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Beebe Signs Bills From Special Session Into Law

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has signed all of the legislation from this week’s special session into law, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Beebe signed matching House and Senate bills that make cost-saving changes to the state public school employees’ health insurance system; bar the state lottery from adding fast-paced monitor games before March 13, 2015; and free up about $6.3 million from the state Central Services Fund to fund up to 604 prison beds.

The governor called the special session last week, after legislative leaders assured him there was a consensus in both chambers to support the measures. The Legislature convened Monday and adjourned the session in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Legislators have said they expect all three of the issues addressed in the special session to come up again in next year’s regular session.

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