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Government Petition Rules Challenged

Posted: October 27, 2013 at 2:43 a.m.

A lawsuit filed recently to challenge new requirements for Arkansans seeking to initiate new laws or to let voters weigh in on passed legislation raises interesting questions about a process fundamental to government “by the people.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit against the state over a law that imposes new expectations on paid signature gatherers. Secretary of State Mark Martin is the named defendant. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Neil Sealy, director of Arkansas Community Organizations, and Paul Spencer, founder and co-chairman of Regnant Populus, a group that seeks a constitutional amendment to restrict gifts to elected oft cials.

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Opinion, Pages 12 on 10/27/2013

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