A 2012 Constitutional Amendment is at the center of an Arkansas lawsuit.
The lawsuit questions the legality of spending money under Amendment 91 on highways larger than four lanes. Plaintiffs have asked a judge to freeze all funding until the issue has been litigated.
The lawsuit argues that a plain reading of the constitutional amendment only allows for improvements to four and two lane highways being widened to four lanes. Amendment 91 dictates how the state’s $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program will be spent.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the other four defendants have argued that the use of the amendment on funding is constitutional. The issue at hand is the spending on an Interstate 630 widening project and on two future projects to widen sections of Interstate 30.