Third and final amendment sent to the ballot by Arkansas lawmakers

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April 5, 2011

Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Three ballot spots were open for legislatively-referred constitutional amendments in the state of Arkansas, and lawmakers wasted no time in filling them. On April 4, 2011, Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe signed a newly approved amendment that would implement a five-cent diesel tax to an existing bond issue for highway needs.[1][2]

On March 11, 2011, the bill was approved by the Arkansas House of Representatives with a vote of 67-24. Then on March 22, 2011, the Senate Transportation Committee endorsed the measure, leaving the Arkansas State Senate to consider the bill. On March 24, 2011, the Senate approved the measure with an 18-12 vote, but made two amendments to the bill. The proposal was then sent back to the Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration. The measure was set to be discussed in the chamber on April 1, 2011. However, the House signed off on the amendments on March 29, 2011, sending the bill to be signed by Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe.[3][4][5]

The two other amendments that will be placed in front of voters during the fall of 2012 include a measure that would implement a half-cent sales tax in the state and another that would authorize local areas, cities and counties, to create special economic districts and issue bonds for retail projects in the state.

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