Former Governor Lobbies, but ERA Bill Stalls in House Committee

FEBRUARY 7, 2007 - Posted at 3:14 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendement has stalled in a House Committee.

On a vote of 10-to-10, the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs did not advance the measure.

The vote came after testimony from former Arkansas Governor David Pryor, who urged the panel to move the measure forward to the full House.  Pryor, who is a former U.S. Senator, told legislators that he regretted not being able to get the bill through the Legislature in 1975 when he was governor.

Arkansas is one of 15 states that had not passed the amendment when the deadline passed in 1982.  The measure says that equality of rights "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

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