Tuesday, Mar 3, 2009
Senate Votes to Make Spring Break Uniform Throughout Arkansas
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LITTLE ROCK - All Arkansas school districts would have spring break during the last week of March, under legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate.
The bill would take effect in the 2009-2010 school year and would be in effect for two years. During that time an advisory committee would study its effect on tourism, academic schedules, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
The advisory committee would have representatives from the Arkansas Activities Association, the Hospitality Association, school boards, teachers, colleges and universities.
Also Tuesday, a House committee voted in favor of a Senate bill to place further restrictions on teenaged drivers. Next, it must be approved by the entire House before it becomes law.
The bill affects young drivers who have either a learner's permit or an intermediate license. It would be prohibit them from driving after 11 o'clock at night, but there are exemptions for driving to school activities and to work.
It would limit the number of teenaged passengers who could be in the car with them. Only one other teenager could be a passenger in the car, unless there is an adult with them.
Brothers and sisters would not be included in the limit on teenaged passengers.