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Governor Praises Work of Legislators

APRIL 6, 2005 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Praise for the state Legislature on its work to improve Arkansas schools from Governor Huckabee.

Speaking on the Arkansas Educational Television Network program last night Huckabee said he commends the Legislature.  Huckabee said the legislators' choice to spend $35 million on teacher health-insurance premiums was a wise and proper decision.

The governor also said it was absurd to suggest that the Legislature was ignoring the state Supreme Court's instruction to base school funding on need rather than availability of funds.

A Republican, Huckabee said he has also enjoyed working with House Speaker Bill Stovall of Quitman and Senate president pro tem Jim Argue of Little Rock, both Democrats.  The governor characterized his relationship with legislators this session as the best he's ever had.

This regular session is Huckabee's last.  He came into office in 1996 and cannot seek re-election next year because of term limits.  Legislators hope to end the session Friday.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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