Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Senate panel is considering a proposal to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution more than three decades after the deadline to pass the amendment.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday was expected to consider a resolution to ratify the amendment, which states that equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged because of one's sex.
Arkansas was one of 15 states that had not passed the amendment when the deadline passed in 1982. But supporters say they believe it could still be added to the Constitution if more states ratify it.
Similar resolutions have failed before legislative panels in 2007 and 2009, after facing opposition from conservative groups.
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