Special Session Called in Arkansas over Teacher Insurance

Arkansas State legislators will have a special session to address the impending teacher insurance crisis.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas lawmakers will have a special session to address the looming teacher insurance crisis.

Governor Mike Beebe will call the special session beginning Thursday at 3 p.m., and is scheduled to last three days through Saturday.

Beebe told reporters Wednesday that the Senate now has joined the House with the support needed to pass an appropriation providing additional funding to the teacher insurance plan.

The additional estimated $43 million in funding for 2014 will help prevent 48 percent premium increases for public school employees.

Beebe said the Senate now has 29 votes in support, two more than necessary for the required 75 percent.

He added the House maintains 77 of 100 members supporting the plan.
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