MARCH 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Senate leader says June would be a better time for a special session on school funding, rather than the early April date the governor has suggested.
Senator Jack Critcher (D-Batesville), who becomes the Senate president pro-tem in 2007, says June is a more realistic time for lawmakers to discuss a proposed $139 million increase in funding for Arkansas' 251 school districts. Critcher says anything earlier would result in a long drawn-out session.
Governor Huckabee and legislative leaders have been pushing for a weeklong special session starting April 3. Huckabee says he hopes to issue the call for a special session by the end of the week if it seems legislators have reached a general agreement. But Senate president pro tem Jim Argue said yesterday the Senate was still short of the votes needed to support the education proposals.