LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court's chief justice has removed himself from hearing a challenge to a ballot measure that would limit damages awarded in lawsuits and give the Legislature control over state court rules.

Chief Justice Dan Kemp on Thursday recused himself from the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that disqualified the proposed constitutional amendment from the November ballot.

A Pulaski County judge last week ruled the proposal unconstitutionally combines disparate proposals into one measure.

Kemp gave no reason for the recusal in a one-sentence letter filed with the court, but the chief justice has spoken out previously against the measure.

Separately, Kemp also recused himself from one of two cases challenging a casino legalization ballot measure.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will have to name special justices for the cases.