Lawmakers Expect to Wrap Up Session Today

APRIL 13, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - If legislative leaders' plans turn out as expected, today will be the final day of the 85th General Assembly.

Yesterday, the Senate sent a 10-year plan to overhaul public school buildings to the governor, and the House sent legislation for a new school-funding formula to the Senate for final action.  Lawmakers in both chambers worked to clear long calendars of remaining bills, including scores of state agency budgets, with an eye to ending the regular session today after 94 days.

Senate Leader Jim Argue of Little Rock said he didn't know of any reason to keep lawmakers from shutting down.

The plan is that, at the end of business today, the Legislature will go into recess until May 13.  That will allow time for legislative staff members to review the business of the regular session.  If necessary, legislators could reconvene to consider technical corrections or vetoes before formally adjourning the 85th General Assembly.

Argue said the Legislature had fulfilled the major goals in sight when the session convened January 10, dealing with the state's needs and passing a responsible budget without raising taxes.

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