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.


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.


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.


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.