Democrats Push For Legislature To Consider Finance And Ethics Measure

Mar 2, 2016

The Arkansas state Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

House and Senate Democrats are asking Gov. Asa Hutchinson to consider including a series of campaign finance and ethics measures on the agenda for next month's special session.

The Democratic leaders in both chambers submitted a package of measures they want the Republican governor to put on the call for the session, which is expected to begin April 6.

The proposals include a ban on state elected officials from forming or holding more than one political action committee and repealing a 30-day "cure period" allowed for certain campaign finance violations.

The package also includes legislation to require outside groups to disclose their donors and spending in campaigns. The proposal comes after Judicial Crisis Network, which isn't required by law to disclose its donors, spent more than $600,000 on television ads in the Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice race.