Arizona I&R Revenue Source Amendment (2010)

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The Arizona Initiative and Referendum Revenue Source Amendment, or Senate Concurrent Resolution 1031, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Arizona. Senator Jorge Luis Garcia introduced the resolution during the week of February 8, 2010 to the Arizona Legislature.

The proposed measure would have required that any local initiative or referendum had to provide a source of money to support it's measure and the effects it would cause if enacted by voters. In addition, the potential constitutional amendment would have allowed local governments to reduce spending if that source of revenue declined. Similar laws existed in statewide issues, however the measure would have extended those laws to local governments and elections.[1]

Constitutional changes

According to the introduced version of the proposed amendment, the constitutional changes would have been:[2]

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; amending article IX, section 23, Constitution of Arizona; relating to initiative and referendum.

The changes to Section 23 read:

Section 23. A. An initiative or referendum measure that proposes a mandatory expenditure of revenues of this state or of any political subdivision for any purpose, establishes a fund for any specific purpose or allocates funding for any specific purpose must also provide for an increased source of revenues sufficient to cover the entire immediate and future costs of the proposal. The increased revenues may not be derived from the state general fund, or the general fund of any political subdivision, or reduce or cause a reduction in general fund revenues.
B. If the identified revenue source provided pursuant to subsection A in any fiscal year fails to fund the entire mandated expenditure for that fiscal year, the legislative body of the state or political subdivision may reduce the expenditure of revenues of the state or political subdivision for that purpose in that fiscal year to the amount of funding supplied by the identified revenue source.
2. The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI, Constitution of Arizona.

Section 23 currently reads:

(A) An initiative or referendum measure that proposes a mandatory expenditure of state revenues for any purpose, establishes a fund for any specific purpose or allocates funding for any specific purpose must also provide for an increased source of revenues sufficient to cover the entire immediate and future costs of the proposal. The increased revenues may not be derived from the state general fund or reduce or cause a reduction in general fund revenues.
(B) If the identified revenue source provided pursuant to subsection A in any fiscal year fails to fund the entire mandated expenditure for that fiscal year, the legislature may reduce the expenditure of state revenues for that purpose in that fiscal year to the amount of funding supplied by the identified revenue source.

Path to the ballot

A majority vote was required in the Arizona State Legislature to refer a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment measure to the ballot. Arizona is one of ten states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.

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