Arkansas Court Costs and Expert Witness Restriction Amendment (2014)

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The Arkansas Court Costs and Expert Witness Restriction Amendment, which was introduced in the Senate as SJR 2, did not make the 2014 election ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in the state of Arkansas. It died in a Senate committee. The measure would have required those who file lawsuits deemed "frivolous" to pay court costs and would have placed restrictions on expert witnesses.[1][2]

SRJ 2 was introduced and sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-33).[2]

Provisions

Specifically, the proposal would have required expert witnesses to be trained in the same specialty as the defendant. The measure would have also mandated that those who file "frivolous" lawsuits pay up to $10,000 in court costs and other fees to the defendant.[2]

Text of measure

The full text of Senate Joint Resolution 2 is available here.

Path to the ballot

SRJ 2 was introduced and sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-33) on January 16, 2013, but died in a senate committee on May 17, 2013.[2]

A majority vote is required in both chambers of the Arkansas State Legislature to refer a measure to the ballot. (See Section 22, Article 19, Arkansas Constitution.)

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