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:: ''See also: [[Legislatively-referred_constitutional_amendment#Majority_vote|Amending the Arkansas Constitution]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Legislatively-referred_constitutional_amendment#Majority_vote|Amending the Arkansas Constitution]]''
A majority vote is required in both chambers of the [[Arkansas State Legislature]] to refer a measure to the ballot, according to [[Article 19, Arkansas Constitution#Section 22|Section 22, Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution]].
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A majority vote is required in both chambers of the [[Arkansas State Legislature]] to refer a measure to the ballot, according to [[Article 19, Arkansas Constitution#Section 22|Section 22, Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution]]. The Arkansas Legislature can only refer up to three [[legislative referral]]s to the ballot each election year.
  
 
===House of Representatives===
 
===House of Representatives===

Revision as of 14:58, 5 May 2011

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The Arkansas Sales Tax Increase Question will appear on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in the state of Arkansas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure was introduced to the state legislature during session. 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][2]

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters will see reads:[2]

FOR a proposed constitutional amendment to levy a temporary sales and use 18 tax of one-half percent (0.5%) for state highways and bridges, county roads, 19 bridges and other surface transportation, and city streets, bridges and other 20 surface transportation, with the state's portion to secure State of Arkansas 21 General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds in 22 the total principal amount not to exceed $1,300,000,000 for the purpose of 23 constructing and improving four-lane highways in the State of Arkansas, 24 prescribing the terms and conditions for the issuance of such bonds which 25 will mature and be paid in full in approximately ten (10) years, which 26 payment in full shall terminate the temporary sales and use tax, describing 27 the sources of repayment of the bonds and permanently dedicating one cent 28 (1¢) per gallon of the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and 29 distillate fuel taxes to the State Aid Street Fund.
AGAINST a proposed constitutional amendment to levy a temporary sales and 32 use tax of one-half percent (0.5%) for state highways and bridges, county 33 roads, bridges and other surface transportation, and city streets, bridges 34 and other surface transportation, with the state's portion to secure State of 35 Arkansas General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds in the total principal amount not to exceed $1,300,000,000 for the 1 purpose of constructing and improving four-lane highways in the State of 2 Arkansas, prescribing the terms and conditions for the issuance of such bonds 3 which will mature and be paid in full in approximately ten (10) years, which 4 payment in full shall terminate the temporary sales and use tax, describing 5 the sources of repayment of the bonds and permanently dedicating one cent 6 (1¢) per gallon of the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and 7 distillate fuel taxes to the State Aid Street Fund.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Arkansas Constitution

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. The Arkansas Legislature can only refer up to three legislative referrals to the ballot each election year.

House of Representatives

The proposed sales tax increase measure was first filed with the Arkansas House of Representatives on February 2, 2011 and read for the first time in the chamber the next day. On March 21, 2011, the measure passed a House committee, after the it was amended four times, and was then sent to the House for full consideration. It was then approved by the chamber with a tally of 62 to 25, sending the measure to the Arkansas State Senate for consideration. You can read which state senator voted for and against the resolution here.

Senate

Since the State House had approved the amendment, the measure then had to be approved by the Arkansas State Senate in order to be placed on the ballot. After the bill was sent to the Senate on March 24, 2011, it was read for the first time that same day.

The Senate then approved the measure one week later on March 31, 2011 with a vote of 22-10, effectively placing it on the ballot pending the Arkansas Governor's signature.[3][4][5]

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