- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A bill intended to shield Arkansas businesses from federal penalties if their operations don’t fully comply with the nation’s health care law has been postponed by a House committee.

The bill by Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman would grant a state tax credit to the businesses. Democratic Rep. James McLean asked the committee to table the plan - saying he doesn’t think it belongs in the fiscal session of the Legislature.

McLean said the session is strict in what lawmakers may consider and that legislators should stick to financial issues and not get off track.

Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in which lawmakers meet in even-numbered years in the fiscal session to determine the state’s budget. This is the third such session since the amendment was approved.

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