Senate and a House committee, Sen. Bryan King's bill to require voter ID hit a snag when Rep. Jim Nickels pointed out that it involves amending the Arkansas Constitution, which requires a supermajority in both chambers. The measure passed the Senate one vote short of a supermajority. At press time, the bill was headed to the House Rules Committee for study.

WEINER HIGH SCHOOL. The State Board of Education voted 5-2 to close Weiner High School, which includes grades 7-12. The Harrisburg School Board asked the state board to close the school, which was annexed into the Harrisburg district in 2010, and move its grades to Harrisburg campuses to save money.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.
  • Another Jesus

    If you follow the logic of Jason Rapert and his supporters, God is very pleased so many have donated money to rebuild a giant stone slab with some rules on it. A few minutes on Rapert's Facebook page (if he hasn't blocked you yet) also shows his supporters believe that Jesus wants us to lock up more people in prison, close our borders to those in need and let poor Americans fend for themselves for food and health care.
  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.

Latest in The Week That Was

  • Riverfest calls it quits

    Also, deseg saga continues, Cotton targets legal immigration and more.
    • Jul 20, 2017
  • Martin dumps data

    Michael Reed interview, Hutchinson announces aid to LRPD, Candidates announces for mayor
    • Jul 13, 2017
  • Wrong people

    Power Ultra shooting, Asa on the Senate health plan, Rapert on the media and more.
    • Jul 6, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel

    • I'm only 31, still quite a young lesbian by some standards. Born in 1986, I…

    • on July 24, 2017
  • Re: Up and running

    • INTERESTING - However the idea isn't new.........a Major Technology Park was planned for the old…

    • on July 24, 2017
  • Re: A week at Midtown

    • Yes indeed, it is so wonderful to finally be back home. This is my 10th…

    • on July 24, 2017
 

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