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More signatures submitted for minimum wage act

August 19, 2014

Supporters of an act that would increase Arkansas' minimum wage submitted an additional 69,070 signatures to the Secretary of State's office Monday.

The petition fell short 15,107 valid signatures after the initial verification process and supporters were given an additional 30 days to collect signatures. The initiative needs 62,507 verified signatures to appear on the November ballot.

The Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage would increase the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017. The Secretary of State's office has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures to determine whether the act will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

A potential amendment that would allow alcohol sales throughout the Arkansas also turned in additional signatures. Supporters of the amendment submitted an additional 41,492 signatures last Friday. The petition lacked 17,000 signatures after the initial verification process.

The Secretary of State's office will spend the next 30 days verifying the newly submitted signatures to determine whether these two initiatives will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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