Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - As this year's legislative session enters its fifth week, Arkansas state lawmakers are debating abortion and gun issues.
The House is set to vote this week on a bill that would ban most abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy. A 20-week abortion ban is pending before a Senate committee but faces opposition because it doesn't have exemptions for rape and incest. Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to sign a separate measure this week prohibiting private insurers in the state's insurance exchanges from covering most abortions.
House lawmakers are slated to vote on Monday on creating a task force to explore school safety in light of recent shootings. A House committee is set to discuss a separate proposal allowing university employees to bring concealed weapons on campus.
The House and the Senate convened for the 89th General Assembly this year.
You can watch everything that happens in the House of Representatives on their live stream from the Capitol. Arkansas' House shelled out more than $375,000 to equip four committee rooms with cameras and hardware.
You can also keep up with everything in the Arkansas Senate with their website.
Also, on the 88th General Assembly website, you can keep track of all the bills filed and proposed and find a list of all your Arkansas legislators.
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