House OKs bill to make prosecutor elections nonpartisan

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) - A bill to make prosecuting attorney elections in Arkansas nonpartisan cleared the House on Wednesday in a 63-24 vote.

House Bill 1855 by Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, is Shepherd's second piece of legislation on prosecuting attorney elections. He filed HB 1855 after his earlier bill on the topic, HB 1412, failed in the House last month in a 40-50 vote.

The earlier bill would have made prosecuting attorney elections nonpartisan and would have required they be held in May, when nonpartisan judicial elections are held. It also would have called for runoff elections in both types of races to be held in June instead of November, when runoffs in nonpartisan elections are held now.

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