Ballot issues may be November draw

(February 23, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Ballot issues may be among Arkansas' biggest attractions in the November elections this year. Governor Huckabee has said he might spearhead a drive for massive consolidation of the schools. Gambling interests also may make another run with casino amendments that failed throughout the 1990s, and a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in Arkansas could go before voters if the attorney general O-K's the ballot title and popular name and if the measure gets enough voter signatures to put it to a vote. For certain, though, are three constitutional changes proposed by the Legislature. One would extend legislative term limits, another would authorize the Legislature to meet every year instead of every other year, and a third would raise the statewide minimum property tax for operating public schools from 25 mills to 28 mills.