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Governor Calls Darr Bill Signing "Inappropriate"

Arkansas governor Mike Beebe called the decision by the state's lieutenant governor to sign a bill while he was out of state "totally inappropriate".
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas governor Mike Beebe called the decision by the state's lieutenant governor to sign a bill while he was out of state "totally inappropriate".

Beebe told reporters Tuesday he thought he had a good working relationship with Mark Darr until Darr signed a bill on Friday.

"It just shows you can turn your back," Beebe says.

SB131, now Act145, makes information about conceal carry permit holders private.

Beebe told reporters last week he would not veto the bill and allow it to take effect Monday.

Darr signed the bill Friday. Darr told FOX16 the bill "deserved a signature."

Statement from Mark Darr

I respect the office of the Governor, the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, but mostly I respect the citizens of Arkansas and the 130,000 citizens that are now protected under this law.

I want to thank the number of constituents who have called and emailed in support of this law. People like Donna Schaefer of Carlisle, who took the time to come to the Capitol today and express how grateful she was. Donna and her 82 year old mother were two names that were released yesterday by a reporter here in Little Rock. Her story is an example of why I felt the urgent need to sign this bill into law.

It is important to remember that Act 145 received a tremendous amount of support from the Arkansas Legislature with a vote of 84 to 9 in the House and 24 to 9 in the Senate.

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