Issue 1 - An Amendment Concerning Civil Lawsuits and the Powers of the General Assembly
and Supreme Court to Adopt Court Rules
Issue 1 is being challenged in court
Know before you vote
On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to see the rest of it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 1.
Watch our specialists explain Issue 1 in the video below.
To make changes to Section 32 (Workmen’s Compensation Laws – Actions for Personal Injuries). This section would:
To change Section 3 (Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Procedure) of Amendment 80 (Qualifications of Justice and Judges). This section would:
To change Section 9 (Annulment of Amendment of Rules) of Amendment 80 (Qualifications of Justice and Judges). Specifically, this section would:
How did Issue 1 get on the ballot?
Arkansas senators and representatives voted last year to put Issue 1 on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot for voters to decide.
On July 12, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove Issue 1 from the November ballot. The lawsuit is working its way through the court system and a ruling will be made before Election Day. You can read the lawsuit here.
Update: A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge ruled that Issue 1 should be removed from the ballot. The judge's decision has been appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which will ultimately decide whether Issue 1 will remain on the ballot for voters to decide.
Who is supporting or opposing this measure?
Supporters and opponents that spend money to campaign on this issue are required to register with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as a ballot or legislative question committee. Visit the Commission's website to view these filings, which include names of people behind a group and how much money has been raised or spent.
Multiple groups have filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to financially support or oppose Issue 1. These groups include: