Ark. Senate OKs proposal to ban sky lantern sales

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would ban the sale and use of sky lanterns in the state.{}{} {}The Senate voted 25-10 Monday and passed the bill that would prohibit the sale and use of unmanned free-floating devices designed to contain an open flame known as sky lanterns.{}{} {}Democratic Sen. Robert Thompson of Paragould sponsored the bill. Thompson called the devices a fire hazard.{}{} {}The House approved the measure on a 54-26 vote earlier this month.{}{} {}The bill now heads back to the House for lawmakers to concur in an amendment before it goes to the governor.{}{} {}If the bill becomes law, it would become effective on Jan. 1, 2014.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)