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New rule proposed for Arkansas Legislature

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LITTLE ROCK, Ar., (KNOE 8 News) - The Arkansas has moved into its second day today with  House Speaker Davy Carter proposing new rules for the 2013 legislative session that would require lawmakers to wait at least two days before taking a final vote on a bill.

Carter said that the longer waiting period would allow lawmakers to more completely review legislation and solicit more feedback from their constituents before voting.

House rules previously called for a 24-hour waiting period before committee-approved bills could be voted on by the full House.

A package of rules passed out of the House Rules Committee Tuesday and now heads to the full chamber.

The new rules would also loosen a restriction on the use of electronic devices in committee hearings and allow members to bring guests on the House floor for special occasions.

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