LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Legislature has convened for a fiscal session focusing on a proposed $4.7 billion budget that calls for increasing spending on Medicaid and public schools.
Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol Monday for a fiscal session, the second under an amendment approved in 2008 requiring lawmakers to meet and budget annually.
Gov. Mike Beebe has called for increasing funding for the state's Medicaid program by $114 million and for public schools by $56 million. Beebe planned to address a joint session of the House and Senate Monday afternoon.
Only a handful of non-budget items have been proposed, including a repeal of a tax break for truckers set to take effect in July. It takes a two-thirds vote from both chambers for non-budget bills to even be considered.
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