Arkansas 2014 ballot measures
Five statewide ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Arkansas.
Two initiatives - one an initiated constitutional amendment and the other an initiated state statute - have been certified for the ballot. Three other initiatives failed to submit signatures by the prescribed deadline. Supporters of the initiated state statutes were required to collect at least 62,507 valid signatures by the July 7, 2014 filing deadline, while initiated constitutional amendment supporters had to collect 78,133 valid signatures or more. Following the invalidation of some submitted signatures, supporters of the two remaining initiatives - Issues 4 and 5 - had until August 18, 2014, to submit enough additional signatures to meet the required total. Both campaigns submitted signatures and were ultimately certified for the ballot.
Issues that will appear on the ballot include:
- Since 1996, an average of four measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Arkansas. Therefore, 2014 is an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1996 to 2013, the number of measures on a statewide ballot has ranged from one to six.
- Since 1996, 25 of 37, or 68 percent, of Arkansas ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 12 of 37, or 32 percent, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Issue 1||Admin of Gov't||Requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies' administrative rules|
|Issue 2||Direct Democracy||Sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection|
|Issue 3||Term Limits||Extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission|
|Issue 4||Alcohol||Legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide|
|CISS||Issue 5||Min Wage||Increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017|
Not on the ballot
|Rainy Day Amendment||Budgets||Creates a state rainy day fund|
|Court Costs Amendment||State judiciary||Requires those who file "frivolous" lawsuits to pay court costs, places restrictions on witnesses|
|VR||Referendum on the Health Care Independence Act of 2013||Healthcare||Repeals the health care law signed in April 2013|
|Term Limits Amendment||Term limits||Limits total number of years member of the General Assembly may serve|
|CISS||Medical Cannibas Act||Marijuana||Legalizes medical marijuana|
|Hemp and Cannibas Amendment||Marijuana||Legalizes cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, sale, possession and use of cannabis|
|Four Year Terms for County Officials Amendment||Term Limits||Makes four year terms for county judges, justices of the peace and other offices|
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor of State | Commissioner of Education | Commissioner of Insurance | Secretary of Agriculture | Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission | Commissioner of State Lands| Director of Labor | Public Service Commission|