Will work across the aisle, Republican leaders in Legislature say

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) Sen. Michael Lamoureux and Rep. Davy Carter say they understand the historical positions they are in as leaders of the first Republican-led state Legislature since the end of the Civil War.

They also say they're willing to work across the aisle during the upcoming regular session to improve Arkansas' economy and address a looming Medicaid shortfall.

"We're in unique times," Carter, a banker and lawyer from Capot, said last week after being elected House speaker for the 89th General Assembly. "We've got national politics and a contentious presidential race, and we have a 51-49 party split in the House. Humbly, I think I can fit that role to have relationships with members in both parties."

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