LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 21, 2013) - The 89th General Assembly passed several measures during the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2013 to ensure public school employees will have access to a high-quality and low-cost insurance program.
One of the bills passed, HB1101 (Act 6) created the State and Public School and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force. The legislation requires the Speaker of the House to make 4 appointments to that task force.
On Monday, October 21, Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter appointed the following members:
Rep. George McGill (District 78-Fort Smith)
Rep. Harold Copenhaver (District 58-Jonesboro)
Rep. Bill Gossage (District 82-Ozark)
Rep. Allen Kerr (District 32-Little Rock)
"Rep. McGill, Rep. Copenhaver, and Rep. Kerr all have extensive experience in the insurance industry," said Speaker Carter. "Rep. Gossage brings to the task force his many years in public education and administration. I'm confident all those appointed will use their expertise to bring real solutions to the table by next year."
Act 6 also specifies that the Chair of the House Education Committee and the Chair of the House Committee on Insurance and Commerce will also serve on the task force.
During the 89th General Assembly, Rep. James McLean (District 63-Batesville) serves as Education Chair and Rep. Tommy Wren (District 62-Melbourne) serves as Chair of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.
By law, the task force must call its first meeting within 30 days.