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Measure Details

An Amendment Providing that Appropriation Bills Are Valid for One Fiscal Year; to Require the General Assembly to Meet in Fiscal Session during Even-Numbered Years; and to Set Length of Sessions

Arkansas Ballot Measure - Amendment 2

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Budget, Spending and Taxes
Government Operations
Legislative Branch

Summary

The General Assembly shall meet in regular session on the second Monday in January of each odd-numbered year to consider any bill or resolution. The General Assembly may alter the time at which the regular session begins.

Beginning in 2010, the General Assembly shall meet in fiscal session on the second Monday in February of each even-numbered year to consider only appropriation bills. The General Assembly may alter the time at which the fiscal session begins.

A bill other than an appropriation bill may be considered in a fiscal session if two-thirds (2/3) of the members of each house of the General Assembly approve consideration of the bill.

The General Assembly, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly, may alter the dates of the regular session and fiscal session so that regular sessions occur in even-numbered years and the fiscal sessions occur in odd-numbered years.

The regular biennial session shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days in duration, unless extended by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. The regular biennial session shall not exceed seventy five (75) calendar days in duration, unless extended by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly.

A fiscal session shall not exceed thirty (30) calendar days in duration, except that by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly a fiscal session my be extended on (1) time by no more than fifteen (15) calendar days.

Makes appropriations bills valid for one fiscal year, rather than two.

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