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Beebe, Lawmakers Weigh Options to Replace Darr

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said Monday that lawmakers are exploring the option of changing state law to avoid a special election to replace the lieutenant governor.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said Monday that lawmakers are exploring the option of changing state law to avoid a special election to replace the lieutenant governor.

Mark Darr tendered his resignation on Friday effective February 1st.

According to state law, the governor has to call a special election if the office is vacated with more than 150 days until the general election.

A spokesperson for Governor Mike Beebe, D-Arkansas, says they are researching a number of possibilities.

Carter said Monday there is support in the House to change the law during the upcoming fiscal session to no longer require the governor to call a special election.

The house speaker says no candidate for lieutenant governor has expressed support of a special election and he says Beebe would prefer to avoid one as well.

"Nobody wants it to my knowledge, it's (special election) a couple million dollars bill for the taxpayer," Carter says.  "I think it's something reasonable for the general assembly to take a look at."
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