UPDATED: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are going to have a long night at the state Capitol as part of a special legislative session called to address health insurance for teachers.

The House and Senate on Friday recessed until 12:01 a.m. Saturday so legislators can give final approval to proposals aimed at reducing insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.

Both chambers have passed legislation that calls for using $43 million in state surplus money and redirecting state funds in future years to lower teachers' insurance premiums.

Lawmakers are expected to give final approval to the measures overnight.

Legislators are coming back on Saturday because special sessions have to last at least three days. The special session began on Thursday.

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Arkansas lawmakers have approved legislation aimed at averting health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.

The House and Senate on Friday passed identical but separate bills that call for using $43 million in state surplus money this year. Those proposals will head to the opposite chambers for final votes.

The House on Friday also approved a series of long-term changes to the insurance program that supporters say are needed to keep it sustainable and avoid future efforts to boost funding.

Friday marked the second day of a special session called to address the teacher insurance premiums. Gov. Mike Beebe called the session after he was assured by legislative leaders there were enough votes to pass the measures.

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The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at averting health insurance rate increases of up to 50 percent that are otherwise set to hit thousands of teachers next year.

The Senate passed a key measure by a 34-0 vote on Friday. That measure calls for using $43 million in state surplus money this year. It heads to the House for a vote. The House also planned to vote on an identical bill on the surplus funds Friday.

Friday marked the second day of a special session called to address the teacher insurance premiums. Gov. Mike Beebe called the session after he was assured by legislative leaders there were enough votes to pass the measures.