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Arizona House approves changes to “Resign to Run” law

Rep. John Kavanagh (File Photo)

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill making it easier for elected officials to launch campaigns for another office without triggering the state’s “Resign to Run” law.

Current law requires officials not in the last year of their term to resign their seat once they make a formal announcement that they’re running or they file official paperwork with the Secretary of State. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh’s bill will end what he calls the “charade” of politicians essentially lying to the public about only exploring a run for another office when everyone knows they’re running.

Kavanagh’s bill would redefine official candidacy to only include the formal paperwork filing.

The House approved the bill on a 40-19 vote Monday afternoon. It now goes to the Senate for action.

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