Arkansas Lawmakers Told Special Session Set For Next Week

Jun 23, 2014

House and Senate leaders have told lawmakers they'll convene next week for a special legislative session addressing teacher insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office said late Monday afternoon that it didn't have any official word whether he'd call a special session, but House and Senate members say they were told it would begin June 30 and run through July 2.

Beebe told reporters earlier Monday that chances are "pretty good" he'll call a special session to address those issues.

Legislative leaders say changes are needed to prevent a 35 percent premium increase for thousands of teachers and public school employees.

House Speaker Davy Carter said lawmakers were still being polled on whether the session should include an effort to prevent the state lottery from adding monitor games.