Plan to add ethics rules to Ark. constitution OK'd

    9:47 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
    Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A panel of Arkansas lawmakers says voters should decide whether to add campaign finance and ethics rules to the state's constitution.

    The Legislature's Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments voted Friday to advance a proposed amendment that would restrict corporate campaign contributions and gifts, extend term limits and establish a commission to set the pay for elected officials.

    The measures also would double the amount of time former lawmakers must wait before becoming a lobbyist and place restrictions on gifts that lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.

    Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin and Republican Sen. Jon Woods are sponsoring the proposal, one of 37 plans to amend the state constitution that lawmakers are considering. The Legislature can refer to voters no more than three proposed constitutional amendments.

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