Arkansas Lawmakers: Action Needed on Teacher Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 2:53 pm  

"That's a car payment, that's part of a house payment, that's groceries that I could use that money for," Bateman said. "But it goes toward that now, so I have to do without something else."

Sen. Johnny Key, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said lawmakers will likely have several more hearings to come up with a plan on how to address the insurance hike.

"Any idea is on the table," Key, R-Mountain Home, said. "I don't think anyone is ruling anything out, whether it be restructuring the plans or giving the districts the opportunity to go shop for their own. There's no consensus at this point on what the solution might be."

Rep. James McLean, chairman of the House Education Committee, said he thinks it'll take a combination of structural changes and additional funding. McLean said he wants the issue addressed either in a special session or next year's fiscal session.

"There's no more road to kick the can down. We're already there," McLean, D-Batesville, said. "It's time to take action now."

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