- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has again rejected legislation to require bills be reviewed for their racial impact.

The proposal by Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock failed before the Senate on a 17-3 vote, one vote shy of the 18 needed to pass the measure. Elliott’s bill would have required the impact statement to be prepared within 15 days of any bill filed that would create or change a misdemeanor or felony offense, change the penalty for an existing offense or change the state’s existing sentencing, parole or probation procedures.

Elliott has compared the proposal to the fiscal impact statements that are required for some bills. The bill also failed before the Senate on Monday.

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