- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A key term-limit advocate says he will propose a constitutional amendment limiting state lawmakers to a maximum of 10 years in the Arkansas Legislature.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1JXfn1k ) reports that Tim Jacob, who had led community opposition last November against an amendment that increased the length of time lawmakers would be allowed to serve, says his group is going through procedure to qualify their proposed amendment for the 2016 general election ballot.

Amendment 94, approved by voters last November, increased the length of time that lawmakers would be allowed to serve in the legislature to a maximum of 16 years. Jacob’s organization reported spending more than $550,000 in its attempt to defeat the proposal.

Jacob says their new amendment will limit state representatives to six years in office and senators to eight years. Lawmakers will also be limited to a maximum of 10 years in either chamber. He believes their proposal will have “a great chance” of being approved because term limits have been politically popular in the past 20 years.

“I’m sure a lot of people still don’t know (the amount of time lawmakers can serve) was extended,” Jacob said.

Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, one of the lawmakers who proposed Amendment 94, was surprised by Jacob’s new venture.

“I think we already have term limits, and they are called elections,” said Woods. “Term limits work against what people want.”


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

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