Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.

The Senate approved the measures Tuesday as the Legislature planned to wrap up its special session in the early hours Wednesday. The House is considering identical legislation Tuesday.

The plan would prevent a 35 percent premium increase that thousands of public school employees would otherwise see this fall by removing part-time workers and some spouses from the program. The legislation would also transfer an expected $4.6 million in tax savings from the districts to the teacher insurance program.

Lawmakers planned to convene shortly after midnight Wednesday to give final approval to the measures.

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