LITTLE ROCK — As expected, opponents of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Medicaid expansion plan made an unsuccessful last-ditch effort Tuesday to kill program.
Also Tuesday, the Senate honored a former member from Pine Bluff who recently died, and new bills were filed to appropriate money for online filing of campaign finance reports and educational expenses of prison inmates.
Veto override attempt
Hutchinson signed into law last week a bill containing a funding appropriation for Arkansas Works, the program the Legislature approved earlier this month to replace the hybrid Medicaid expansion program known as the private option. As part of a strategy to achieve the three-fourths majority vote needed to pass a budget bill, legislators approved Senate Bill 121 with a provision requiring Arkansas Works to end Dec. 31, and Hutchinson then vetoed the provision.
Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, who voted for the bill after the sunset provision was added but opposes Arkansas Works, moved Tuesday in the Senate for reconsideration of last week’s vote to approve the bill in light of the governor’s line-item veto. Passage of the motion would have cleared the way for a vote to override the veto, but the motion failed in a voice vote.