Senate Adjourns for Long Weekend, House Committee Hears Testimony

JANUARY 13, 2005 - Posted at 3:42 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - There's much talk and little action at the Capitol.

Senate members today waived on an empty calender and headed home for a long holiday weekend.  The House expected to pass a resolution giving senators permission not to come back until Tuesday; neither chamber can adjourn a regular session for more than three days without the other's permission.

The House was scheduled to meet tomorrow.  Both chambers planned Monday off because of the state holiday observing the birthdays of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

House Speaker Bill Stovall says the overall legislative load has been light so far, but there has been considerable activity in committees.

The only action today was in the House Transportation Committee, wherer members passed legislation that would require retired firefighters to prove their status only the first time they renew a special firefighters license plate after January 1, 2006, instead of every time they renew their tags.

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