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Panel to meet after courts rule on Prop 204 description

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A legislative committee meets Thursday in response to court orders that it must change its official description of a ballot measure falls short of being a required impartial analysis.

The Arizona Supreme Court last week upheld a trial judge’s ruling on the Legislative Council’s description of an initiative proposing a sales tax increase.

That description will go in the state’s election publicity pamphlet that gets mailed to voter households.

The Supreme Court says the description must note that the proposed penny-on-the-dollar increase would take effect when an earlier temporary increase expires.

Other provisions needing to be deleted or revised deal with the Legislature’s ability to change what types of sales are taxed and who qualifies as a resident for scholarships funded by the proposed tax increase.

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