Legislative Roundup: Gun, Abortion Issues Dominate Session

by Mark Carter  on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 12:00 am  

Mark Biviano

Gov. Mike Beebe and Education Department officials oppose it, but last week a prominent former governor endorsed the measure during a charter school rally in Little Rock. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the state Capitol and urged Arkansas lawmakers to expand educational opportunities and change the way the state approves charters.

Medicaid

Also last week, the state lowered its Medicaid shortfall projection to $61 million, down from a previous expectation of $138 million. The latest projection is dependant on the Legislature’s approval of $90 million in general revenue funding and $140 million from the state surplus.

Medicaid is expected to be the hallmark issue of this legislative session as Beebe and lawmakers decide how to handle Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Check out all of Arkansas Business’ legislative coverage at ArkansasBusiness.com/89th-General-Assembly

(Compiled from Associated Press reports)

 

 

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