Governor signs resolution designating state dinosaur


LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed House Concurrent Resolution 1003 by Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, which designates Arkansaurus fridayi as the official state dinosaur of Arkansas.


The dinosaur was first discovered near Lockesburg in 1972 and was first studied at the University of Arkansas.


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Sex-offender bill goes to governor


LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 87-1 Friday to approve Senate Bill 32 by Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, which would ban a Level 3 or 4 sex offender from attending a school-sponsored event for which an admission fee is charged or tickets are sold, with some exceptions for a Level 3 offender.


The bill would allow a Level 3 sex offender to attend such a ticketed school event if he or she is the parent, guardian or close relative of a student at the school and gives written notice to the school’s administration at least 24 hours in advance of the event.


A violation of the prohibition would be a Class D felony punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


The bill goes to the governor.


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House votes to let home-schoolers into private-school activities


LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 77-6 Friday to approve House Bill 1481 by Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, which would allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic activities at private schools.


The bill does not require private schools to accept home-schooled students into interscholastic programs but allows them to do so if they choose. The bill goes to the Senate.


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House OKs bill to ban sex between parole officers, parolees


LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 87-0 Friday to approve House Bill 1453 by Rep. Joe Farrer, R-Austin, which would prohibit improper sexual contact between a probation or parole officer and a person being supervised on probation, parole or another form of court-ordered supervision.


An officer who violated the prohibition would be guilty of a Class Y felony punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. The bill goes to the Senate.