Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment (2012)

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The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have changed member qualifications and increase membership of the Independent Redistricting Commission, approved by voters in 2000 with the passage of Proposition 106. The bill was introduced to the Arizona Legislature by House Speaker Andy Tobin during the 2012 state legislative session. The formal title of the bill was HCR 2051.[1]

According to the text of the initiative, the measure would have increased the membership of the commission from five to twelve members. In addition, it would have also allowed "the highest ranking officer elected by the Arizona house of representatives" to appoint three of those members, instead of one, which was the number at the time. Those appointments would have been "no more than two of whom are members of the same political party and none of whom are residents of the same county," according to the bill. To read more about other effects of the measure, click here.

Text of measure


The summary of the proposal, in legislative session, read as follows:[2]

Proposing an amendment to the constitution of Arizona; amending Article IV, part 2, section 1, Constitution of Arizona; relating to the independent redistricting commission.

Path to the ballot

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

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