Arkansas legislature and governor lock horns again

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March 27, 2013

Arkansas

By Joel Williams

Little Rock, Arkansas: The Arkansas State Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe are in disagreement again, this time over voter identification laws. The bill in dispute, which passed in the Senate 22-12 and the House 51-44, would require voters to show identification before casting their ballot. The governor vetoed the law, stating that "the bill will unnecessarily cost taxpayers money, grow bureaucracy and risk disenfranchisement of voters."[1] This veto comes only two weeks after Beebe vetoed an abortion bill, which was eventually overridden by the legislature. The Senate is already considering an override of the veto, with the House planning a vote should the Senate succeed.[2]

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