- A compromise bill allowing for
body-mass-index testing of Arkansas public school students only
every other year won the endorsement of a Senate panel today.
The amended bill, by Representative Keven Anderson of Rogers,
also exempts eleventh- and twelfth-graders from the tests. The
amendments came as Anderson made a compromise with Governor Beebe,
who had said he wanted parts of the program to continue.
The B-M-I law was passed in 2003 as part of an effort to curb
childhood obesity in the state.
The bill now heads to the Senate floor.