Arkansas House passes 1 highway fund bill, rejects another

By: 
The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House of Representatives has passed the more modest of two measures that propose to raise money for highway maintenance.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2nwtW9S ) reports that both of the bills initially failed in the chamber Monday.

Republican Rep. Johnny Rye of Trumann offered to amend his bill to cap the money that would go to highways at $140 million after his measure to earmark revenue from applying the state sales tax to Internet sales fell short by two votes. The bill passed with 56 members voting in favor of it.

A bill by Republican Rep. Dan Douglas of Bentonville to raise $200 million annually for road maintenance fell four votes shy of the 67 votes it needed for the House to consider the bill again.

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