The Arkansas Senate has rejected legislation that would have required racial impact statements for any legislation that creates new criminal offenses or changes existing sentencing laws.
The Senate voted 15-10 on Friday in favor of the bill by Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock requiring the statements, which would detail how legislation would affect minorities in the state. It needed 18 votes in the 35-member Senate.
ExxonMobil has put a number to its estimate for the volume of oil that spilled at Mayflower. State officials had estimated between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels were set loose in last week's accident.
On Friday, ExxonMobil said 5,000 barrels spilled and said it is conducting a response adequate for a 10,000-barrel spill. No one was hurt in the March 29 pipeline rupture but more than 20 homes had to be evacuated. There is still no estimate for when those people can return.
No more disruptive outbursts in Pine Bluff City Council meetings.
That’s the message of Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, who has grown tired of interruptions and loud cross-talk, not only by members of the audience, but by aldermen themselves.
Friday, she announced plans to hire a Sergeant-at-Arms and a Parliamentarian to be on duty during council meetings. She said at the meeting Friday she won’t hesitate to have someone removed if they’re disrupting the proceedings.