Gov. Mike Beebe (D) said he would support a potential ethics reform proposal on the same day that former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and Lisenne Rockfeller, widow of former Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, endorsed the effort.
Beebe told the Associated Press that if the proposal makes the ballot, he'd vote for it.
“An initiative that limits outside influences on government can help build the trust that people deserve to have in their public officials. I've always worked to help restore our people's faith in their government, and I plan to vote for this act if it makes it onto the ballot,” Beebe said in a subsequent statement from his office.
The Campaign Finance and Lobbying Reform Act of 2012, which would be listed as Initiated Act 1 if it qualifies for the ballot, is a citizens’ initiative aiming to alter campaign finance and lobbying laws in the state.
It would disallow direct corporate and union contributions to state political campaigns and lengthen the “cooling-off” period that legislators must wait after leaving office before they return as lobbyists from 1 year to 2 years. It would also ban any gifts by lobbyists to legislators, sometimes called “the Walmart rule” referring to the company’s strict policy of banning as much as a cup of coffee to be bought for an elected official.
The measure's supporters are pursuing collection of at least 62,507 valid voter signatures by July 6 in an effort to qualify it for the November ballot.
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