Fiscal session rolls; biggie is private option

Posted: February 11, 2014 at 2:59 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND --02/10/14-- Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives stand and cover their hearts as the Colors are brought in by the Arkansas State Police Honor Guard at the start of the fiscal session at the state Capitol in Little Rock Monday.

The Arkansas Legislature launched its third-ever fiscal session Monday amid uncertainty about the future of the state’s fledgling program using federal funds to purchase private health insurance for poor Arkansans.

Carter: Private-option funding will pass

The fiscal session opened Monday with the focus immediately turning to whether an appropriations bill for the private option will pass. In a news conference after the session got under way, House Speaker Davy Carter said the measure would pass. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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