Arizona Federal Action Rejection Initiative (2012)

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The Arizona Federal Action Rejection Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arizona as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would allow state voters to reject federal action by way of veto referendum. The measure was filed in April 3, 2012 by the group Checks and Balances In Government.[1]


The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:

  • According to Jack Biltis, the sponsor of the measure, his reason for the proposal was in part because of fears of a socialized health care system. Biltis said, "Well, I’m originally from Canada and I’ve seen how socialized medicine affects everybody. I’ve seen my father-in-law die in a socialized medicine bed and I don’t want it to happen to the people of the U.S. Pretty straightforward.”[2]

Path to the ballot

According to reports, petition drive organizers must have collected 259,213 valid signatures from registered voters by the July 5, 2012 petition drive deadline in order to make the ballot.

On the day of the deadline, July 5, supporters turned in signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State's office, however the measure was not certified.[3]

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