May 28, 2014
Voters Oppose Longer Term Limits in Ethics Amendment
Arkansas voters overwhelmingly passed rather strict term limits back in the early l990s. Now The Arkansas Legislature has hidden longer term limits within a so-called “ethics reform” constitutional amendment to be voted on this November, and “Save Arkansas Term Limits” has refocused its efforts to defeat the proposed change. TheCityWire.com in Ft. Smith reports on...
Now The Arkansas Legislature has hidden longer term limits within a so-called “ethics reform” constitutional amendment to be voted on this November, and “Save Arkansas Term Limits” has refocused its efforts to defeat the proposed change.
TheCityWire.com in Ft. Smith reports on a survey about term limits in Arkansas and the upcoming vote:
A legislative-referred proposed constitutional amendment is opposed more than two-to-one by voters, in large part due to a proposed change in the state’s term limits law.
The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of more than 1,000 likely voters shows that 57% oppose the measure that would curtail gifts and contributions to legislators but allow them to serve up to 16 years in the General Assembly. Only 25% support the proposal and 18% are undecided.
“The term limits addition to this proposal appears to be a deal-breaker for voters as our previous polling has shown,” said Talk Business & Politics executive editor Roby Brock. “Without term limits, ethics reform seems to have widespread support, but that’s not the case with this combo amendment.”
The 2013 General Assembly referred three proposals for voter consideration in the 2014 general election. The ethics-term limits proposal, called “The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency, and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014,” will be on the November ballot. (read more)
Tim Jacobs of SaveARTermLimits.org, a term limits activist since 1992 (helped pass Arkansas’ first term limits), will speak against longer term limits at the June 12 meeting of the Faulkner County Tea Party. UPDATE 5/18/2017: The “Save Arkansas Term Limits” website is no longer available.