Arkansas Standards of Conduct and Disclosure Act for Candidates and Political Campaigns, Initiated Act 1 (1990)

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The Arkansas Standards of Conduct and Disclosure Act for Candidates and Political Campaigns, also known as Initiated Act 1, appeared as an initiated state statute in Arkansas where it was approved on the ballot on November 8, 1990.[1]
  • This statute establishes standards of conduct and disclosure for political candidates and campaigns.

Election results

Initiated Act 1 (1990)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 355,957 65.37%
No186,20434.34%

Official results via: Arkansas Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

AN ACT AMENDING ARKANSAS LAWS BY SPECIFYING REGISTRATION AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR APPROVED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES AND EXPLORATORY COMMITTEES, AS DEFINED, INCLUDING AN ANNUAL ACCUMULATION OF $200 PER PERSON ON CONTRIBUTIONS ACCEPTED BY APPROVED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES AND A REQUIREMENT THAT EXPLORATORY COMMITTEES DISCLOSE CONTRIBUTORS OF MORE THAN $100: DEFINING PROHIBITED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES AND PROHIBITING a CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THEM TO CANDIDATES; LIMITING TO $1000 PER ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANY PERSON TO A CANDIDATE, INCLUSIVE OF AMOUNTS GIVEN TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN TO CONTRIBUTE; PROHIBITING A CANDIDATE OR EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FROM SOLICITING OR ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTIONS MORE THAN 2 YEARS BEFORE ELECTIONS, EXCEPT TO RETIRE A PAST CAMPAIGN DEBT; PROHIBITING CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FROM ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTIONS DURING STATED PERIODS IN RELATION TO LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS AND PROHIBITING PROMISES OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEM DURING THOSE PERIODS; PROHIBITING UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES FROM TAKING CAMPAIGN FUNDS AS PERSONAL OR FAMILY INCOME: AFTER GENERAL ELECTIONS, REQUIRING CANDIDATES TO TURN OVER TO CONTRIBUTORS, AN ORGANIZED POLITICAL PARTY, OR THE STATE’S GENERAL REVENUE FUND ANY EXCESS CAMPAIGN FUNDS, AS DEFINED; REQUIRING CANDIDATES (EXCEPT FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT TOWNSHIP, MUNICIPAL, OR COUNTY OFFICE CANDIDATES, WHOSE REPORTS WILL BE GOVERNED BY EXISTING LAW) TO FILE SPECIFIED REPORTS OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES; REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO FURNISH FORMS AND NOTIFICATION TO CANDIDATES; SPECIFYING CONTENTS OF REPORTS, INCLUDING CONTRIBUTORS OVER $100, NON-MONEY ITEMS CONTRIBUTED, ITEMIZATIONS OF EXPENDITURES OVER $100, AND SURPLUS OR DEBT OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS; SPECIFYING THAT CANDIDATES FILE NO REPORTS, EXCEPT FINAL MONTHLY REPORTS, UNTIL TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS EXCEED $500; REQUIRING PROCEDURES FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO MAINTAIN AND SUPERVISE REPORTS; EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2, 1991, CREATING THE ARKANSAS ETHICS COMMISSION OF FIVE MEMBERS SERVING NONCONSECUTIVE TERMS OF FIVE YEARS, WHO WILL BE UNPAID BUT ENTITLED TO EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT, ONE EACH APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, ATTORNEY GENERAL, CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM; SPECIFYING CLASSES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT BE COMMISSION MEMBERS AND CLASSES OF PEOPLE ASSURED AT LEAST ONE POSITION ON THE COMMISSION; ESTABLISHING COMMISSION PROCEDURES; GRANTING THE COMMISSION AUTHORITY, WITH RESPECT TO THIS ACT AND INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1988, TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS, ISSUE SUBPOENAS, ADMINISTER OATHS AND CONDUCT HEARINGS, ISSUE PUBLIC LETTERS OF CAUTION OR WARNING, ISSUE ADVISORY OPINIONS AND GUIDELINES, HIRE A STAFF AND RETAIN LEGAL COUNSEL, APPROVE FORMS PREPARED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES; EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1991, PROVIDING PROCEDURES FOR CITIZENS’ COMPLAINTS WITH THE COMMISSION ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF THIS ACT OR INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1988 AND REPEALING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ROLE IN ENFORCING INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1988; PROHIBITING GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FROM SOLICITING OR ACCEPTING PRIVATE COMPENSATION, AS DEFINED, FOR SPEECHES OR OTHER APPEARANCES, UNLESS MADE IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF BUSINESS IN THE MEMBER’S PRIVATE OCCUPATION; PUNISHING KNOWING OR WILLFUL VIOLATIONS OF SUCH PROHIBITION AS CLASS A MISDEMEANORS; UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, MAKING SOME PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE ON NOVEMBER 7, 1990 AND OTHERS ON DECEMBER 7, 1990; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.[3]


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  1. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Initiatives and Amendments 1938-2010"
  2. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. REFERENDA AND PRIMARY ELECTION MATERIALS [Computer file]. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR00006.v1
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.