February 20, 2003
Posted at: 8:18 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The governor reached a compromise with legislators today on a bill that would improve the state's public schools. The legislation puts an emphasis on local control of schools and has a provision to make school superintendents state employees.
A House committee passed on a bill today that would have required outdoor lights to be more energy-efficient. Sponsor Sam Ledbetter wanted to require new or replaced outdoor lights to be shielded to increase efficiency and reduce light pollution, especially in central Arkansas.
Legislation that would clear up state highway officials' authority to pay for and build toll roads won approval today in a House committee. Efforts to build a Bella Vista bypass in northwest Arkansas prompted state highway officials to call for the legislation.
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that a losing candidate in a Phillips County legislative race took too long to back up his challenge. The court says Arnell Willis isn't entitled to a review that could change the results.