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GOP-Backed Measure Would Weaken Arizona's Voter Protection Act


Republicans in the Arizona Legislature who have long chafed at a ban on changing voter-approved initiatives are moving to ask voters to allow them to do just that on measures affecting “public health or safety.”

The proposal from Senator Vince Leach approved by a Senate committee Thursday would gut a major part of the Voter Protection Act. That 1998 constitutional amendment approved by voters prohibits any changes to voter approved laws unless they “further the purpose” of the measure and get a three-quarter vote of the Legislature.

Democrats oppose the measure.

If the Legislature approves the proposal, it will appear on the 2020 November ballot.