JANUARY 24, 2007 - Posted at 11:25 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Senate Education Committee has advanced a bill that would require courts to notify schools when a student has been charged with a sex crime.
The bill by Representative Shirley Walters, a Republican from Greenwood, would shift the burden of informing the school from the parents to the court. State law currently requires that parents of a student notify the school as part of a court-ordered safety plan. Walters says parents would not be likely to follow through on the obligation.
Also today the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor advanced a bill that would encourage grocery stores to provide sanitary wipes for customers. The bill's intent is to help prevent the spread of germs. The bill goes to the Senate floor.