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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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Fit to be tied: Republican lawmakers say Prop. 105 is too restrictive

The chorus of lawmakers calling for an overhaul of the Voter Protection Act quieted to a low murmur in 2011, but supporters say the dormant issue will be back on the Legislature’s agenda next year.

Several Republican legislators said they will revive their plans to change Proposition 105, the 1998 ballot measure that strictly limits the Legislature’s ability to tamper with voter-approved measures.

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3 questions to ask all candidates

I know there will be plenty to debate regarding immigration, but I assume much time will also be given to the fiscal health of Arizona and to sensible state laws. Along that line, here are three questions people should ask political candidates as we get closer to the election:

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First Things First flush with cash — for now (access required)

When lawmakers voted in March to put the referendum on the ballot — a measure that would sweep and dismantle the Early Childhood Development and Health Board Fund — they expected it to put about $325 million into the state’s cash-starved coffers. But as of Sept. 1, the agency had about $100 million more than that on hand.

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