New Arkansas Term Limits Measure Announced for 2016 Ballot

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The group Arkansas Term Limits has announced a new campaign for the 2016 ballot.

The text for a new measure was submitted Thursday to the Attorney General’s office.

If passed, it would restore the legislative term limits that were changed last year by Issue #3 (Amendment 94). The changes allowed state legislators to serve for 16 years. 

“This campaign will decide whether we are governed by citizen legislators or career politicians,” a statement said.

Arkansas Term Limits claims the language of Issue #3 misled voters. The group says its initiative will bring back the original chamber limits passed by voters in 1992 and 2004 — a limit of three two-year terms in the House and two four-year terms in the Senate, along with a 10-year limit on overall service.

The group will need to gather 85-thousand voter signatures from across the state.

Arkansas Term Limits claims the text of the Issue #3 misled voters by stating that approval would be “setting term limits,” without explaining that “setting” meant “making less restrictive.”

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