Arkansas legislative leaders said last week that they support a measure authorizing $125 million of state general obligation bonds to subsidize a steel mill project.

Senate Bill 820, introduced by Sen. David Burnett, D-Osceola, and Rep. Monte Hodges D-Blytheville, would authorize the sale of the bonds once Big River Steel LLC had invested $500 million into the project and hired 300 people for operations and management.

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