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Arkansas: Floor Sessions Conclude
April 04, 2017

Lawmakers completed the bulk of the 2017 regular session workload on Monday, sending Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) a $5.5 billion state budget that increases state funding by $163 million, with much of it dedicated to the Department of Human Services. Legislators also approved increased funding for public schools, prisons, early childhood education, and mental health crisis centers, as well as an income tax cut for low-income residents.

As the sessions concluded, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on an online sales tax and a “bathroom bill” measure. Governor Hutchinson has indicated that he is likely to call a special session, after the legislature formally adjourns the regular session in early May (date to be determined), to consider Medicaid expansion and other potential subjects.

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