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House sends initiative signatures bill to Ducey

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Legislation banning voter initiative backers from paying petition circulators for each signature they gather is on its way to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

Thursday’s final House vote on the proposal gives Republicans and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce a victory in one of their top priorities of the year. The Republican governor is likely to sign House Bill 2404.

Democrats and voting rights activists oppose the proposal, saying it will make it harder to get citizen initiatives on the ballot. They note it doesn’t apply to candidates for office.

The Chamber proposed the measure after voters approved a minimum wage increase opposed by business groups.

Republicans say the measure is needed to cut signature gathering fraud. Democrats note they showed no evidence there was fraud in the process.

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