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Senator from Arkansas suspended after “frivolous” ethics complaint



Little Rock, Arkansas – Arkansas’s Little Rock – An Arkansas state senator who filed “frivolous” ethics charges against another senator has lost his seniority and been suspended for the remainder of the session.

Tuesday saw the conviction of state senator Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) for the “frivolous and unfounded” allegations made against colleague senator Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff).

He was removed from office for the remainder of the General Assembly and stripped of his seniority by a vote of the senators present. On both items, the vote was 26-4-1, with Clark absent from the meeting.

On August 18, Clark lodged an ethics complaint against Flowers, alleging that she had broken the law by taking travel reimbursements for conferences she attended through Zoom.

According to a report from the ethics committee, Flowers informed staff members about the deposits and paid them back.

After the Senate confirmed the ethics committee’s findings that he broke the law by asking another senator to sign his name on a meeting he didn’t attend on July 21, he filed his complaint against Flowers.