Gov. Mike Beebe has asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for an opinion on what to do about House District 24 in Hot Springs, where the winner, Keith Crass, died shortly before the election.
The law states that a vacancy is declared in the case of death of a candidate certified the winner, as Crass is likely to be. But the Constitution now conflicts on what to do. Normally, the current officeholder, Rick Saunders, would continue in office until the next election. But under the newer term limits provision, Saunders' time in the House is limited to six years.
Beebe wants to know if he can call a special election to fill the vacancy.