January 15, 2003
Posted at: 4:44 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state House and Senate met today and approved legislation to cover operating expenses for the session. Another slate of commttees meets tomorrow for orientation to get members up to speed. Real committee work is expected to start next Tuesday.
State legislators said today that Arkansas needs to act quickly and offer incentives to lure a Toyota plant to Marion in eastern Arkansas. However some admitted that they're not sure that will happen. Governor Huckabee touched on the incentives during address yesterday.
Concurrent terms of democrats state Senator Jerry Bookout and his son, Representative Paul Bookout both of Jonesboro mark the first time in recent memory that a father and son have served in the Legislature in the same session. They share an apartment in Little Rock.
The Joint Budget Committee approved a multi-million dollar general appropriations bill today. That's the bill that authorizes the salaries of the constitutional officers, legislators, judges, prosecutors and other government employees.