Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has received approval from a legislative subcommittee to reclassify an office job as “solicitor general.” Her office released a prepared statement:

“Today, I requested approval for a Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Office. In recent years, most of the attorneys general from across the country have added a Solicitor General to their office to assist with the increasing workload, specifically the growing number of large multi-state consumer protection cases and the increasingly complex appellate matters at the state and national levels. I have spoken with many of my colleagues about a Solicitor General, and I believe the position would benefit the State of Arkansas greatly.”

The change didn’t require an additional job or add to the office appropriation. In other states with the position, the lawyer serves as the top appellate advocate for the state.