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Senators eye plan to abolish lt. governor's office

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 11:54am

LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas lawmakers are proposing to abolish the lieutenant governor's office, calling the state's No. 2 constitutional office an outdated post that's no longer necessary.

Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana said Thursday they'd push next year for putting a measure on the 2016 ballot that would eliminate the office. The proposed constitutional amendment would abolish the office as of Jan. 1, 2019, so whoever is elected lieutenant governor this fall could serve out his term.

The office is currently vacant after Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr resigned over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending.

The proposal would make the attorney general the next in line to serve as governor.

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