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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has voted to give the state Parole Board the discretion to deny parole for several felony offenses.

By a 30-1 vote, the Senate on Monday approved legislation that would make several offenses no longer eligible for mandatory parole and would leave it up to the board to decide whether to grant parole.

The offenses affected by the changes would include attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, making a terroristic threat, aggravated residential burglary and arson. The Arkansas Sentencing Commission projected that the increase in prison population would cost the state $3.4 million total between 2014 and 2024.

The bill by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock now heads to the House.

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