The purpose of an Attorney General review and certification is to ensure that the popular name and ballot title honestly, intelligibly, and fairly set forth the purpose of the proposed amendment or act. Only after a ballot issue is certified can groups circulate petitions seeking voter signatures in support of putting the issue on the ballot.
April 17, 2014 - A proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize the manufacturing, distributing, transport and sale of alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties was rejected because of ambiguities in the proposal. Opinion No. 2014-039 cited several grammatical issues and said that although the title of the issue mentioned it being a constitutional amendment, the body of the proposal did not. The proposal was submitted by David Couch of Little Rock. This marks the second time the proposal has been rejected.
May 2, 2014 - The proposed Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment continues to be too vauge to approve, according to Opinion No. 2014-042. An opinion addressed to David Couch of Little Rock states, '"Your proposal states that manufacture, etc., "is authorized in every county of this State." It is unclear whether the entire state would be "wet" or the requirement would be met if at least some area of each county were "wet."'
May 9, 2014 - Wording for the "Arkansas Cannabis Amendment" proposal was once again rejected because of ambiguities that the Attorney General's opinion stated have not been fixed despite several past comments. "I cannot overstate the importance of the voters understanding the scope of the regulatory authority, if any, that the legislature would retain under your measure. Whatever your reasons for failing to address this issue directly, I cannot and will not continue to tax this office's resources by repeatedly making this point to you. Accordingly, please resolve this ambiguity before submitting for my approval any revised version of your proposal," Opinion No. 2014-043 tells Robert L. Reed of Dennard.
Certified Measures - Approved for signature gathering:
Jan. 4, 2014 - A ballot question committee received approval for signature gathering for its proposal to change state law to raise the state's minimum wage. Opinion No. 2013-156 certified An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage submitted by Stephen Copley of Little Rock who is chairman of Give Arkansas A Raise Now.
Nov. 7, 2013 - A proposed amendment that would recognize marriage being between two people regardless of gender, and would repeal an existing amendment banning same sex marriage was approved. Opinion No. 2013-135 certified the measure submitted by Jack Weir III of Maumelle. Weir submitted the measure as "The Arkansas Marriage Amendment," although the Attorney General's office offered a "more correct name" of "The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment."
Oct. 3, 2013 - Arkansans for Compassionate Care's proposed ballot issue seeking to make the medical use and sale of marijuana legal was approved for signature gathering. Opinion No. 2013-118 certified "The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act," which was submitted by Melissa Fults, Campaign Director for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, of Hensley.
Sept. 19, 2013 - A proposed constitutional amendment seeking to repeal an existing amendment on same-sex marriage was certified. Opinion No. 2013-114 certified the measure "Repeal of the Arkansas Marriage Amendment." The proposal was submitted by Christina Harrison, founder of Arkansans for Equality, of Little Rock. Arkansans approved the original amendment in 2004 with 75 percent of the vote in favor.
Sept. 16, 2013 - A proposed constitutional amendment to change the terms of county officials from two years to four years was certified. Opinion No. 2013-110 certified the ballot title, "Four Year Terms of Office For Elected County Officials, Justices of the Peace, and Constables." David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff submitted the ballot issue.
Aug. 6, 2013 - Arkansans for Responsible Medicine saw their proposed ballot issue seeking to make the medical use and sale of marijuana legal approved for signature gathering. Opinion No. 2013-081 said the popular name and ballot title for the "Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act" are "sufficient as proposed." The proposed ballot issue was submitted by David Couch, representing Arkansans for Responsible Medicine.
Jan. 1, 2013 -
In Opinion No. 2012-148
, the Attorney General approved the popular name and ballot title submitted by the Regnat Populus ballot question committee. The committee submitted "The Campaign Finance and Lobbying Act of 2014."