House Approves Bill Allowing Jonesboro Utility to Invest in Out-of-State Interests

JANUARY 16, 2007 - Posted at 3:33 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On a 95-0 vote, the Arkansas House of Representatives today approved a proposal to allow consolidated utility districts to participate with out-of-state agencies.  The bill would also allow Jonesboro's City Water & Light to invest in a power plant in Louisiana.

In other legislative actions today, the House also passed a bill that would make spouses of military members called to active duty eligible for a refund of their college tuition.  The vote was 95-to-0 and the bill advances to the Senate.

In the Senate, members voted 35-to-0 to pass the general appropriation bill to pay for the running of the core operation of state government.  The measure easily passed the House last week.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)