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Arkansas Tax Increase by Public Vote Amendment (2012)

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The Arkansas Tax Increase by Public Vote Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arkansas as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have mandated that proposed state, county or city tax increases only be decided on by a public vote in the state. The proposal was supported by Voter Approval Committee Inc.[1]

Path to the ballot

In order for supporters to place the measure on the ballot, 78,133 valid signatures must have been collected from state residents and submitted by the July 6, 2012 petition drive deadline.

Before signatures could be collected, however, wording of the ballot proposal must have been approved by the Arkansas Attorney General. On December 14, 2011, Dustin McDaniel rejected the wording, citing ambiguity in the popular name and ballot title. Supporters still had the option to re-submit the proposal.[1]

The wording of the text was filed by the supporting group three more times, and all three times the result has been a rejection of the wording by McDaniel. The last rejection came during the week of March 22, 2012, when McDaniel stated that the wording had ambiguities.[2]

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