March 21, 2017 12:46 PM
Anti-Term Limit State Senator INDICTED for 13 Felonies
In 2014, Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods scammed the voters of his state. He had them vote on a measure that said it was “establishing term limits,” when in reality it destroyed the term limits that had existed for 20 years. Woods’ scam also scored a 150 percent pay hike for himself and fellow lawmakers. Woods called it the “ethics amendment.”
Now, Woods has been indicted on 13 felony counts of bribery and fraud. He is charged with steering hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars to a private college in exchange for big, fat bribes. State Representative Micah Neal, a fellow anti-term limits lawmaker and Woods’ alleged co-conspirator, has already pleaded guilty.
Woods helped Neal secure $600,000 in state funds to Ecclesia College, allegedly for tens of thousands in kickbacks.
“I do know this confirms what I’ve always suspected about Jon Woods,” wrote Max Brantley in the Arkansas Times. “He never had a job. He bragged about the good life he lived off state pay, per diem, travel and the hog slopping legislators enjoy. I should mention, too, that he was the architect of the so-called ethics amendment that provided a path to 1) longer terms in office; 2) higher pay; 3) an end-around an end to wining and dining restrictions despite the appearance that’s what voters had done.”
Former Sen. Woods does deserve a longer term . . . in jail. It’s clear he saw term limits as the only thing stopping him from living off the taxpayer gravy train forever. And that’s why he worked so hard to get rid of those limits.
State term limits activists are currently gathering the more than 100,000 signatures they need on petitions to place their original, stricter term limits on the 2018 ballot and allow Arkansans an honest vote. U.S. Term Limits is proud to be a part of this Restore Term Limits Initiative to flush out corruption in the Natural State.
Yesterday’s Obamacare vote is all the reason we must have term limits – we have too many people in our government who are paid off by the lobbyists. We must change this if we are going to drain the swamp.