Lawmakers Back Keeping Arkansas Lieutenant Governor's Office Open

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:53 pm  

Darr announced his resignation Friday night, after facing increasing pressure from Democrats and Republicans to step down or be removed from office. Darr agreed Dec. 30 to pay $11,000 in fines imposed by the state Ethics Commission for 11 separate violations, including making personal use of more than $30,000 of his campaign funds.

Beebe said his office is researching whether Darr's announcement — submitted as a resignation letter "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official" — was enough. Darr notified Carter and Lamoureux of his resignation, but did not submit a formal letter to the governor's office.

"We know how legislators resign. They've got to give a letter to the governor and that's the statute," Beebe said. "But how do these other folks resign? We're looking."

A spokeswoman for Darr later said the lieutenant governor "will comply with all formal protocols concerning his departure from office" by Feb. 1, but didn't say whether that would include submitting a formal letter of resignation.

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