Ballot Initiative Resubmitted on Adoption, Foster Limits - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Ballot Initiative Resubmitted on Adoption, Foster Limits

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would exclude unmarried couples from adoptions or foster care submitted a revised version yesterday.

The wording of an earlier version was accepted by the state attorney general's office.  The new version of the proposed initiated act would declare married couples the best guardians for Arkansas children.

The conservative Family Council group submitted the revised ballot proposal, along with a new popular name.  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had certified the group's original proposal, and cleared the way for supporters to collect voter signatures.

Family Council director Jerry Cox says the revised proposal is better than the first version.

McDaniel last week certified language for the initiated act, clearing the way for the council to gather the 62,000 signatures necessary to put the act on the ballot.  But McDaniel said in a statement days later that he personally opposed the measure.  Governor Beebe also said he opposes the measure because of the adoption restrictions.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Highway 351 crash left driver injured, ASP investigates

    Highway 351 crash left driver injured, ASP investigates

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:46:11 GMT
    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:35:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Emergency crews responded to a crash on Highway 351 near the Craighead/Greene County line Sunday night. 

    Emergency crews responded to a crash on Highway 351 near the Craighead/Greene County line Sunday night. 

  • Event teaches diversity, officials say

    Event teaches diversity, officials say

    Sunday, August 20 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-08-20 22:24:56 GMT
    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:23 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:23:03 GMT
    At least 150 students at A-State attended a diversity mixer Sunday in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT)At least 150 students at A-State attended a diversity mixer Sunday in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT)

    At least 150 A-State students had the opportunity Sunday to get to know one another, building friendships and learning about the university that may be their home for the next four years. 

    At least 150 A-State students had the opportunity Sunday to get to know one another, building friendships and learning about the university that may be their home for the next four years. 

  • A-State freshmen are introduced to the university

    A-State freshmen are introduced to the university

    Sunday, August 20 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-08-20 22:16:27 GMT
    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:00:51 GMT
    A-State faculty walk into the Convocation Center Sunday for the first-year convocation event. (Source: KAIT)A-State faculty walk into the Convocation Center Sunday for the first-year convocation event. (Source: KAIT)

    The newest students at Arkansas State University had the opportunity Sunday to learn about the school's traditions and what their future holds at college. 

    The newest students at Arkansas State University had the opportunity Sunday to learn about the school's traditions and what their future holds at college. 

Powered by Frankly