Arkansas issues heating up as election nears

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October 14, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: November 2 is almost here, and in the state of Arkansas, that means both sides of issues on the ballot are making their voices heard. Issue 1, which would allow residents the right to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest wildlife in the state, is being supported by The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, who has stated that if the measure is enacted by voters, the amendment would have the strongest right to hunt and fish in the United States. Steve Faris, who sponsored the measure, argued, "Outdoor activity and tourism and hunting and fishing are a bit part of the draw to the state of Arkansas and also a big part of the lives of people who are here. We put that in there to protect those various things. This just takes it a step further.”

Issue 2 would temper interest rates limits on loans to the certain lending entities. According to supporters, the measure would help shape Arkansas into a more economically competitive state and would make facilities run by the state government more energy efficient. Opponents have stated that the inclusion of three separate issues (government entities, federally insured depository institutions, and all other lenders) in one measure could create confusion among voters.

Issue 3 would lower the threshold for issuing state bonds to attract major new industries to Arkansas. The Arkansas Municipal League supports the amendment, believing that the proposal would further strengthen economic development across the state. However, opponents state that a new debt would only make the situation in Arkansas worse, due to the revenue shortfalls that continue to happen.

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