LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have recessed their first-ever fiscal session, capping off two week's worth of work in which they approved the state's spending plan and set lottery scholarship amounts for students this fall.
The House and Senate each recessed shortly after 11 on Thursday morning. Both chambers gave final approval to $5,000 lottery scholarships for four-year students and $2,500 scholarships for two-year students.
The Legislature also passed the state's $4.5 billion spending plan, which would restore most of the $206 million in budget cuts the state has made in the past year.
The chambers planned to reconvene March 4 for formal adjournment and to consider overriding any vetoes Gov. Mike Beebe may issue.