New legislation filed Tuesday


LITTLE ROCK — Among measures filed Tuesday in the Legislature were:

• House Joint Resolution 1005 by Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado: To refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would make the seats on the state Supreme Court appointed, rather than elected, positions.

•HJR 1006 by Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville: To refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow counties to vote to abolish the office of constable.

• Senate Joint Resolution 8 by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest: To refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a nine-member Arkansas Apportionment Commission responsible for redrawing legislative district lines every 10 years. Three members would be appointed by the governor, three by the attorney general and three by the secretary of state.

• Senate Bill 290 by Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock: To reduce from $100 to $50 the cost of a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Permits would be $25 for veterans, people 60 and older, and people who have obtained temporary protection orders against others under the state’s Domestic Abuse Act.