WASHED GROUND GROUND, Arkansas (Reuters) – The dusty driveway that runs through the grassy patch of gravel where Arkansas’ governor, Mike Beebe, has a summer home is a place for the governor’s wife to have a drink.
But the dirt, soiled and wet with dirt and mud from the Arkansas floods, is also where a new law to clean up the area will go before Gov.
Beebe signs it into law.
The governor, a Republican, has been pushing for legislation to clear up the gravel roads that lead to his sprawling ranch outside of Little Rock.
“I think it’s just a great idea,” Beebe said in an interview.
The legislation would take effect on Wednesday, and Beebe says the legislation will provide a dry, dusty place to have some time and to go for a swim.
Under the bill, any contractor who wants to install a road that runs in the area would have to get approval from the state, which would then send a letter to the contractor requesting that they not install the road unless the contractor can prove that they are safe and in compliance with the state’s regulations.
That letter would also state the specific designations for the road.
The legislation also would give local governments the right to levy fines of up to $1,000 a day against contractors who violate the law.
But it would not give them the right of eminent domain, the power to take land from private owners, or the right for a developer to buy land from the government.
State Rep. John Carter, a Democrat from Little Rock, said in a statement that he was looking forward to working with Beebe on the legislation.
He said that the legislation was in the works for several months.
It is the first of its kind in the U.S. and is a great example of how private developers can make a profit by removing private property without first getting approval from local governments,” Carter said.
The governor’s office said the gravel road is for Beebe’s personal use and that it is the responsibility of the contractor to comply with the law and pay the fee.
The gravel road was built by contractors working on the state capital, but it is owned by the state and is owned jointly by the governor and the legislature.
The state has been working on a proposal to fix the dirt road since the floods hit the state in October.
The legislation will include new designations that would allow local governments to issue permits for contractors to install the gravel.
Beebe said he has spoken with a number of contractors who want to fix up the road, but he wants to see local governments and the public involved in the process.
He said the contractor who built the gravel could face a fine of up $1.5 million, which is $50,000 per day.