Today's Assembly Highlights: January 21

January 21, 2003
Posted at: 8:20 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House Education Committee is scheduled to take up the job of defining what constitutes an adequate education for an Arkansas child on Thursday. The adequacy study is a first step in the state Supreme Court mandate improve the public schools.

Legislators trying to cover essential state needs sent a bill back to the drawing board today that would give parents a break on back-to-back school purchases. The bill was pulled with legislators saying it's too early to look at exemptions.

Representative Larry Prater of Cedarville pulled a bill today that would shield the first 500 dollars of bonus pay and all overtime pay from the state income tax. He pledged to pursue the measure again later this legislative session.

With other legislators questioning if pickup truck drivers would feel targeted, Representative Shirley Borhauer of Bella Vista pulled legislation today that would allow police to use as evidence any litter that blows out of the back of a pickup truck.

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