Arizona Voter Re-approval Amendment, SCR 1003 (2014)

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An Arizona Voter Re-approval Amendment, SCR 1003, was not on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot in Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Had it been approved by voters, the measure would have required voters to re-approve every eight years any ballot measures that spend or collect public money. This measure, as it would have cost the state some amount to review and put each measure on the ballot, would likely have been subject to voter re-approval in eight years under its own provisions.[1]

The proposal was sponsored by multiple Republican state lawmakers and was sent to the Senate Rules Committee on February 18, 2014. The formal title of the bill during the legislative session was Arizona Senate Concurrent Resolution 1003.[2]

Support

This measure was sponsored in the Arizona State Legislature by:[3]

Sen. Crandell argued that many things that voters have approved have been ineffectual or have outlived their purpose. Crandell also noted that the Arizona Constitution prevents the legislature from altering or repealing voter approved laws, making referral back to the ballot the only way to revise them.[4]

Opposition

A Sierra Club lobbyist, Sandy Bahr, expressed disapproval of SCR 1003, saying that it would force automatic and unnecessary ballot measures on issues that had already been put to rest by decisive voter decisions. He also noted that a simple majority of law makers could send any measure back to the ballot if needed.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Arizona Constitution

A majority vote in the legislature was required to refer this amendment to the ballot.

Ten states 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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