Lawmakers Call 90-Day Recess from Special Session

MARCH 4, 2004 - Posted at 1:51 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The House and Senate each met briefly at the Capitol today, and then decided to call a 90-day recess.  So, the special session that began December 8 remains alive, if not active.

The upper and lower chambers met today to tie up some loose ends from when they recessed about a month ago.

The Senate today overrode a veto by Governor Huckabee of a bill that creates a commission to coordinate education from preschool through the end of high school.

Also, the Senate passed a bill that would allow payroll deductions for dues from non-teachers who are classified employees.  The upper chamber also concurred with a House amendment to a bill covering transfers under an addition to Arkansas' School Choice law.

Legislators decided to extend the session so it can address any mandates from the Supreme Court regarding improvements to public education.

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