Thursday, April 2, 2015

Good Government’ Amendment Now Goes to Voters

LITTLE ROCK - Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after the legislature approved Sen. Eddie Williams’ (R-Cabot) proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), to be given to the voters and placed on the ballot in November 2016:

“Currently, the governor is unable to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state. Sen. Williams’ proposed constitutional amendment will change this outdated provision of the Arkansas Constitution. In this day and age, with technology and the ability to stay connected, it’s the right thing to do. Just as the president retains his or her powers when absent from the country, the governor should retain his or her powers when absent from the state. This is simply good government, and I will continue to advocate for this common sense reform.

“I applaud the persistence and leadership of Sen. Williams and look forward to seeing this amendment on the ballot in November.”

SJR 3 will allow the governor to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state.

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