This made me laugh. The Arkansas state House passed a bill declaring how to spell the possessive form of Arkansas.
Everyone, third grade on, knows that, to make a noun possessive, you add 's - unless the word ends in s, in which case you just add an apostrophe. For example, "The listener's ears were attentive to Jesus' words." Easy, no?
Well, Arkansas disagrees.
According to this bill, when we are discussing the schools of Arkansas, the state house of Arkansas, or anything else belonging to Arkansas, the proper possessive form is "Arkansas's schools" or "Arkansas's state house." That's right, an 's after a word ending in s. It's making English teachers roll over in their graves.
Though, I do have to say, I can see the argument for it. Although Arkansas ends in an s, it does not end in an s-sound, potentially justifying the 's ending. We say "an hour" although hour doesn't start with a vowel, but does start with a vowel sound. If this Arkansas situation fall under the same "sounds-like" rules, I can see where they're coming from.