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Arkansas attorney general approves 4 ballot measures hours after high court's ruling

By Rachel Herzog , John Moritz

This article was originally published May 23, 2018 at 1:10 p.m. Updated May 23, 2018 at 6:52 p.m.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge


Hours after being told by the state's highest court to take action in approving one ballot measure on her desk, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved four Wednesday.

In a news release, Rutledge's office announced that she was certifying the wording of two proposals to expand casino gambling, one to raise the minimum wage and one to amend the redistricting process.

The backers of the certified proposals now have a little more than a month to gather and submit more than 84,859 signatures. Those are due to the secretary of state's office by July 6.

"To be clear, today's certifications do not prevent a citizen from legally challenging a ballot proposal once the required number of signatures are submitted to the Arkansas Secretary of State," Rutledge said in a statement. "Therefore, it is a real possibility that any one or all of the certified proposals will not appear on the ballot in November."

The state Supreme Court granted Little Rock attorney David Couch's petition to expedite proceedings regarding the minimum wage measure earlier Wednesday.

Rutledge has refused to certify the popular name and ballot title for the proposal three times in the last month. The initiative would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022.

"It is clear that General Rutledge does not want the citizens of Arkansas to be able to vote on whether or not the minimum wage should be raised," Couch said Tuesday in a written statement.

The popular name briefly describes the proposal, and a ballot title is a lengthier summary. Both appear on ballots.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report Michael R. Wickline contributed to this report.

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RBear says... May 23, 2018 at 1:34 p.m.

This is good and fair. Rutledge has used her “authority” to oversee ballot language as a way to block anything she disagrees with. She created this mess by rejecting ballot measures for the past year and a half. Let’s see what she can come up with if she doesn’t like the wording.

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GOHOGS19 says... May 23, 2018 at 4:46 p.m.

why not make it $50 per hour? then everyone will be rich

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3WorldState1 says... May 23, 2018 at 6:17 p.m.

Agreed. She has been blocking everything with zero reason behind it.

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mrcharles says... May 23, 2018 at 8:43 p.m.

She should smile ONCE in a while.

She does want dirty air and water so she ain't sgainnnn everything.

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RBBrittain says... May 23, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

@GOHOGS19: That decision should be made by voters, not the AG; that's why they sued, and rightfully won. I also noticed she went back to the original ballot title on the minimum wage proposal, which was the best one; her constantly demanding explanations of terms from existing law, then once they did so reject the title as too long (a valid reason per case law), only proved what she was doing. The ballot title only has to explain the changes it makes from current law, NOT explain current law as the AG claimed.

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