Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Special Election Measure

Feb 11, 2014

Arkansas lawmakers are moving closer toward keeping the lieutenant governor's office vacant rather than holding a special election to fill former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office for just a few months.

The Arkansas Senate voted 32-0 on Tuesday to consider changing the law to give Gov. Mike Beebe the choice to not hold a special election. Current law requires Beebe to call a special election within 150 days of declaring the office vacant.

Darr resigned Feb. 1 over ethics and campaign finance violations.

Two-thirds of the House and Senate must approve the measure before the proposal can be even considered during the fiscal session.

The House Rules Committee advanced a similar resolution to take up the special election matter.