Senate Panel Endorses Bill to Alter Monitoring of Students Body Mass Index

LITTLE ROCK

- 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.

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