Ark. Senate backs registration of paid canvassers

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would require paid signature gatherers for ballot measures to register with the state and go through a training program.

The Senate voted 29-1 Tuesday to approve the bill aimed at tightening the regulations for campaigns that seek to put measures on the ballot in Arkansas. The proposal is part of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's legislative agenda and is in response to invalid signatures submitted for some measures last year.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis would require paid canvassers to register with the state and to complete a training program established by the state Board of Election Commissioners.

The Senate approved another bill by Ingram that requires ballot measure campaigns to disclose more information, including names of paid canvassers.

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