Arkansas legislators are working to wrap up this year's session by Friday and they still have a variety of significant issues to address before they can go home.
Lawmakers have to decide whether to extend health insurance to 250,000 people through the Medicaid program, finalize the state's $4.9 billion budget and vote on $125 million in state financing for a proposed steel mill in Osceola.
Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter is pushing the House’s final vote for the “Private Option” model of Medicaid expansion back to Monday saying lawmakers are expressing support of the plan but they need the time to convince their constituents.
“When I have members that say, ‘will you please give me the opportunity to go back and talk to my constituents?’ It’s awfully hard to say no to,” Carter said.
Some House members indicated in speeches on the House floor Thursday that they would have to vote no Friday, but could vote yes by Monday.