Legislature Reconvenes Hoping to Fund Projects Vetoed by Beebe

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers travel back to Little Rock today. Legislative leaders have scheduled two final days today and tomorrow to wrap up business by modifying several appropriations to meet the constitutionality objections of Governor Beebe. Then the legislators plan to go home for good.

The changes in General Improvement Fund allocations were proposed after Beebe vetoed six proposals that he said violated a constitutional ban on funding strictly local projects.

House Speaker Benny Petrus, a Democrat from Stuttgart, says legislative leaders met with Beebe and proposed changing the measures so the money would go to state agencies to distribute as they choose, instead of naming specific local projects.

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