(excerpt from) Arkansas News
Panel again rejects bill to require inclusive debates
By John Lyon /Posted March 23, 2009
LITTLE ROCK — For the second time, the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs voted down a bill today aimed at heightening the profile of third-party and independent political candidates.
HB 1863 by Rep. Richard Carroll of North Little Rock, the Legislature’s first Green Party member, failed in a party-line vote, with seven Republican committee members voting for the bill and five Democratic members voting against it. The measure needed 11 votes for the 20-member panel’s endorsement.
Under the bill, no candidate who has been certified for the ballot could be excluded from a publicly funded debate or a debate held at a publicly funded facility such as a university…
Rod Bryan, who ran as an independent candidate for governor in 2006, testified for the bill. Bryan said he was excluded from debates at Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas and the Clinton School of Public Service…
No one spoke against the bill.
A story about the last time this bill was voted down is: here.