Appropriations bill sent to Hutchinson
The Arkansas Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson the general appropriation for the expenses of the judicial and legislative branches of government.
In a 32-0 vote, the Senate approved House Bill 1066, sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, before it recessed Thursday morning. The bill cleared the House on Wednesday.
The bill, covering fiscal 2018, includes $795,000 for special and recalled circuit judges, trial judges’ expenses and district judges’ travel expense reimbursement; and $368,000 for interim expense reimbursements to representatives and $200,000 for interim expense reimbursements to senators. Under the Arkansas Constitution, this bill is the first appropriation that the General Assembly must approve before approving any other spending bill.