Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment, HJR 1009 (2014)
|Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment|
|Type:||Legislatively-referred constitutional amendment|
|Referred by:||Arkansas State Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
After attempting and failing to get a similar ethics measure on the ballot in 2012, the citizens' group, Regnat Populus, supports the measure. David Couch, co-chairman of Regnat Populus, said, "I think that we'll be able to convince the people of Arkansas that this is the right thing to do." Sponsor Rep. Sabin said of the measure, "If people are educated on its substance, if they aren't persuaded by glib arguments that denigrate public service, if they understand that this is one of the substantive ethics reform proposals that have been before voters in a couple decades, I think they'll want to approve it."
Opponents of the bill are against extending term limits to sixteen years. Currently, members of the House can serve up to three two-year terms, while senators can serve up to two four-year terms. The group U.S. Term Limits is against the measure and attempted to remove it from the ballot.
Opponents have also pointed out that the amendment contains a loophole for corporate contributions. While the amendment prohibits corporations from donating directly to political candidates, they may still donate to their own PACs, which can count as contributing to a candidate
Path to the ballot
HJR 1009 was 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.
|Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics Amendment, HJR 1009 Senate vote|
|Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics Amendment, HJR 1009 House vote|
- News & Notes: Arkansas Ballot Issues
- Times Record, "Arkansas Legislature: Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments Clear Senate"
- OpenStates.org, "HJR 1009 Arkansas House Joint Resolution, The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014"
- The Republic, "Arkansas lawmakers send proposed amendments on ethics and petition rules to voters"
- ArkansasFreedom.com, "Politicians try to extend term limits to 16 yrs"
- News & Notes: Arkansas Ballot Issues, retrieved April 22, 2013
- The Republic, "Arkansas lawmakers send proposed amendments on ethics and petition rules to voters," April 19, 2013
- ArkansasFreedom.com, "Politicians try to extend term limits to 16 yrs," April 16, 2013
- Times Record, "Elections 2014: Group Pushes Effort to Kill Measure to Extend Legislative Terms," November 13, 2013
- Arkansas Farm Bureau: "House Joint Resolution 1009 – The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics,Transparency, and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014," accessed November 24, 2013
- Times Record, "Arkansas Legislature: Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments Clear Senate," April 18,2013
- OpenStates.org, "HJR 1009 Arkansas House Joint Resolution, The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014," accessed April 22, 2013
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
|State executive officers||
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