By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror
Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill adding new restrictions on the citizen initiative process, with a new provision that grants the state’s attorney general the power to alter the wording on the ballot that explains to voters what a measure will do.
Meanwhile, lawmakers rejected a proposal making it illegal to pay for voter registration efforts on a per-voter basis, and punted on a proposal that would require statewide citizen initiatives to collect a portion of their signatures from each legislative district.
On a party line 31-29 vote, the House passed Senate Bill 1451 on Wednesday. It now goes back to the state Senate, which must sign off on the amended bill.
The bill would impose a handful of new restrictions on the citizen initiative process and the people who collect signatures to refer such measures to the ballot.