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Arkansas lawmakers eye teacher insurance fixes

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 17, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas House and Senate leaders are counting votes for two bills aimed at addressing looming insurance increases for public school employees as they see whether there's enough support for a special session on the issue.

The top officials from a task force formed to address overhauling the teacher insurance program began circulating the proposals to lawmakers on Tuesday and said they hoped to know in the next couple days whether there's enough support to pass them. Gov. Mike Beebe's office said he's satisfied with the legislation, but needs to see that there's enough support to pass them before he'll call a special session.

The bills include proposals to exclude part-time employees from plans and excluding spouses from coverage if they can receive insurance from their own work.

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