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Rule may leave Howard County JP position vacant

NASHVILLE, AR (AP) - A seat on the Howard County Quorum Court in southwestern Arkansas may be vacant because of an Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System rule.

County Clerk Janice Huffman was elected in November - but says the retirement system has told her she can't serve and draw her pension for her years working in the clerk's office. Her term as clerk ends at the end of the year.

She told the Texarkana Gazette that a new state law meant to prevent public employees from drawing pensions while continuing to work for public agencies is the reason she can't draw her pension while serving on the legislative body. She said she would not have run had she known the rule applies to Quorum Court members - who are not eligible for APERS benefits.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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