Faced with concerns from fellow lawmakers, Rep. Jimmy Gazaway, R-Paragould, on Wednesday pulled down legislation that would attempt to expose who donates to groups that buy ads to influence appellate court elections.
Gazaway's bill, House Bill 1705, cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with broad support.
But the next day, in the full House, there were concerns with the bill. Gazaway said he was willing to try to find an agreement to ease those concerns in the Senate, though he promised no amendments.
"We've not heard what the specific language is," said Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle.
"We lose control of this bill if we pass it out today."
The bill would require the disclosure of donors by groups that spend money on ads in an attempt to influence the public's perception of judicial candidates.
The bill is a response to years of negative ads being bought by out-of-state "dark money" groups in races for the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
However, some in-state groups, such as the Arkansas Family Council, have said the bill would affect their operations.
-- John Moritz