Davy Carter (Photo: www.arkansashouse.org)
CABOT, Ark. (AP) - The incoming speaker of the Arkansas House says he wants lawmakers to have a greater say in the state's budget between the end of the regular session and the start of the fiscal session.
But new House Speaker Davy Carter says he doesn't know whether the Legislature can find middle ground on a proposal to expand Medicaid.
Carter, who's from Cabot, will be the first Republican House speaker in 138 years. He was elected speaker in November in a surprise challenge to fellow Republican Rep. Terry Rice of Waldron.
Carter said he believes House members have moved on from the contentious vote and are ready to focus on the Medicaid shortfall, a proposal to expand the program and competing ideas to cut state taxes.
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