Opinion Issued on Hoofman Case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says there is no law that specifically bans highway commissioners from also working for the governor.

But in a legal opinion issued Friday, the attorney general says there may be some potential for conflict based if a lawsuit is filed over the issue.

Highway Commissioner Cliff Hoofman has worked as a legislative liaison for Gov. Mike Beebe during the past two legislative sessions. Beebe appointed him to the commission in 2007. Hoofman is a former state senator from North Little Rock and a longtime friend of the governor.

He received $250 a day as a liaison. He is not a full-time employee of the governor's office. A spokesman for Beebe says the governor believes Hoofman's service is legal. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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