Central High students protest on Capitol steps

Arkansas LEARNS Act referendum submitted a third time

BY: - May 19, 2023

A group pursuing a ballot referendum to overturn the LEARNS Act hopes the third time’s the charm.  Citizens for Arkansas Public Education and Students (CAPES) resubmitted its ballot title proposal Friday following a second rejection by the attorney general’s office last week. The group’s goal is to place the issue on the 2024 ballot so […]

Central High students protesting with signs

Arkansas attorney general rejects LEARNS referendum title a second time

BY: - May 11, 2023

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin has again rejected a proposed ballot title from a group pursuing a petition referendum to overturn the LEARNS Act. In a six-page letter, Griffin deemed the proposed popular name legally sufficient, but said the proposed ballot title must be redesigned because it doesn’t adequately summarize the LEARNS Act, fails to […]

Little Rock Central High School students protesting on the Arkansas Capitol steps

Arkansas attorney general rejects LEARNS Act referendum title

BY: - April 24, 2023

This story was updated at 4:25 p.m. Attorney General Tim Griffin on Monday rejected the ballot title submitted by a group pursuing a petition referendum to overturn the LEARNS Act, the expansive education law signed into law by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders in March.  The Arkansas Constitution allows citizens to, by petition, order the referendum […]

Ballot propositions in five states, including Arkansas, would legalize marijuana, adding to a growing list of states defying federal law. This photo is from the 2021 march in Washington against the federal laws that criminalize cannabis.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Weed on the ballot: Voters could approve legal marijuana in 5 more states

BY: - November 3, 2022

Midterm voters in five states will determine if they should join the growing list of places where recreational marijuana use is allowed, even as any use of the drug is still illegal under federal law. Referendums to legalize recreational use of marijuana are on Nov. 8 ballots in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota and North […]