Monday, October 22, 2012

Attorney general throws wrinkle in ethics drive

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who proved remarkably malleable in keeping Arkansas's existing monopoly casinos happy when it came to ballot initiative approval and disapproval, is proving pretty ticky when it comes to a new ballot initiative on stronger official ethics.

He's rejected certification of the new proposal to limit corporate campaign contributions and expand a ban on lobbyist wining and dining to state constitutional officers as well as legislators.

McDaniel's review found a date discrepancy — an effective date of 2014 in one part of the measure and 2016 in another — and ambiguities related to the addition of constitutional officers to those covered.

Can a petition now get approved in time for circulation at the Nov. 6 election, as Regnat Populus committee members had hoped? Given the speed at which McDaniel's office works, except when working in the interests of the monopoly casinos, it might be difficult. The group will still have far longer to seek signatures than in the last effort. McDaniel said he couldn't possibly certify this new proposal in its current form, though it's all but identical, with the exception of covering seven more people, to an earlier measure he approved.

McDaniel never liked this ethics proposal. He has received corporate money of the sort that would be outlawed by the measure.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Mr. Gianforte, a question? Mr. Gianforte?

    Politico says howdy to the Bruiser from Bozeman, Greg Gianforte. They'll have questions for the new congressman, who faces assault charges because he wasn't happy about a reporter's inquiries.
    • May 27, 2017
  • Abuse continues at Alexander juvenile center

    David Ramsey, writing for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, reports on the firing of a guard for choking a child at the Alexander Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center, a lockup for juvenile offenders.
    • May 27, 2017
  • A new Trump on Twitter?

    Has a calmer — or edited — Donald Trump emerged on Twitter?
    • May 27, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation