Insurance Department bill defeated again | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Insurance Department bill defeated again

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Drama in the House this afternoon on blockage of the Insurance Department appropriation, HB 1226, by a Republican minority. The Republican minority has been blocking the bill, which requires 75 votes, because it contains a federal grant to establish health insurance exchanges under the federal health care law. A Republican effort to defeat that planning already had failed in committee. It hasn't reached a vote in the House, but requires only a majority vote.

Republican Rep. John Burris asked for an opportunity to open the bill to amendment to deal with objections on "principle" to a portion of the bill. He wanted an opportunity to again debate the federal health care money in the bill and perhaps make it a separate vote (where the minority could assuredly kill it). Democrats have said killing the bill as written would not only put the Insurance Department out of work, it would cripple the state budget from lost insurance tax revenue and potentially shut down insurance companies in the state. Burris' motion failed 45-51.

Burris argued that the intent was not to shut down the Insurance Department, but to object to the federal planning money. Whatever. The result of the minority blocking vote will be to shut down the department, cripple revenue and end insurance regulation in Arkansas. He asked for appreciation of the "difficult position" he and others were in. He also said he and others "recognize at a certain point this has to pass."

Rep. Barry Hyde noted that the concern about the bill didn't come up in the Joint Budget Committee where the bill was approved. "I haven't seen you in budget committee with those questions," Hyde said.

Rep. Kathy Webb said the issue was debated in Joint Budget and the bill was passed on a roll call vote. She said it was a critical issue, with $100 million from the Insurance Department going to state operations and pensions and thousands of people employed in the insurance industry.

The bill failed 70-23, which meant a number of Republicans supported passage. It will return. Burris voted for passage. Roll call will be here eventually.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Circuit court charge filed against Ten Commandments monument destroyer

    The Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office filed a direct charge in circuit court today against Michael Tate Reed, who's been held in the county jail since he was arrested June 28 after driving over and demolishing the day-old Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds.
    • Jul 24, 2017
  • Whatever secret bill Senate considers, winners and losers are the same

    The U.S. Senate seems likely to vote Tuesday on a secret health bill. Whatever version is rolled out — and if Sen. John McCain's doctor approves a fly-in so he may vote — the outcome is the same. Bad for working poor and previously sick; good for rich people.
    • Jul 24, 2017
  • Two shot in home on W. 19th

    KARK reports that a 19-year-old woman and 20-year-old man were found with gunshot wounds when police responded to a house in the 4200 block of W. 19th.
    • Jul 24, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation