Arkansas Legislature adjourns fiscal session

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas legislators have adjourned the fiscal session.

    State lawmakers passed a $4.7 billion budget, but failed to get non-budget items off the ground during their three-week session that adjourned Friday.

    Arkansas' second-ever fiscal session was intended to focus primarily on the state's budget, but legislators scrapped in the final days over a $4 million tax break for truckers and two other non-budget items. House and Senate leaders never fully shut the door on hopes to revive those issues this session, but Friday's adjournment means votes will have to wait until next year.

    The House approved the budget on a 52-27 vote and the Senate on a 27-5 vote last week. The budget calls for increasing Medicaid spending by $114 million and public school funding by $56 million.

    The House also elected the state's first black speaker.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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