LITTLE ROCK, AR - FOX16 News has learned that there are now enough votes to pass the Private Option health insurance initiative.
State Sen. Jane English confirmed this morning that she will vote yes on the measure.
Further details of the initiative are expected to be released later this morning at the special session of the legislature.More from our content partner TalkBusiness:
A slice of drama was cut from the State Capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.
State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) got something in return, however. English, a long-time advocate for restructuring workforce education and training in Arkansas, said she has received support from fellow lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe to fundamentally alter programs tied to workforce investment.
“Yes, I am switching,” English tells Talk Business. “And I have the undying support of Governor and the cabinet to make something happen [in jobs training], to make changes. There isn’t a single cabinet person who isn’t on board with this.”