Arkansas State Senate approves law enforcement stipend

By Region 8 Newsdesk

A bill that would provide stipends for law enforcement officers in the Natural State sailed through the State Senate Wednesday.

The Arkansas State Senate voted 33-0 to approve SB103, sponsored by House Speaker Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) and Senate President Pro Tempore Jimmy Hickey Jr. (R-Texarkana).

The bill would set aside $50 million in funding to provide the stipends to officers eligible under the program. Under the bill, the stipend would be given to state troopers, deputies, police officers, and others.

The bill had originally set aside $100 million for the program but was amended in committee earlier this week.

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