Arkansas lawmakers to begin 2019 legislative session

Arkansas lawmakers to begin 2019 legislative session
pic of Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, AR (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are kicking off a legislative session that's expected to focus on the governor's proposed income tax cut and an effort to find more funding for highways.

The House and Senate are set to convene at noon on Monday for the 2019 regular legislative session. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be sworn in to his second term on Tuesday.

The session is expected to focus on Hutchinson's income tax cut plan, and on Hutchinson's proposal to reorganize state agencies.

Hutchinson and legislative leaders have also said a priority is closing the funding gap for Arkansas highways, though no plan has emerged yet. Lawmakers are also expected to take up ethics proposals in response to ongoing corruption probes involving former legislators.