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Ark. Senate panel takes up voter ID bill dispute

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state Senate committee will review whether lawmakers properly approved legislation to require that Arkansas voters show a photo identification before casting a ballot.

The Senate Rules, Resolutions and Memorials Committee is to meet Tuesday to discuss complaints that the bill needs a two-thirds majority to be approved. Opponents of the bill say the state constitution requires a two-thirds vote because it would affect voter registration requirements.

The Senate delayed voting on the bill Monday because of the complaints. Similar objections were rejected in the House last week.

The committee's ruling is non-binding so the Senate could reject any decision that the measure requires a two-thirds vote.

Gov. Mike Beebe has questioned the need for a voter ID law, but hasn't said what he'll do if it reaches his desk.

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