Batesville Legislator Says June Would Be a Better Time for Special Session

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.

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