Region 8 Legislators File Constitutional Amendments as Deadline Passes

FEBRUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 7:29 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Resolutions increasing the number of votes necessary and requiring annual legislative sessions are among constitutional amendments proposed by Arkansas lawmakers.

Legislators filed 18 proposed constitutional amendments yesterday, the last day to file amendments that might go before voters in 2008.

The constitution allows the Legislature to submit three amendments to the state's voters every two years.  After the deadline passes, both chambers will narrow down the choices and then work to agree on three to put on the general election ballot next year.

Senator Steve Bryles of Blytheville filed a proposal to change the state's term limits for state representatives from three two-year terms to five two-year terms.

Meanwhile, a proposal filed by Senator Paul Bookout of Jonesboro would require the Legislature to meet annually instead of every other year.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)