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Appellants, a group of inmates incarcerated for certain methamphetamine offenses, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment, writ of mandamus, and writ of prohibition, alleging that Act 1782 was an unconstitutional repeal of the sunset clause of the statutory provision that required persons convicted of certain methamphetamine offenses to serve seventy percent of their sentence prior to being eligible for parole. Specifically, Appellants asserted that the seventy-percent provision as it applied to methamphetamine-related offenses should not be applied to their sentences. The circuit court found that the Act was lawfully enacted and dismissed the action. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Act 1782 did not unconstitutionally repeal Ark. Code Ann. 29-30-162 and 29-30-163.