Arkansas Legislature Wraps Up 100-day Session

Apr 23, 2013

The Arkansas Legislature has wrapped up its regular session after giving final approval to a bill detailing the state's $4.9 billion budget.  

The House approved the Revenue Stabilization Act on a 77-15 vote Tuesday. The Senate approved the measure on a 28-6 vote.  

Both chambers gaveled out after approving the bill with plans to reconvene the session May 17 for a formal adjournment.  

The Revenue Stabilization Act sets the state's spending priorities based on expected revenues.  

The votes mark the end of the 100-day session, with Republicans in control of the House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

Lawmakers during the session approved legislation allowing the state to use federal Medicaid money to  purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.