Today's Assembly Highlights: February 6

February 6, 2003
Posted at: 7:00 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Legislators are worried that a sluggish economy could cause a repeat of budget shortfalls of the recent past. So today they urged the Huckabee administration to rein in spending. A January revenue report shows lower-than-expected tax collections for a third straight month.

A House committee voted to deny a bill today that would require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Right now, only motorists under age 21 are required to wear helmets. The state hasn't changed motorcycle helmet laws since the repeal of the mandatory helmet law in 1997.

A new version of the truck taxes bill was approved by a House committee today. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved the bill that would eliminate sales and use taxes on commercial trucks, sending it to the House. Some trailers would not be exempt.

A House committee approved a bill today that would keep people from suing gun and ammunition-makers simply because their products can cause injury or death. The legislation provides that people could still sue if the weapon or ammunition was defective.

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