Today's Assembly Highlights: January 23

January 23, 2003
Posted at: 7:20 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With many legislators too anxious about improving public education to deal with other issues, members of the House and Senate took care of minor business today. With the first two weeks of the assembly nearly complete, little of significance has worked its way through either body.

A bill was approved by the House Education Committee today that advances efforts to start a study that assesses what should be considered adequate in public education. The committee agreed to seat an eleven-member committee that would oversee the study.

The House Public Health Committee approved a bill today that aims to make it illegal to sell or possess urine samples to falsify the results of drug tests. Representative Jay Martin of North Little Rock sponsored the bill after a drug-testing firm in his district complained.

The House passed a bill today that gives the state Education Department nearly $81 million in federal funds to spend. The chamber also approved legislation to let the Governor's Mansion Commission spend $25,000 to cover increases in insurance and utility rates.