Today's Assembly Highlights: January 22

January 22, 2003
Posted at: 5:53 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State Senator Denny Altes has pulled back his bill to alter wording that would encourage school boards to display patriotic phrases. Altes brought the bill before the Senate Education Committee this morning. His bill changes the wording of a state statute from ``may allow'' to ``shall allow.''

State Senator Jim Argue is to sponsor Governor Huckabee's school consolidation plans and says Arkansans should support it. Argue says school patrons across Arkansas should view school district restructuring as a way to preserve community schools.

The House approved a military bill today that representatives say would make life easier for armed forces members. The legislation adds military identification cards to the list of documents acceptable for public school enrollment.

Legislation that would make it illegal for school bus drivers to use cell phones behind the wheel is one step closer to realization. Hensley Democrat Mike Creekmore's bill would make it a misdemeanor charge with a fine of between $100 and $250.

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