Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Senator Bookout Resigns From State Senate

Update: Talk Business Arkansas reported yesterday that State Sen. Paul Bookout (D-Jonesboro), resigned from his job as an administrator with St. Bernard’s Healthcare in Jonesboro.
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Paul Bookout Resigns
by Nic Horton,  Arkansas Project : Embattled State Senator Paul Bookout of Jonesboro has resigned from the legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux says he has received a letter of resignation from Bookout, effective immediately.

The Arkansas Project first reported in July that Bookout was under investigation by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for suspicious campaign spending. On Friday, the Commission found Bookout in violation and fined him $8,000.

This vacancy in office creates a necessity for the governor to call a special election — a special election which will likely have a new state senator installed by the time the fiscal session begins in January. It seems likely that one theme of the special election may be the ‘private option,’ given its narrow passage in the senate and its increasingly controversial nature.

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