Today's Assembly Highlights: February 18

February 18, 2003
Posted at: 8:08 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas passed a bill today that establishes a nursing home insurance pool and puts limits on civil damages against nursing homes. Representative Jeff Gillespie wants to keep the bill in the House a while longer to try to address any concerns before bringing it to a Senate committee.

A panel in the Arkansas House approved legislation today that creates a ``Choose Life'' specialty state license plate. Proceeds from the plate will go to programs that promote adoption. One change in the bill keeps groups from using the funds to promote religious ideas.

State Senator Shane Broadway filed a bill today that would force inspections of school buildings to see if they are conducive to a good education. Broadway's bill creates a special committee to determine what constitutes an adequate educational facility.

A milestone at the state Capitol today. The Joint Budget Committee approved the first state agency budgets paid for from general revenues. The budgets approved today hold spending to this year's levels _ with no new employees and no raises for existing employees.

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