Arkansas Legislature formally adjourns 2019 session

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Arkansas lawmakers have formally adjourned this year’s session after giving final approval to legislation that would change the way Little Rock can try to change the city’s form of government.

The House and Senate on Wednesday adjourned the session that began in January. 

Lawmakers are set to meet again next year for a session focusing primarily on the state’s budget.

Before adjourning, the Senate voted 31-1 for a bill that would allow the Little Rock Board of Directors to ask voters to change from a city manager form of government to a mayor-council model. Previously, such a proposal could only be sought by petition.

The measure now goes to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The bills lawmakers approved this year include Hutchinson’s income tax cut proposal and a highway funding plan.

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