Legislature checks off 3 priority issues

Leaders’ chasm early on narrows as session wanes

Posted: April 28, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.

Arkansas House Speaker Rep. Davy Carter, R-Cabot, attends a bill signing ceremony at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

In the longest session in 82 years and the first led by Republicans in more than a century, members of the 89th General Assembly went home last week after passing bills to provide health insurance for more than 250,000 poor Arkansans, cut taxes projected to reduce state general revenue by $235.6 million over the next three fiscal years and allow $125 million in state-backed bonds for a $1.1 billion steel mill.

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