- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of stricter term limits for Arkansas elected officials are shifting their focus to 2018 after failing to make the November ballot this year.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the maximum amount of time lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 16 years to 10 years and limiting lawmakers to three two-year terms in the House and two four-year terms in the Senate.

Rutledge’s certification clears the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures to try and put the measure on the 2018 ballot. A group behind an identical proposal said earlier this month it was unable to gather the required signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

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