Several Laws Take Effect in Arkansas With New Year

JANUARY 3, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A handful of new laws greet Arkansans as the new year begins, from banning spending on certain outdoor lights to requiring a paper record for some electronic voting machines.

One law requires electronic voting machines to provide voters a paper record of their ballot so they can verify their vote.  The law applies to all electronic voting machines in use on or after January 1.

The paper records would not include individual voter information, and would be used for any potential recounts of an election.

Other new laws that took effect this month would:

-Raise the fee to file a civil lawsuit in district court from $35 to $50.

-Change the requirements to get an antique special license by requiring that collectors own and have registered one or more motor vehicles for regular travel.

-Change the boundaries of Washington and Benton counties.

-Require the state treasurer to make monthly distributions from the Property Tax Relief Trust Fund to each county treasurer.

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