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Griffin: ‘Good Government’ Amendment Now Goes to Voters

April 02, 2015

Says, will ‘continue to advocate’ for this ‘common sense reform’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after the legislature approved Sen. Eddie Williams’ (R-Cabot) proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), to be given to the voters and placed on the ballot in November 2016:

“Currently, the governor is unable to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state. Sen. Williams’ proposed constitutional amendment will change this outdated provision of the Arkansas Constitution. In this day and age, with technology and the ability to stay connected, it’s the right thing to do. Just as the president retains his or her powers when absent from the country, the governor should retain his or her powers when absent from the state. This is simply good government, and I will continue to advocate for this common sense reform.

“I applaud the persistence and leadership of Sen. Williams and look forward to seeing this amendment on the ballot in November.”

SJR 3 will allow the governor to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.



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