Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Medicaid Referendum

May 7, 2013

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to ask voters to approve a new law that would use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

McDaniel's office on Tuesday rejected the wording of a proposed referendum on the "private option" that lawmakers approved this year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment. The wording of the referendum must be certified by McDaniel's office before supporters can begin gathering signatures to place it on next year's ballot.

McDaniel said the measure submitted failed to summarize the substance of the legislation the group wished to refer to voters.

The measure was submitted by Glenn Gallas of Hot Springs, who formed a group called Arkansans Against Big Government that opposed the private option law.