LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A House committee has advanced legislation that would make the election of state prosecutors non-partisan and move the state's judicial runoff elections from November to June.
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday endorsed the bill that would make state prosecutors non-partisan positions, meaning candidates would no longer be listed on the ballot as Democrats or Republicans when running for the seat.
The proposal calls for the state to collect the filing fees for prosecutor candidates, with the first $100,000 collected going toward a fund for state trial court assistants.
The measure would also move judicial runoff elections from the November general election to the second Tuesday in June, when primary runoffs are held.
The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.