The Arkansas House voted again today on the private option expansion of Medicaid and it failed for the second time — 68-27 with one present. It lost two votes from the first vote yesterday. 75 votes were necessary for passage.
David Ramsey has been calling the play-by-play here and will update with reactions, future happenings.
More votes tomorrow, in both the Senate and the House. The Senate is expected to vote first tomorrow. At last count, the 27 votes needed for passage there were said to be in hand.
Reps. Altes, Bragg and Thompson, all of whom voted for the bill Tuesday, didn’t vote today. But Fred Smith, who didn’t vote yesterday, added an “aye” today. The nays were the same as yesterday.
House Speaker Davy Carter said afterward that he remained 100 percent certain about the legislation’s passage.