Bill Moving Arkansas Primary Gets House OK, Stalls In Senate

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A proposal to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March has cleared the House but is stalling in the Senate.

The House voted 56 to 32 Wednesday in favor of the change and 69 to 15 for a related bill moving next year's legislative session from February to April. The legislation would make Arkansas part of a planned regional nominating contest among southeastern states supporters have dubbed the "SEC Primary."

Identical Senate bills Tuesday in committee, and failed on a second attempt Wednesday. The Senate voted to pull both measures out of committee, but failed to win enough votes to take up the bills on Wednesday. Senate President Jonathan Dismang says unless supporters can clear that hurdle, the legislation can't come up for a vote until Saturday.