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There were no statewide ballot issue elections in 2019. This was an off year for Arkansas
Signature Counting To Resume, Court Rules - December 2019The Secretary of State's Office will soon start counting thousands of voter signatures
it originally considered invalid after an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling agreed with
a referendum campaign that they should be counted.
Proposals, Funding Adding Up - November 2019As this month comes to a close, citizen initiative groups have filed nine proposed
constitutional amendments with the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office, allowing
them to collect signatures to put their proposals on the November 2020 ballot.
Signature Gathering Under Way - October 2019Canvassers have been spotted around the state in October at grocery stores and the
State Fair collecting signatures for potential 2020 ballot issues.
Group Seeks Voter Approval for Game Machines - September 2019In a span of 10 years, Arkansas voters approved legalizing the sale of lottery tickets
and opening of casinos. Now a group hopes voters will support a constitutional amendment
authorizing "coin operated amusement machines" in the state.
Referendum: Off, On Again? - August 2019Challengers of a new state law expanding the procedures optometrists can perform in
Arkansas have asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to intervene in their effort to put
a referendum regarding Act 579 on the November 2020 ballot.
Voter Signatures Filed for Referendum; Multiple Marijuana Amendments Filed - July 2019Safe Surgery Arkansas submitted thousands of pages of voter signatures this week to
the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office in their quest to challenge a new state law
expanding the scope of practice for optometrists. The wording of two ballot proposals seeking to legalize marijuana were filed in July
with the Secretary of State's Office.
Referendum Sought on New Optometry Law - June 2019A new state law expanding what procedures optometrists can do for patients is being
challenged through Arkansas' referendum process.
New Law Makes AG Ballot Title Request Moot - May 2019The Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a request to force the Attorney General to certify
a ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational
use of marijuana.
2020 Ballot: Voters to Decide Sales Tax, Citizen Initiative Process, Term Limit Amendments - April 2019It's official: Arkansas' 2019 legislative session is over. Legislators held their
formal closing Wednesday ending the session. As part of the session, legislators referred three constitutional amendments to voters
on the 2020 ballot.
Arkansas Voters Will Decide Sales Tax - March 2019Arkansas legislators have settled one of the three constitutional amendments they
expect to refer to voters in 2020.
Legislators Submit Amendments for 2020 Ballot - February 2019Arkansas legislators submitted 44 proposed constitutional amendments for the 2020
ballot. Many of the amendments focus on the process for putting citizen-initiated
amendments and state laws on the ballot, term limits, highway funding, and laws related
to lawsuit damages.
92nd General Assembly Underway - January 2019The Arkansas legislative session is in its second week and state senators and representatives
so far have filed five proposed ballot measures.