A pair of identical House and Senate resolutions to avoid a special session to replace former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has strong backing, House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said Monday. Carter said he has seen some other non-budget bills measures filed, but “I don’t “think any of those things have the support.” Consideration of a non-appropriations bill during a fiscal session requires a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers.
Under a proposal in Senate Resolution 6 and matching House Resolution 1009, both filed Monday, a special election would not be held to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office if 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.
Darr resigned Feb. 1 after being fined $11,000 by the state Ethics Commission for misuse of campaign funds and taxpayer money.