Arkansas lawmakers have rejected awarding $1 million to the family of a 9-year-old killed when an unanchored soccer goal fell on him two years ago.
The Joint Budget Committee on failed to advance the award for the family of Jonathan Nelson. A claims subcommittee had recommended the award.
The proposal received 23 votes but needed at least 29 from the 56-member budge panel.
The Department of Finance and Administration opposed the claim, citing the impact it would have on the state’s budget.
Jonathan was a fourth-grader at Elm Tree Elementary School in Bentonville when he was killed by the falling soccer goal. His family filed a claim against the Department of Human Services, which licensed an after-school program that operated at the elementary school.
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