Reporting from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
says Republican Rep. Nate Bell
told the Black Legislative Caucus that he'd try again on his bill to separate a commemoration of Robert E. Lee's
birthday from the Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday. Failing that, he said he'd co-sponsor a similar bill by Rep. Fred Love
, a Democrat.
Bell urged the caucus to help him muster support and to ensure that the next hearing didn't produce a roomful of opponents of the bill, as happened when it first came up and was defeated. He said he wanted to end racial divisiveness encouraged by the dual holiday.