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Arkansas sales tax question heading for the 2012 ballot

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March 31, 2011


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Residents in Arkansas now know two out of three legislatively-referred constitutional amendments that were on the November 6, 2012 ballot, as the Arkansas State Senate gave the final vote of approval to the proposed sales tax increase amendment. That leaves only two spots open for the Arkansas Legislature to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot. Arkansas Lawmakers are allowed to refer up to three amendments to the ballot each election year in the state.

Before introducing the measure, House Speaker Robert Moore stated that he would ask lawmakers to consider the proposal. The measure would implement a half-cent sales tax in the state. The revenue generated from the tax would be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.[1]

On March 21, 2011, the measure passed a House committee, sending the measure to the full Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration. A majority vote is required in both chambers of the Arkansas State Legislature to refer a measure to the ballot, according to Section 22, Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution. On March 24, 2011, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved of the proposal with a final vote of 62-25. The measure must have then been approved by the Arkansas State Senate in order to be placed on the ballot. The Senate then approved the measure with a vote of 22-10, effectively sending the measure to the ballot pending the Governor of Arkansas's signature, which is expected to happen, according to reports.[2][3][4]

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