Ark. House passes registration for paid canvassers

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas House has passed a bill that requires people paid to gather signatures for ballot proposals to register with the state and undergo training.

The House on Wednesday passed the bill 78-9, a vote that followed the Senate's approval last month. The bill goes to the governor for his signature.

Backers said the bill would make canvassers more accountable to the state and would discourage fraud. But opponents said the bill could impact volunteers and will make it harder to get proposed constitutional amendments and initiated acts on the ballot.

The bill by Sen. Keith Ingram, a Democrat from West Memphis, is part of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's legislative agenda and is in response to invalid signatures submitted for some measures last year.

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