Proposed Trauma Center Funding Fails in Committee

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A proposal to fund a statewide trauma treatment center system in Arkansas failed today in a House committee.

The measure would have used a mix of fines and taxes to fund the system, but the bill failed to win the endorsement of House members during the meeting of a conference committee today.

The proposal, by Senate President Jack Critcher (D-Batesville), would have placed a quarter of one percent tax increase on insurance policies throughout the state, exempting fixed life insurance policies.  The premium increase, coupled with a $50 fee on drunken-driving convictions, would have raised $15 million for the system.

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