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    Ark. lawmakers propose ballot measures for 2012

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Eliminating some of the state's constitutional offices and restricting the lottery commission's spending among the constitutional amendments Arkansas lawmakers would like to see on the ballot in 2012.

    Dozens of proposed constitutional amendments were submitted by lawmakers to meet the Wednesday deadline. The Legislature can refer up to three measures to place on the 2012 ballot.

    One proposal by Democratic Sen. Robert Thompson of Paragould would merge the state treasurer's office with state auditor and the secretary of state's office with lieutenant governor. It would also eliminate the state land commissioner and allow the Legislature to set salaries for constitutional officers.

    Another measure by Republican Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton would require that 35 percent of the state lottery's proceeds be used to fund scholarships.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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