February 11, 2003
Posted at: 8:00 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With little debate the Arkansas Senate approved Governor Huckabee's government reorganization bill today. The measure would consolidate 53 state agencies into ten major departments. The proposal now moves to the Arkansas House.
The Arkansas House approved legislation today that aims to improve the incentives that the state offers businesses interested in locating here. Bill sponsors say changes should make Arkansas more competitive with nearby states and that the cost should be about the same.
A rally brought nursing home advocates to the state Capitol this morning. Members oppose a bill that would create a nursing home insurance pool -- and set limits on punitive damages against nursing homes. They say the bill would benefit nursing homes and put residents in a disadvantaged position.
The state House Judiciary Committee approved legislation this morning that allows concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol and in parks. Anyone carrying the weapons would already need a permit. Some restaurant owners expressed concerns about the effect of the bill.