Today's Assembly Highlights: January 29

January 29, 2003
Posted at: 4:55 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House passed a bill this afternoon that gives truckers in the state a tax break. Truckers say that without tax breaks and amnesty for back taxes many trucking firms would have to leave the state or quit the business. The measure cleared the body 84-to-13.

The House approved a version of bill today that would repeal Arkansas' electric deregulation law. The bill's sponsor says Arkansas should learn from the experience in California. There, rolling blackouts and higher electricity prices were blamed on deregulation.

The Senate Education Committee has endorsed a measure that would establish a special committee to determine what constitutes an adequate education in Arkansas. However now it includes an amendment that would extend the special panel's deadline by up to sixty days.

A House committee passed legislation today that would continue Arkansas' beer tax that was first collected in 2001. The money is meant to supplement funding for early childhood education and child-care programs in danger because of budget cuts.

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