Arkansas Ballot Measure Signature Requirements Amendment (2014)
|Arkansas Ballot Measure Signature Requirements Amendment|
|Type:||Legislatively-referred constitutional amendment|
|Referred by:||Arkansas State Legislature|
|Topic:||Direct democracy measures|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Supporters say this measure is necessary to prevent ballot measure campaigns from submitting false signatures so as to buy time in their attempt to bring their issue before voters. Last year, a high number of invalid signatures were submitted by supporters of casino and severance tax proposals. 
The measure is opposed by various groups, including the Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, the Arkansas AFL-CIO and the Family Council. These groups believe that, if the measure is passed, it will be difficult for citizens to bring issues before voters. Another opponent of the measure, Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-97) said, "This is one area where people can touch government and can affect government and the only reason for this is to make it harder for them to do that."
Path to the ballot
A prior version of SJR 16 originally set the signature threshold at 90%, however this proposal was rejected by the Senate. The current version of this measure was also initially rejected by the Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments, however it was later approved. Section 22, Article 19, of the Arkansas Constitution says that a majority vote is required in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature in order to send a measure to the ballot.
- News & Notes: Arkansas Ballot Issues
- Times Record, "Arkansas Legislature: Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments Clear Senate"
- The Republic, "Arkansas lawmakers send proposed amendments on ethics and petition rules to voters"
- OpenStates.org, "SJR 16 Arkansas Senate Joint Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to Article 5, Section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Initiative & Referendum"
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Ark. Senate rejects change for ballot issues"
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Republic, "Arkansas lawmakers send proposed amendments on ethics and petition rules to voters," April 19, 2013
- ↑ University of Arkansas Public Policy Center,"News & Notes: Arkansas Ballot Issues," April 19, 2013
- ↑ San Francisco Chronicle, "Ark. Senate rejects change for ballot issues," April 12, 2013
- ↑ Times Record, "Arkansas Legislature: Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments Clear Senate," April 18,2013
- ↑ OpenStates.org, "SJR 16 Arkansas Senate Joint Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to Article 5, Section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Initiative & Referendum," retrieved on April 23, 2013
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