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Strengthening Our Communities: Arkansas Ballot Issue 2

Arkansas voters will decide three ballot issues in the upcoming November general election, referred to them by the Arkansas Legislature. The second proposal, Issue 2, is a constitutional amendment that would end lifetime term limits for state lawmakers. 

Right now, state senators and representatives can serve a maximum of 16 years in the legislature. If approved by voters, Issue 2 would reduce that maximum to 12 years in office, but lawmakers would be eligible to serve again after a four-year break. Issue 2 proposes counting partial two-year terms that senators serve following a census toward their 12-year term limit. 

Current members of the House and Senate, and those elected this fall, would still be allowed to serve 16 years in the legislature. They would be eligible for re-election and could serve again four years after their last term expires. 

For more information about this issue and others, visit uaex.edu/ballot.