State money for LR firm may have lacked proper OK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says several payments to a Little Rock-based law firm may have been made without authorization required by state law.

The department said Friday that state law requires state agencies to receive the approval of the attorney general and the governor before hiring outside legal counsel.

But the agency says it hasn't been able to confirm that the attorney general or governor were informed of a number of payments or given the opportunity to approve or deny the use of outside legal services.

The agency says the outside legal services in question were related to immigration law.

The department says between the 2007 fiscal year and the 2014 fiscal year, 20 payments worth more than $47,000 were made to a Little Rock law firm.

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