- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has rejected a bill aimed at addressing a $2 million shortfall in a program that grants money to Arkansas crime victims to pay for funeral expenses, medical care and other needs.

The Senate voted 17-12 against the bill that would have required the Crime Victims Reparations Program be among the initiatives that are funded first by the Administration of Justice Fund. The AOJ fund is financed by court costs, fees imposed to file lawsuits, fees on drug violations and fees for a variety of traffic violations such as drunken driving.

Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warned in December that state and federal funding levels would be insufficient to pay claims awarded.

Opponents of the bill said the move would threaten money for the state’s law schools.

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