Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Ethics, Campaign Rules

Apr 18, 2013

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced an effort to outlaw most lobbyist gifts to elected officials, ban corporate campaign contributions and loosen term limits for state lawmakers.  

The Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Thursday approved a proposal to let voters decide on adding a package of ethics and campaign finance rules to the state's constitution.

A previous version of the proposal cleared the House earlier this month, but was rejected earlier this week when the backers sought to make several minor changes to the bill.  

The panel also endorsed another proposed amendment that would have made it harder for people to get their proposals on the Arkansas ballot.  

Both measures now head the House and Senate. If approved, they would appear on the 2014 ballot.