AG rejects anti-tax initiative

(November 18, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Attorney General Mike Beebe's office rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with a number of taxes. The measure was by Oscar Stilley, a Fort Smith lawyer who has drawn the ire of judges from the state Supreme Court on down for his persistent court filings. Stilley's amendment would do away with personal property taxes, income taxes and taxes on used goods. Beebe says the proposal rejected yesterday contained numerous ambiguities and was misleading. Stilley can submit a rewritten version to Beebe's office and the measure could still be approved for possible inclusion on the ballot. If that happens, Stilley would have until July second to collect the 80-thousand-570 signatures of registered voters needed to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot.