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House committee OKs bill for voters to kill Clean Elections

Clean Elections Commission logo620A House committee has passed a measure asking voters to eliminate the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

The voter referral sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott passed the House Elections Committee on a 6-2 vote Monday. The bill moves to a floor vote pending a standard review.

The committee also passed an amendment by Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti of Scottsdale that gives the commission’s $9 million to the general fund rather than schools.

The question would be on the 2016 ballot if the House approves SCR1001.

Pierce says after more than 15 years it’s time for voters to re-evaluate clean elections and public campaign financing.

Opponents argue that it’s wrong to force voters to choose between clean elections and funding schools. 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