Diesel tax measure gains Arkansas House approval

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March 17, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: One more hurdle awaits a proposed diesel tax increase ballot measure, as on March 11, 2011, the bill was approved by the Arkansas House of Representatives with a vote of 67-24. Before the full vote, on March 10, 2011, the House Public Transportation Committee approved the measure, sending it to the full chamber. The measure now heads to the Arkansas State Senate, where a final vote of approval would send it to the November 2012 ballot for voters to decide.[1]

A majority vote is required in both chambers of the Arkansas State Legislature to refer a measure to the ballot, according to Section 22, Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution.[2]

The measure was introduced to state legislature during session, where House Speaker Robert Moore asked lawmakers to consider the proposal. The measure would implement a five-cent diesel tax to an existing bond issue for highway needs.[3]

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