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Tax for highways hits the road towards the Arkansas State Senate

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March 25, 2011


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Almost two weeks after approving a measure that would implement a five-cent diesel tax to an existing bond issue for highway needs, the Arkansas House did the same for a measure that would also improve state highways. On March 24, 2011, the chamber approved of the proposal with a final vote of 62-25. The measure must now be approved by the Arkansas State Senate in order to be placed on the ballot.[1][2]

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. One more hurdle awaits the previously mentioned 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.

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