Private Option Funding Fails Second Vote in House - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Private Option Funding Fails Second Vote in House

Posted: Updated:

 

Another day, another vote, another failure to pass the Private Option. In fact, there were fewer 'yes' votes Wednesday, 68, than there were yesterday, 70. That's mostly due to the fact that four representatives chose not to vote and one voted present. The Private Option did pick up one vote from Rep. Fred Smith (G) who didn't vote on Tuesday. 

Representative Bob Ballinger spoke in opposition to the bill. He has proposed an amendment that some say would in effect end the Private Option because the waiver it requests from the federal government would likely be denied. Ballinger said that he believed Speaker Davy Carter would negotiate if presented with a good option. Speaker Carter disagreed with Ballinger's assessment.   

"Respectfully, the negotiations are over, and I meant what I said. I don't know to be any more clear than that. We're not going to pass substantive laws with a minority of the membership. That's not how this works. That's not how this has ever worked. And, its not how it's going to work in the future," said Carter.

Even after those words from Carter, Ballinger said he still has faith that Carter will go back to the negotiating table. He also said some Democrats have indicated they would be willing to talk as well.

That's in direct contradiction to Minority Leader Greg Leding's take on the current situation.

"Our caucus feels like it has gone above and beyond as far as compromising on the condition that it would get the job done, and clearly we're not there yet. So, now we're considering our options and looking at some appropriations that we might hold up for a while," said Leding.

Tuesday, Democrats held up the one appropriation bill in Joint Budget Committee which designated money for the Secretary of State's Office. Leding said Democrats are considering other bills, as well. In particular, he is eyeing the controversial Voter ID law that passed last year. 

Leding also said if the amendment sponsored by Nate Bell did not garner more Republican votes as he was led to believe it would, he and other Democrats would not support the amendments.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 20 year old Stuttgart man shot while walking his dog dies

    20 year old Stuttgart man shot while walking his dog dies

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:50:30 GMT
    UPDATE: 20 year old Daniel Ruffin passed away Wednesday night. STUTTGART (KATV) - Community members held a prayer vigil for Daniel Ruffin after he was shot in the chest on Tuesday night. Ruffin was walking his dog in front of his home on South Maple street just after 5 pm when he was shot. Neighbors At Wednesday's vigil Ruffin's family was warmly consoled and encouraged by neighbors.More >>
    UPDATE: 20 year old Daniel Ruffin passed away Wednesday night. STUTTGART (KATV) - Community members held a prayer vigil for Daniel Ruffin after he was shot in the chest on Tuesday night. Ruffin was walking his dog in front of his home on South Maple street just after 5 pm when he was shot. Neighbors At Wednesday's vigil Ruffin's family was warmly consoled and encouraged by neighbors. More >>
  • Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

    Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:48:11 GMT
    The lockdown at Little Rock Air Force Base has been lifted.More >>
    The lockdown at Little Rock Air Force Base has been lifted.More >>
  • FOLLOW-UP: Coroner says "pure speculation" if son would have been saved

    FOLLOW-UP: Coroner says "pure speculation" if son would have been saved

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:51:41 GMT
    CONWAY (KATV) – The Faulkner County Coroner said it was a lethal combination of a multitude of drugs that ultimately killed 20 year-old Joshua Ashley-Pauley – the son of the man holding a sign public shaming his son’s friends who he believes did nothing to help save his son. More >>
    CONWAY (KATV) – The Faulkner County Coroner said it was a lethal combination of a multitude of drugs that ultimately killed 20 year-old Joshua Ashley-Pauley – the son of the man holding a sign public shaming his son’s friends who he believes did nothing to help save his son. More >>