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:
Rejected Ballot Proposals
April 16, 2018 - An Amendment to Authorize Four Casinos, One Each in Crittenden (to Southland Racing Corporation), Garland (to Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.), Pope, and Jefferson Counties
- A proposal seeking to legalize casinos in specific parts of Arkansas was rejected because of ambiguities in the proposal, such as where the proposed casinos would be located and how the word "may" could be interpreted in one section regarding compensation to casinos, according to
Opinion No. 2018-035
Alex Gray of Little Rock submitted the measure.
April 10, 2018 - An Amendment to Allow Four Casinos to Operate in Arkansas, One Each at a Specifically Designated Location Within Each of the Following Four Counties: Benton County, Boone County, Miller County, and Pulaski County
A proposal seeking to legalize casinos in specific parts of Arkansas was rejected because of "fatal deficiencies" such as the "complete lack of information regarding casino licensing under your proposal ..." and whether properties specifically mentioned in the ballot title were related to the licensing, according to Opinion No. 2018-032. The title was also long at 1.036 words. Randall Bynum of Little Rock submitted the measure.
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.