Today's Assembly Highlights: January 27

January 27, 2003
Posted at: 9:28 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas House approved a bill today that will set up a committee charged with defining what exactly is an adequate education. The committee is necessary to move forward with steps to improve the state's public education system.

Next up for education improvement in the state is to determine timelines for improvement, costs, and which agencies will be involved. The House approved a bill today that will set up a committee to report by July first to the Legislature and the governor.

Governor Huckabee spent an hour on the radio this morning trying to explain his school consolidation bill to Arkansans. He says he's taking too many questions about saving school traditions and too few about what improved access to courses students will have.

Legislators backing a bill to limit civil lawsuit damages say they have tried to ease some critics' concerns by doubling the cap on punitive damages that juries can award. Still, they don't expect the amendment proposed today to blunt the strongest opposition to the measure, lawyers.

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