Arizona Clean Elections Act's fate may be decided by voters

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April 22, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: What appeared to be a dead issue has turned into a proposal that could be finally decided on by Arizona voters. A measure that would disallow the use of public money to fund political campaigns was all but gone after the House Judiciary Committee killed the bill due to the wording. The bill was then passed by the committee with a vote of 5-3 after further revisions.

Since a similar version of the bill was previously passed by the Arizona State Senate, the only obstacle left to place the measure on the ballot is for the Arizona House of Representatives to approve the measure with a vote of its own. The proposal would repeal the Clean Elections Act that was approved by voters in 1998. Former Arizona Senator Jonathon Paton authored the proposal. If the measure is approved by the House, it will appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[1][2]

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