LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas House has passed a redistricting bill to move Fayetteville from the Third to the Fourth Congressional District, which has customarily covered south Arkansas.
The bill by Democratic Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell passed Thursday on a 52-46 vote despite pleas from Fayetteville legislators not to cut the city out of the Third District. Democratic Rep. Eddie Cheatham of Crossett argued that the political sentiments of people in the current Fourth District are more in line with people in Fayetteville than are cities in the northwest around Fayetteville.
Opponents argued that the bill went against the will of Fayetteville voters, where the Chamber of Commerce and other groups opposed the bill.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected an identical bill earlier Thursday.
The House and the Senate convened for the 88th General Assembly this year.
You can watch everything that happens in the House of Representatives on their live stream from the Capitol. Arkansas' House shelled out more than $375,000 to equip four committee rooms with cameras and hardware.
You can also keep up with everything in the Arkansas Senate with their website.
Also, on the 88th General Assembly website, you can keep track of all the bills filed and proposed and find a list of all your Arkansas legislators.
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