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McDaniel Rejects Ethics Reform Ballot Title

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed ethics reform ballot title Monday on grounds of ambiguous language.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed ethics reform ballot title Monday on grounds of ambiguous language.

The 9-page opinion says the ballot title filed by Tim Jacobs of Little Rock addresses term limits, legislative compensation and a so-called "cooling off" period for former legislators turned lobbyists lacks clarity on how it would change current law.

McDaniel says in the case of extending the prohibition against lobbying after leaving the legislature from one to four years "might be struck by a court as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech," the opinion reads.

In a separate effort, the Arkansas legislature referred HJR1009 just before the session wrapped up April 23.

The proposed constitutional amendment cosponsored by St. Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale and St. Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock will be before voters on the November 2014 ballot and deals with term limits, legislative compensation and lobbying restrictions as part of an ethics reform package.
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