UPDATE: Ark. Senate panel rejects Equal Rights Amendment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A panel at the Arkansas Senate has rejected a proposal that would have had Arkansas ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - more than three decades after the amendment's deadline.

The GOP-controlled State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected the proposal Tuesday on a voice vote. The amendment says the equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged because of 1's sex.

Arkansas was 1 of 15 states that had not passed the amendment when the deadline passed in 1982, but supporters say they believe it could still be added to the Constitution if more states ratify it.

Similar resolutions failed before legislative panels in 2007 and 2009, after facing opposition from conservative groups.

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