The Senate today passed Sen. Bart Hester’s bill to strip local government of design control of housing developments. The vote was 23-11 with one not voting.
Sen. Keith Ingram, a former mayor, gave an impassioned speech in favor of home rule and against state government meddling. He noted an effort had been made to push the bill through committee without notice and that the Arkansas Municipal League was still attempting to find consensus on amendments.
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Proponents contended local regulations could price poor people out of cities. Sen. Alan Clark spoke for the
Sen. Joyce Elliott questioned Hester at some length,
Sen. Stephanie Flowers said it was important to mention that Hester was a