UPDATE: Ark. House panel advances voter ID bill
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A House panel has advanced legislation requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 13-6 on Wednesday to advance the voter ID bill proposed by Republican Sen. Bryan King. The panel last week delayed a vote on the measure so that a fiscal impact study could be performed.
The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
King's proposal would only take effect when there's funding for the state to provide IDs free of charge to voters who don't have driver's licenses. It would also exempt voters who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Arkansas law currently requires poll workers to ask for identification, but voters aren't required to show it.
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