- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group seeking approval for a ballot item that would tighten Arkansas’ ethics rules for campaign finance and lobbying is being told by the Arkansas attorney general’s office that the proposal still needs more work.

The group Regnat Populus has combined elements of previous similar ballot items for its 2014 effort. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said Wednesday that its proposal contains a confusing passage about election spending.

If it makes the ballot, the measure would compete with a proposal advanced by the Legislature that would ban most lobbyist gifts to elected officials and corporate campaign contributions.

But the Legislature’s proposal would also loosen the state’s term limits restrictions, which has drawn criticism among some reform supporters.