AR Lawmaker Pushes Legislation to Regulate Light Pollution

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – When’s the last time you went outside at night, looked up, and saw a sky full of stars?

One Arkansas lawmaker told his colleagues there’s no where in the Natural State to find a natural dark sky.

Rep. Stephen Meeks has pushed legislation since 2011 to regulate light pollution. 

His bill for the 2019 session requires state government to be more efficient with its streetlight use. 

Meeks says Arkansas wastes about $50 million a year on bad lighting. 

“Getting people knowledgeable about the issue has been the first challenge so hopefully the fourth time will be the charm,” says Rep. Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier).

Meeks says light pollution affects our health, animals, trees, even tourism. 

The Buffalo River is working to become the state’s first dark-sky accredited park. 

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