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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Do voters know what they're doing?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I've received anecdotal accounts that suggest confusion on the part of voters on Initiated Act 1. Maybe. I'm not ready to alibi just yet.

But what about Amendment 2, which will now require annual legislative sessions? Does the public official-wary Arkansas voter really think it is better to bring this crowd to Arkansas every year? I just don't think so. Attention focuses on the first sentence of the amendment. Did it sound to the uninformed like a blow for fiscal responsibility?

"An amendment providing that no legislative appropriation shall be for a period longer than one year."

Sounds like the model of sound financial management doesn't it? It doesn't sound like a massive increase in legislative expenses and exponential growth in opportunities for mischief, does it?

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