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Initiative, referendum could raise complex legal questions (access required)

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The unique circumstances of a proposed citizen initiative to strengthen the Clean Elections system and the ways it may conflict with a campaign finance law overhaul passed by the Legislature this year could force the courts to unravel a series of complicated issues that would be the legal equivalent of figuring out a Rubik’s cube.

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Governor signs bill to repeal 2013 election reform law, kills referendum

Governor signs bill to repeal 2013 election reform law, kills referendum

It's official: Arizonans won't get the last word on a series of controversial changes in state election law. Without comment, Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Thursday to repeal the 2013 law. More to the point, by repealing the law the governor killed the referendum drive that had held up enactment until the voters made the final decision.

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Reforming election reform (access required)

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Debate over HB2305 continues after opponents gather enough signatures to put it on the ballot

Groups opposing the state’s election reform law rejoiced on Oct. 29 when the secretary of state concluded the referendum against the law has enough signatures to appear on the 2014 ballot.

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Legislative attorney: Referendum valid

A legal opinion Legislative Council issued late last month to Ugenti concluded that the portion of the health care BRB (Laws 2013, First Special Session, Chapter 10) that authorizes the AHCCCS director to administer and collect a hospital assessment is subject to the Constitution’s referendum powers “because it provides monies to meet the costs of functions the agency does not currently have.”

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