MLK Commission's Membership in Turmoil as Holiday Approaches - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

MLK Commission's Membership in Turmoil as Holiday Approaches

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is in turmoil over the legitimacy of its appointees and a prolonged delay in hiring a permanent director, less than a week before its Drum Majors Leadership Conference honors the slain civil rights leader's birthday.

Commissioner Jimmy C. Norris Jr. filed a lawsuit in November in Pulaski County Circuit Court, challenging the legality of some fellow members serving on the panel.  The lawsuit has delayed the appointment of its new members, which has affected the commission's ability to pick a new executive director.

State Senator Tracy Steele resigned as executive director more than a year ago.

The commission has met regularly, but it hasn't had enough members present for a quorum, and to be able to legally conduct business.

The commission is comprised of appointees by the governor and legislative leaders.  The governor appoints 13 at-large members and one member from each of the state's four congressional districts.

The lawsuit challenges a provision in state law that says no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.  At issue is whether that rule affects all commission appointees, or just those appointed by the governor.

Morris argues the rule refers to all commissioners.  The attorney general's office, which represents the commission in the lawsuit, argues it refers only to the governor's appointments from the general public, not those made by the House and Senate leaders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Harbor Freight to open new store in Batesville

    Harbor Freight to open new store in Batesville

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:04 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:04:05 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:34 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:34:27 GMT
    Harbor Freight (Source: Harbor Freight website)Harbor Freight (Source: Harbor Freight website)

    A California-based tool retailer will be opening a 15,000-square-foot store in Northeast Arkansas later this year, company officials said Wednesday. 

    A California-based tool retailer will be opening a 15,000-square-foot store in Northeast Arkansas later this year, company officials said Wednesday. 

  • Alive After Five set for June 21

    Alive After Five set for June 21

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:37:55 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:59:59 GMT
    Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)
    Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)

    Anyone interested in art, music and visiting Downtown Jonesboro will have an opportunity June 21 with the monthly Alive After Five event. 

    Anyone interested in art, music and visiting Downtown Jonesboro will have an opportunity June 21 with the monthly Alive After Five event. 

  • Independence County K9 officers receive body armor

    Independence County K9 officers receive body armor

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:03:44 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:57:28 GMT
    The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)
    The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)

    The K-9 officers with an area sheriff's department now have body armor to protect them. 

    The K-9 officers with an area sheriff's department now have body armor to protect them. 

Powered by Frankly