Ark. legislators gauging support on insurance fix

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Legislative leaders say they don't know yet if there's enough support to pass a package of bills aimed at lowering insurance rate hikes for thousands of Arkansas teachers.

The chairmen of the House and Senate Education committees on Tuesday said they're still counting votes to see if the bills could pass. Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call a special session unless there's support to pass the bills.

The proposals call for using $43 million from the state surplus this year and redirecting state money in subsequent years to reduce the premium hikes to 10 percent. It also calls for structural changes to the insurance program.

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