Second initiative filed for 2012 ballot in Arizona

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June 21, 2011

Arizona

By Al Ortiz

PHOENIX, Arizona: Initiative filings in Arizona are beginning to come up to a boil, as a second initiative was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State's office on June 17, 2011. The proposal, known as the Go Solar Arizona SREC Trading Exchange Initiative, would establish the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) trading exchange. The trading exchange would allow the state to sell or export SRECs "in a nationwide marketplace at a fair price to recoup their investment in clean solar electricity." The proposal was introduced by the Arizona Solar Power Society.[1]

Since the measure is categorized as an initiated state statute, supporters must collect 172,808 signatures by the July 5, 2012 petition drive deadline in order for the proposal to be placed on the ballot.

Meanwhile, the first initiative filed in the state is a proposed veto referendum. Petition drive organizers have until July 19, 2011 to collect a total of 86,405 signatures in order to obtain ballot access for their proposal, as per state law relating to referendums.

The measure seeks to repeal parts of Senate Bill 1200, which would eliminate the right to a trial jury for those who have been accused of driving while intoxicated. The referendum is being proposed by the group called Committee for the Right to Jury Trial. The date that the referendum was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State was May 5, 2011.

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