AR judge strikes down law that increased difficulty of ballot initiatives

By Dan Greenberg | The Arkansas Project

One of the most offensive bills that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last session was SB 821/Act 1413. This bill, which we warned the Legislature about, almost seemed designed to make it more difficult for citizens to pass laws by means of ballot initiatives.

Act 1413 created a new set of regulations that controlled the registration, tracking, and training of those who gathered signatures for petitions. Earlier this week, we were very pleased to see Judge McGowan’s decision to the effect that, because Act 1413 blocked Arkansans from exercising their rights to petition their government, it was therefore unconstitutional.

at The Arkansas Project.

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