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Ark. State Senator Resigns Amid Ethics Violations

State Senator Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, resigned from the upper chamber of the legislature Tuesday after misuse of campaign funds and ethics sanctions.
JONESBORO, AR -- State Senator Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, resigned from the upper chamber of the legislature Tuesday after admitted misuse of campaign funds and ethics sanctions.

“I am announcing today my resignation from the Arkansas Senate effective immediately," Bookout said in a statement to FOX16 News.  "I made the Governor and President Pro-Tempore of the Senate aware of my resignation today."
 
“I am thankful and grateful to the people who have allowed me the opportunity to be a voice for them in the State House and the State Senate on the important issues of our day.”

Bookout is accused of misusing thousands of dollars in campaign contributions by purchasing clothing and other personal items.

On Friday, the State Ethics Commission slapped an $8,000 fine and a letter of reprimand on the two-term state senator.

Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for the 2nd district, wants a special prosecutor to look into Bookout's case.

The two-term senator elected in 2006 resigned from his position at a Jonesboro hospital on Monday.


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