Attorney General Opinions
The Attorney General is responsible for reviewing the language and titles of potential ballot issues submitted to voters by the public. Ballot issue groups can circulate petitions only after the Attorney General verifies that the ballot title and popular name honestly, intelligibly and fairly describe the purpose of a proposed constitutional amendment or act. The following are recent Attorney General opinions regarding potential ballot issues:
Ballot proposals rejected
Nov. 8, 2017 -
The Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment
- A proposal seeking to legalize the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, possession and use of marijuana and products for recreational purposes was rejected because of "
fundamental, threshold shortcomings in your submission,"
Opinion No. 2017-117
"Your submission is defective to the point that I cannot begin to analyze whether the ballot title, or the nature of the issues, is presented in such a way that the ballot title would be misleading," Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote in the latest opinion regarding this proposal.
Ballot proposals approved for signature gathering
Oct. 28, 2016 - Arkansas Term Limits Amendment -
A proposal to reduce the number of years a state senator or representative can serve in office was certified for signature gathering, according to
Opinion No. 2016-105
. The proposal would institute six-year terms for representatives and eight-year terms for senators, with a maximum of 10 years total. The proposal would return Arkansas' term limits to what they were before a voter-approved change in 2014 that extended terms.
Thomas Steele of Little Rock submitted the measure.