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Huckabee Likely to Issue Call for Special Session This Week

MARCH 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas House leaders say the votes are in line for passage of a plan to increase school funding.  Still undecided or in opposition are members of the Senate.  Governor Huckabee wants both houses to assure passage of a school funding measure before he calls the Legislature into a special session.

The proposals include nearly $139 million in additional money for schools.  Also proposed is another $130 million for school facilities.  The state Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature to bring funding for the state's 450,000 school children to constitutional standards.

Senate president pro tem Jim Argue, a Little Rock Democrat, says he is optimistic the Senate will have enough votes to pass the schools package.

Huckabee wants the special session to start April 3.  He could issue the call this week.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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