Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Water-bottle filling

- — Rachel Herzog

A bill to require public schools newly constructe­d or totally renovated on or after July 1 to include a certain number of water-bottle filling stations is headed to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Senate Bill 532 by Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock, passed in the House on a 83-5 vote, with one lawmaker voting present.

Co-sponsor Rep. Gary Deffenbaug­h, R-Van Buren, said the filling stations also have traditiona­l water fountain fixtures, so students who don’t have water bottles wouldn’t be without water.

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