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The sponsor of a voter-identification bill expects a legislative committee to consider it this week.

Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, said he expects the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee to consider House Bill 1047 on Wednesday. The bill would require voters to show a document or identification card to verify registration.

Acceptable documents include: driver's licenses, photo identification cards, concealed-handgun carry licenses, passports, employee badges, student identification cards, U.S. military identification documents, public-assistance identification cards and voter-verification cards.

The bill would resurrect the requirements of a voter-identification bill that was struck down by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014.

Lowery has said one of the court's key arguments against the bill was that it was not passed by a two-thirds supermajority. He said he hopes lawmakers meet that threshold this year.

-- Brian Fanney

A Section on 01/23/2017

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