The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at averting health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.
The Senate passed a key measure by a 34-0 vote on Friday. That measure calls for using $43 million in state surplus money this year. It heads to the House for a vote. The House also planned to vote on an identical bill on the surplus funds Friday.
Friday marked the second day of a special session called to address the teacher insurance premiums. Gov. Mike Beebe called the session after he was assured by legislative leaders there were enough votes to pass the measures.