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Arkansas Legislative Update for August
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 7:00 AM

Term Limits – Issue 3

The Arkansas Secretary of State Office announced Aug. 3 that Arkansas term limits will appear as a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot as Issue 3. The current term limit is 16 years for the Arkansas House and Senate, which was previously approved by voters in 2014. 

If approved in November, this proposed amendment would limit lawmakers to three two-year House terms and two four-year Senate terms, and would limit legislators to 10 years of cumulative service in either chamber. Full years of a partial term would count as part of the 10 years. 

The effective date for the new term limits rule would be Jan. 1, 2019, but would not invalidate or cut short terms that begin with an election prior to that date. Also, it includes banning the General Assembly from amending this constitutional amendment, as follows in part:

"… the General Assembly does not have authority to propose an amendment to the Constitution to amend or repeal term limits for the House of Representatives or Senate. The power to propose an amendment to the Constitution to amend or repeal term limits for the House of Representatives or Senate is reserved to the people under Article 5, Section 1 of the Constitution..."

2018 Candidate Information

The Arkansas Secretary of State website has a complete list of state candidates running for office. Follow this link to find a complete list if you "sort by position." State representative candidates’ districts are not listed in numerical order.

Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force Update

The Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 created the task force to explore future tax reform. The task force is required to complete a report by Sept. 1, 2018. The report will include proposals for tax cuts and job growth. Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Task Force proposals will likely be considered during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session.  

The Task Force had a variety of subjects (25) this week, including an increased cigarette tax, road user fee for electric and hybrid vehicles, and collections from remote sellers. The task force saw presentations from a scoring company, as well various agencies. We should know by next month what they will be proposing.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Arkansas Credit Union Association lobbyist Ron Harrod at 501-944-3068 or rharrod@sbcglobal.net.