Despite Gridlock, Senate Votes to Remain in Session

April 15, 2003
Posted at: 5:20 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- The Senate has joined the House in voting in favor of a resolution to stay in session until the close of business Wednesday.

The votes came after Governor Huckabee and a group of lawmakers gathered this morning to call for the session to adjourn for lack of any progress on budget or education issues.

Huckabee said this morning that the Legislature is gridlocked and that members need a rest. Huckabee said he'd bring legislators back as many times as necessary to get the state budget figured out before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

Unresolved are the state's fiscal plan for the next two years and changes in a public education system that the state Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutionally poor. The two chambers have been divided over how to find funding for budget holes.

If no agreement materializes, the Legislature would adjourn with no new money for Medicaid and prisons.

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