Today's Assembly Highlights: January 16

January 16, 2003
Posted at: 7:45 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Legislators working on the state's education problems heard today that President Bush's ``No Child Left Behind'' plan will complicate their efforts. An education expert told legislators today that the federal plan will make their work more complicated and costly.

The House Judiciary Committee spent an hour today talking about how to structure the debate over legislation that would limit civil damage awards. The committee finally set a daylong hearing for January 28 on the so-called Civil Justice Reform Act of 2003.

The House approved legislation today that will cut $49.3 million from the Central Services Fund to help cover a government shortfall. The House also passed a bill to pay for government expenses for the next two years.

The chairmen of the House and Senate education committees have said they will hold a joint meeting and invite state Department of Education staff to outline how Arkansas is moving to comply with the federal law. No word on when that meeting will be.

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