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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Senate panel is recommending that legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls needs a two-thirds majority before it can be approved.

    Republican Sen. Bryan King, the bill's sponsor, says he'll ask the Senate to give the voter ID bill final approval Tuesday afternoon.

    The Senate Rules, Resolutions and Memorials Committee voted 8-6 Tuesday to recommend that the voter ID bill requiring a higher threshold of votes, based on arguments that it amends constitutional requirements on voter registration.

    The panel's recommend is nonbinding so the Senate can move forward and pass the measure with a simple majority.

    A House committee rejected similar arguments last week and the measure passed the House on a simple majority.

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