Melbourne Senator Offers Amendment on Judicial Review

February 12, 2003
Posted at: 4:41 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A proposed constitutional amendment filed Wednesday would forbid judges from reviewing review Arkansas' education funding.

The proposal by Senator Paul Miller of Melbourne says the amount of state funds to be distributed to Arkansas schools, and the formula used to distribute the money, would not be subject to review by any court in Arkansas.

Miller says his proposal would protect the state in the event that legislators can't come to agreement this year on improving public schools under a state Supreme Court mandate.

If approved, the proposed amendment would be put to voters in November 2004. If voters agree, it would become effective the following January first.

Under a Supreme Court ruling last fall, the state has until the end of the year to institute a plan to provide equal educational opportunities for all public school children.

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