Arizona Two Thirds Vote on Taxes Amendment (2012)

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The Arizona Two Thirds Vote on Taxes Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, if enacted, would have required that any tax hike proposed in the state be only approved by a 2/3rds vote of the public. The measure was introduced in the 2012 state legislative session by State Rep. David Stevens, among others. The bill's formal title in session was HCR 2043.[1]

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 IX, Constitution of Arizona, by adding section 25; relating to state and local taxation.


  • Rep. David Stevens argued: "It's just designed to make it a little more difficult to get a tax increase passed...Sometimes [citizen initiatives] are put out in a deceptive manner."[3]


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. The measure did not make the ballot during legislative session.

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