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Ariz. measure would repeal immunity for lawmakers

A proposed referendum would ask voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to delete the partial immunity from arrest that is now granted to state legislators during and right before sessions.

The resolution for the referendum was proposed by Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat who filed an ethics complaint that resulted in the resignation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard on Friday.

Bundgaard denied it but police testified that the Peoria Republican invoked the constitutional protection from arrest after a domestic violence incident last February.

If approved by voters, legislators still would have protection from civil court proceedings during and right before sessions.

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