Senate OKs bill to create digital driver’s licenses

LITTLE ROCK — The Senate voted 33-0 Monday to approve a bill that would allow a person with a valid driver’s license to pay a $10 fee to receive a digital copy of the license that could be displayed on a computer or mobile device.

Senate Bill 428 by Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, goes to the House.


House OKs banning release of recordings of officers’ deaths

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 94-0 Monday to approve a bill that would make video or audio depicting the death of a police officer in the line of duty exempt from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

House Bill 1236 by Rep. Jimmy Gazaway R-Paragould, goes to the Senate.


Voter ID bill stalls in Senate

LITTLE ROCK — A bill to require voters to show photo identification at the polls failed in the Senate on Monday.

House Bill 1047 by Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, failed in a 20-8 vote after passing previously in the House. Because it would amend a voter-approved constitutional amendment on voter registration, it needs a two-thirds vote, or 24 votes in the 35-member Senate, to pass.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, who presented the bill in the Senate, said the bill has enough supporters in the Senate to pass, but some were not in the chamber when the vote was taken. He said he will seek a second vote on the measure.


Senate OKs bill to require civics test in high school

LITTLE ROCK — The Senate voted 31-2 Monday to approve a bill to require high school students to pass, as a requirement for graduation, the civic portion of the test given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.

House Bill 1539 by Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, passed previously in the House and now goes back to that chamber for concurrence in a House amendment.