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Mon February 17, 2014
Arkansas Lawmakers Float Non-Budget Bills In Session
Arkansas legislators convene in Little Rock every two years to address the state's finances during a fiscal session approved by voters in 2010 - and every two years lawmakers propose non-budget measures that generally would be reserved for a general session.
Legislators say they don't want to wait to debate issues that would affect Arkansans now, even if it means disrupting the regular agenda.
Proposals about wild hogs, guns in schools, education and the vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office have been submitted for consideration in the session that began last week. Only a bill to call off a special election for lieutenant governor is showing significant progress.
The first fiscal session was in 2010 after voters approved a constitutional amendment enabling the House and Senate meet in even-numbered years.