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Arizona Re-Authorization Vote Amendment (2012)

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The Arizona Re-Authorization Vote Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have mandated that re-authorization votes take place regarding ballot initiatives. The measure was introduced, according to reports, because of concerns that after time passes, initiatives that commit money to certain uses will stay in place after they no longer serve their initial intended use. In order to overturn a voter-approved initiative, legislature must approve to do so with a three-fourths vote. The measure was introduced by State Representative Chester Crandell.[1]


  • State Senator Paula Aboud stated about the re-authorization vote: "This state would be so different if this legislature overturned the will of the people who passed these initiatives."[2]

Path to the ballot

A majority vote is 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.

On March 1, 2012, the Arizona House of Representatives voted to approve the measure to the ballot with a vote of 39 to 17. The measure then headed to the Arizona State Senate for a similar vote, where it must have been approved to appear for a public vote in November 2012, which it did not.[3]

A Senate version of the amendment was introduced, where it was approved on February 28, 2012. That version was then sent to the House, but that too failed.[4]

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