Lawmakers refer 3 issues to voters in 2020

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The 92nd General Assembly wrapped up this week, with state lawmakers passing more than 800 new laws. 

They also referred three issues to voters to consider in the 2020 election. 

The first ballot initiative would cover the bulk of the funding for the governor’s $300 million longterm highway plan. It would permanently extend a half-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2012. 

The second would make it more difficult for Arkansans to change the state Constitution. 

Many lawmakers have opposed previous ballot initiatives that ended up passing, like medical marijuana and casinos. 

The third would limit state lawmakers to serving 12 consecutive years in office. 

“It changes term limits from lifetime to successive with a four-year waiting period before someone can run again,” says St. Sen Alan Clark, R- Lonsdale.

Voters could have two term limit proposals to consider on the 2020 ballot. 

Last month, a ballot committee filed its own proposal to set the maximum at 10 years. 

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck a similar proposal from the 2018 ballot. 

State lawmakers are now term-limited at 16 years. 

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