Private-option vote is set aside

Speaker says taking up bill a day-to-day decision now

Posted: February 26, 2014 at 5:01 a.m.

Rep. Jonathan Barnett, R-Siloam Springs, talks with Rep. Karen Hopper, R-Mountain Home, on the House floor Tuesday. A proposal to restrict whom stretches of highways can be named for was defeated Tuesday, and opponents saw it as aimed at Barnett, whose name is on part of U.S. 412.

For the first time in a week, the Arkansas House of Representatives met without voting on a funding bill for the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion — and House leadership said Tuesday that they don’t know when the next vote will happen.

Carter: Voting on private option "game-time decision"

Rep. Davy Carter, Speaker of the House, said that the Arkansas House of Representatives has "moved on" for the time being from the private option healthcare bill. He added that it will be a daily "game-time decision" on whether the House votes or not. (By David Harten)
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