Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
September 13th, 2018 • News

September 13, 2018

  • This is an election year, and Arkansas voters will not only elect a slate of candidates, they also will decide the fate of several important and very, very far-reaching ballot issues.
  • One proposed constitutional amendment would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits, and also limit the amounts that juries can award in punitive damages. It is commonly labeled the “tort reform” amendment.
  • Another proposed ballot measure would require voters to present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Opponents of the measure say that it would create unnecessary difficulties for the elderly and the poor, who are less likely to have a driver’s license or a passport. They say the amendment is unnecessary because we already have plenty of laws on the books to prosecute voter fraud.
  • Another proposed measure would authorize casino gambling in four Arkansas locations. Two would be in existing facilities in one in Crittenden County, at the Southland race track. Another would be in Hot Springs, at the Oaklawn horse racing track. If voters approve, the other two casinos would be in Russellville and in Pine Bluff.
  • Another proposal before Arkansas voters is an amendment that would limit the number of terms that legislators may serve. Now, legislators may serve 16 years in the General Assembly. The proposed amendment would lower that limit to 10 years, effective immedately. For instance in the year 2022, there would only be three senators that are now serving that would be eligible to serve an additional four year term.
  • The fifth ballot issue that voters will decide is a proposal to raise the minimum wage from $8.50 to $9.25 per hour in 2019. In 2020 it would go up to $10 per hour and then it would increase to $11 per hour on in 2021. Opponents of this measure have filed suit to keep the minimum wage measure off the ballot.
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