Beebe pledge shifts vote

Job-training boost turns senator, called 27th

Posted: February 19, 2014 at 5:02 a.m.

State Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock, said “a lot of folks are going to hate me” for switching her vote on the private option, but she said a funding boost for job training was “a game changer.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said Tuesday that the Senate has sufficient votes to authorize federal funding for the private option in fiscal 2015, after Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock, said she’ll vote for the measure after opposing it last year.

House votes down private option funding bill

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted down an appropriations bill for the private option Medicaid expansion program, but House Speaker Davy Carter says another vote will be scheduled Wednesday. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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State Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, (standing) talks with House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman after speaking in favor of continued funding for the expanded, private-option Medicaid plan. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, (front left) voted no, while Nate Bell, R-Mena, (front right) voted yes. State Reps. Butch Wilkins (back row), D-Bono, and Jody Dickinson, D-Newport, also backed the proposal.

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