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Attorney General appeals ruling on stricken 2013 petition law

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has appealed the ruling by Circuit Judge Mary Spencer McGowan striking portions of Act 1413 of 2013. As I reported here, Judge McGowan ruled that the Act was an unconstitutional infringement on the right of the people to petition. The appeal will likely be expedited, as the appeal transcript has already been picked up. 

This appeal will affect, for better or worse, the very first right guaranteed by the Arkansas Constitution — to petition the government for changes in laws. I've helped several counties through the local option initiative process, and the counties currently running these types of elections are watching closely.