LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday signed into law a bill allowing him to forgo calling a special election to fill the lieutenant governor’s office.
Beebe will not call a special election to fill the seat vacated by Mark Darr, a spokesman for the governor said. Darr resigned Feb. 1 after being fined $11,000 by the state Ethics Commission for misuse of campaign contributions and taxpayer dollars.
Senate Bill 139, now Act 210, allows the governor not to call a special election to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office when the vacancy occurs within 10 months of a general election in which the office would be filled, if the governor determines that holding a special election is impractical because of the timing of the vacancy.
Beebe and legislators have said they want to spare the state the expense of a special election because the office is up for election in November and the winner of a special election would only be in office for a few months. The legislation sailed through both the Senate and the House.