House approves bill to raise speed limits

LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 93-0 Thursday to approve a bill to raise speed limits on Arkansas roads.

House Bill 2057 by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, would direct the state Highway Commission to raise the maximum speed limit on controlled-access highways from 70 mph to 75 mph.

In other locations, the maximum speed limit would go from 60 mph to 65 mph, although it would remain at 30 mph in urban districts.

The bill goes to the Senate.


Lawmakers honor former House speaker from Fort Smith

LITTLE ROCK — The Senate on Thursday concurred in a House resolution honoring a former House speaker and renaming a Fort Smith building in his honor.

House Concurrent Resolution 1009, which the House adopted last month, recognizes contributions to the state made by Bert Garrett Hendrix Jr., known as “B.G.” or Beagle,” who served for 34 years in the House before the Legislature adopted term limits.

Hendrix, who was at the Capitol to receive the honor Thursday, has also served as the first civil defense coordinator in Sebastian County, a Sebastian County justice of the peace, Sebastian County coroner, briefly as Sebastian County sheriff, attorney general and acting governor.

The resolution directs the state Department of Finance and Administration to rename the 616 Garrison Building in Fort Smith, which houses county government offices, in Hendrix’s honor.