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Legislators Could Conclude Session This Week

APRIL 11, 2005 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas legislators could finish their business this week, putting a cap on a 14-week regular session.  But House and Senate members have to first agree on funding for local projects.

A dispute among senators over how much of the state's general improvement fund to set aside for hometown needs delayed business last week.

This week, the chambers will consider identical bills referred by the Joint Budget Committee that would allocate about $43 million in general improvement money for local projects.  Those projects include community centers, baseball fields and libraries.

The amount is a compromise with a vocal group of senators who wanted more.

Also this week, the Senate is expected to endorse a plan for public school facilities funding.  The plan will help the state meet a state Supreme Court mandate that declared its public school system unconstitutional.  The court ordered the state to ensure school children statewide attend classes in adequate facilities.

The bill also distributes $49.5 million to districts to help with old debt.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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