Arkansas Passes Ethics Constitutional Amendment - State and Federal Communications

November 5, 2014  •  

Arkansas Passes Ethics Constitutional Amendment

Flag of ArkansasVoters passed a constitutional amendment on the November 4 ballot to extend term limits for state lawmakers in exchange for strict ethics laws for lobbyists and corporations.

The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency, and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014 bans corporate and union contributions to political campaigns, prohibits gifts from lobbyists to legislative and executive officials, and extends term limits for legislators to at least 16 years.

The new provision allows lawmakers to serve 16 years in the same office, or even longer for senators winning special two-year terms after each decennial census and redistricting process.

The amendment is effective today, November 5, 2014.

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