Beebe Plans to Scale Back State's Washington DC Office

FEBRUARY 19, 2007 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Beebe's Washington lobbying operation, which was the target of legislative scrutiny under his predecessor, Mike Huckabee, will be up and running later this year -- but on a smaller scale.

Beebe says he won't staff the Washington office until after the Arkansas Legislature adjourns this spring. But he says he's already decided to employ fewer staffers. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that the operation would be cut back. He said he wants the office to work with the state's delegation in Congress, and the members of that delegation have significant staff who can help out, so fewer people in the office should work okay.

Beebe said the office will likely cut back from five staffers to two or three, and said he's looking to work with the state's senators and four congressmen on funding issues for the state.

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