LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to impose stricter term limits on legislators, giving supporters an opportunity to place the measure on next year's general election ballot.
Rutledge's office on Thursday certified the proposed constitutional amendment which would reduce the maximum amount of time lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 16 years to 10. The proposal would limit lawmakers to three two-year terms in the House and two four-year terms in the Senate.
Voters last year approved an amendment that allowed lawmakers to serve 16 years without a limit of how much of that time could be served in either chamber.
Rutledge's certification means supporters can begin gathering the more than 84,000 signature needed to qualify for next year's ballot.