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Arkansas Lawmakers Discuss Teacher Insurance Issues

Arkansas lawmakers could be one step closer to tackling the state's looming teacher insurance crisis.
(KNWA) -- Arkansas lawmakers could be one step closer to tackling the state's looming teacher insurance crisis.

Gov. Mike Beebe held closed-door meetings to discuss the issue at his office at the Capitol on Tuesday.

The state needs $54 million to avoid a 50 percent insurance spike for public school workers by Jan. 1.

Tuesday's meeting lasted two and a half hours, but legislators say no compromise has been made just yet.

"I'm hopeful by the end of the week we will be in a position where we know exactly what we are looking at and what kind of member support is out there," State Rep. Davy Carter said.

"Lots of progress has been made," Beebe said. "But I'm not going to talk about specifics of that because they want to talk to their members before their members read it in the paper or on TV and that's fair."

Lawmakers are trying to find both a short-term and a long-term fix to the insurance crisis.
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