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Question No. 1 - Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal, and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007

Summary: Shall the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission be authorized to issue General Obligation bonds under the authority of the Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007, for the financing and refinancing of the development of water, waste disposal, water pollution control, abatement and prevention, drainage, irrigation, flood control, and wetlands and aquatic resources projects to serve the citizens of the State of Arkansas, in total principal amount not to exceed Three Hundred Million Dollars ($300,000,000), with no more than One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000) of such bonds to be issued to finance and refinance the development of irrigation facilities, in series from time to time in principal amounts not to exceed, without prior approval of the General Assembly, Sixty Million Dollars ($60,000,000) in any fiscal biennium, which bonds shall be secured by a pledge of the full faith and credit of the State of Arkansas?

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Constitutional Amendment No. 1 - Amendment Concerning Voting, Qualifications of Voters and Election Officers, and the time of Holding General Elections

Summary: Amending various provisions of the state constitution concerning voting and elections; providing that all persons may vote who are citizens of the U.S., residents of the state, at least 18, and lawfully registered to vote; to repeal the requirement that the right to vote shall not be made to depend on any previous registration of an elector's name; repealing Article 3, Section 5 of the constitution providing that no idiot or insane person shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector; and permitting the General Assembly to establish the date and time of elections and the qualifications of election officers.

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Constitutional Amendment No. 2 - To Reduce the Period for Which Appropriations Bills are Valid from Two to One Fiscal Year; to Require the General Assembly to Meet in a Limited Fiscal Session duirng Even-Numbered Years to Consider Appropriations Bills; and to Establish Length of Sessions

Summary: Amendment providing that no legislative appropriation shall be for a period longer than one year, providng for a fiscal legislative session, requiring the General Assembly to meet every year with regular sessions continuing to be held in odd-numbered years and fiscal sessions held in even-numbered years, unless the General Assembly votes otherwise, and allowing the General Assembly to consider non-fiscal matters during a fiscal session upon approval of two-thirds of both houses.

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Constitutional Amendment No. 3 - An Amendment Authorizing the General Assembly to Establish, Operate, and Regulate State Lotteries to Fund Scholarships and Grants for Arkansas Citizens Enrolled in Certified State Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Summary: Would amend the constitution authorizing the enactment of laws to establish, operate, and regulate state lotteries; requiring proceeds to be used solely to pay the operating expense of lotteries and to fund/provide scholarships and grants to citizens of the state enrolled in public and private non-profit two-year and four-year colleges located within the state that are certified according to criteria established by the General Assembly; declaring lottery proceeds to be cash funds held in a trust separate from the state treasury; and declaring that this amendment doesn't affect in any way Amendment 84 of the Arkansas Constitution or games of bingo and raffles permitted therein.

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Act No. 1 - An Act Providing that an Individual who is Cohabitating Outside of a Valid Marriage may not Adopt or be a Foster Parent of a Child Less than 18 Years Old

Summary: Provides that a minor may not be adopted or placed in a foster home if the individual seeking to adopt or serve as a foster parent is living with a sexual partner outside of a marriage which is valid under the constitution and laws of this state; states that the prohibition applies equally to cohabitating opposite-sex and same-sex individuals; that the public policy of the state is to favor marriage over unmarried cohabitation with regard to adoption and foster car; declares on behalf of the people of the state that it is in the best interest of children to be reared in homes in which adoptive or foster paretns are not cohabitating outside of marriage.

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