- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week’s special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

Beebe’s office on Thursday said the governor signed the House and Senate versions of the measures approved during the three-day special session he called. Lawmakers gave final approval to the measures early Wednesday before adjourning the session.

The proposals include legislation aimed at averting a 35 percent premium hike for thousands of public school employees by removing part-time workers and some spouses from the plan, among other changes. The other bills Beebe signed include a measure barring the lottery from starting monitor games like keno until next March, and additional funding for more prison beds.

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