Besides deciding on a new US President, Fayetteville Mayor and local City Council Aldermen, you’ll find five other ballot issues when you vote this year. We’ll do our best to let you know what’s up with each one. Don’t hesitate to chime in and correct us if we’re wrong. Cool?
The Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 has four basic parts, however, the gist of it says that our state’s budgeting would move from a two-year cycle to an “every year” cycle requiring the General Assembly to meet annually with regular sessions.
Those who are in favor say that this would help to put more checks on the executive branch (Governor) while those who oppose it say the current system works fine since it allows time for appropriations in one year and oversight in the next.
Confused yet? Don’t worry, so are we.
What we do know, however, is that it is an Arkansas Republican Party-endorsed measure that seems to be centered around requiring more Legislature checks and balances for its Democrat counterparts. Democrats hold 75 seats in the House to the Republicans’ 25. Democrats also have 27 seats in the Senate compared with the Republicans’ eight.