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Friday, April 1, 2011

Session (mostly) over and done with

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Well the 2011 legislative session has come to an end. That is, except for redistricting. And for your viewing pleasure, here's a little round-up of what everyone had to say about it. The big takeaway: partisanship was a factor but not a debilitating one. Gov. Mike Beebe said partisan squabbling in the House was greater than he had expected. He also talks about the non-deal "deal" struck by legislators yesterday on the Insurance Department appropriation bill. Beebe's take: some Republican legislators who knew it was the right thing to do wouldn't vote for it because they couldn't explain it to the folks back home. They definitely didn't get any help from their own party, who painted a vote for funding the Insurance Department as a vote for "Obamacare."

On the jump, video from Robert Moore's press conference shortly after the House adjourned. He says he expects the general assembly to come to an agreement soon, and probably without the introduction of an entirely new plan.

Also, there's video from a Republican Caucus press conference this afternoon, in which Minority Leader John Burris touted his party's accomplishments. He gave kudos to Moore for handling competing interests and to his own party for getting more in tax cuts than Beebe was initially ready to give.

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