Panel rejects ballot measure on court rules

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to change Arkansas' constitution to allow the Legislature to write court rules for civil cases and to set a cap on punitive damages has failed before a Senate panel.

    Senate members of a joint panel on constitutional amendments on Wednesday deadlocked 4-4 on a proposal to refer the proposed constitutional amendment to voters next year. The measure would have allowed the Legislature to enact laws regarding procedural or evidentiary matters in civil cases. The state Supreme Court currently has that authority.

    The joint panel advanced two other proposed constitutional amendments. One would require at least 90 percent of signatures submitted for ballot measures to be valid before supporters are given extra time to circulate petitions.

    The other would require legislative approval of an agency's administrative rules.

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