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Arkansas House Speaker Assembles Health Insurance Task Force

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is already acting on bills passed in last week's special session to address the teacher insurance crisis.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is already acting on bills passed in last week's special session to address the teacher insurance crisis.

On Monday, Carter assembled the State and Public School and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force, as outlined in House Bill 1101, which was passed during the special session.

The bill created the Task Force, and requires the Speaker of the House to make four appointments to fill its seats.

Carter appointed the following members on Monday:
Rep. George McGill (District 78-Fort Smith)
Rep. Harold Copenhaver (District 58-Jonesboro)
Rep. Bill Gossage (District 82-Ozark)
Rep. Allen Kerr (District 32-Little Rock)
“Rep. McGill, Rep. Copenhaver, and Rep. Kerr all have extensive experience in the insurance industry,” Carter said in a news release. “Rep. Gossage brings to the task force his many years in public education and administration. I’m confident all those appointed will use their expertise to bring real solutions to the table by next year.”

Act 6 also specifies that the Chair of the House Education Committee and the Chair of the House Committee on Insurance and Commerce will also serve on the task force.

During the 89th General Assembly, Rep. James McLean (District 63-Batesville) serves as Education Chair and Rep. Tommy Wren (District 62-Melbourne) serves as Chair of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.

According to state officials, the task force must call its first meeting within 30 days as required by law.
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