- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court is reinstating most parts of a law that placed tighter regulations on the petition-gathering process for ballot issues in the state.

The case stems from a 2013 challenge by grassroots groups, who use the process to propose laws to Arkansas residents. They had argued the law violated the state constitution and rights of due process, equal protection, petition and free speech.

A Pulaski County circuit judge had put an injunction on the law after finding it unconstitutional, saying it was illegally vague and that it would hamper the petitioning process.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1CGsHr6 ) reports the state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the lower court’s ruling. It determined only two parts of the law were unconstitutional and put the law back into place without them.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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