Several pieces of legislation regarding the military justice system for the Arkansas National Guard advanced this morning. The House Committee for Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs voted in favor of four bills that would only impact legal proceedings for the National Guard. One of the pieces of legislation extends the statute of limitations for a court martial from 3 years to 5 years. Another bill increases contempt of court fines.
Legislation advancing also addresses who may issue subpoenas for military justice. And one bill makes it a crime to pretend to be a member of the Armed Forces or National Guard.
Also heading to the House floor is a resolution to designate the Arkansaurus fridayi as the official state dinosaur.
The Arkansaurus fridayi was discovered in a gravel pit near the community of Lockesburg, Arkansas, in August 1973 by Joe B. Friday and studied by Professor James Harrison Quinn of the University of Arkansas. Nine other states have an official state dinosaur
A House committee unanimously approved the resolution today.
The House will reconvene on Thursday at 1:30.