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Friday, May 27, 2011

State car suit dropped

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The AP is reporting that the lawsuit over the use of state vehicles by constitutional officers has been dropped. Judge Tim Fox granted the GOP's motion to dismiss.

State party Chairman Doyle Webb said the suit was dropped because a law passed by the legislature addressed their concerns. From a Republican Party press release:

“We could not have received a better result if we proceeded to court,” Webb said. “We commend the Legislature for recognizing the abuse of state vehicles by elected officials and passing Act 1021. We feel this is a bi-partisan resolution that benefits the people of Arkansas.”

Full release on the jump.

State GOP Dismisses Car Suit

Legislature Corrects Abuse of State Cars by Constitutional Officers

Little Rock, Ark. — The State Republican Party today dismissed a lawsuit filed last September against Arkansas’ seven constitutional officers and Speaker of the House of Representatives for their alleged personal use of state-owned vehicles. Judge Tim Fox, Circuit Judge in the Sixth Division of Pulaski County, granted the motion to dismiss.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb said the party dismissed due to a law passed by the Legislature during the recent legislative session. Act 1021 by Senator David Johnson (D-Little Rock) extends reimbursement requirements to constitutional officers for the personal use of state-owned vehicles.

“We could not have received a better result if we proceeded to court,” Webb said. “We commend the Legislature for recognizing the abuse of state vehicles by elected officials and passing Act 1021. We feel this is a bi-partisan resolution that benefits the people of Arkansas.”

Act 1021 extends the requirements of Arkansas Code Annotated § 19-4-903(b) to include constitutional officers and their employees and increases the reimbursement rate for the personal use of state-owned motor vehicles to the same rate authorized for reimbursement for private automobile usage.

“Had this law not been passed, we would have proceeded in court,” said Webb.

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