Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are gathering at the state Capitol to begin a special session aimed at lowering insurance premium hikes expected to hit thousands of teachers next year.
The House and Senate are scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon for the start of the session called a day earlier by Gov. Mike Beebe. They're considering legislation that would increase funding for the teacher insurance program by using $43 million in surplus money this year and tapping other state funds in subsequent years.
The measures would reduce the premium increases to 10 percent.
Beebe called the session on Wednesday after legislative leaders said there was more than enough support to pass the insurance fixes in the House and Senate. Lawmakers are expected to work through Saturday.
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