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Ballot reauthorization bill passes House, moves to Senate

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:30 am

The House voted Wednesday to require voters to reauthorize any future measures they approve at the ballot.

Voter-approved laws are equal to those enacted by the Legislature, but they remain in effect forever unless voters decide otherwise, as a constitutional provision forbids lawmakers from repealing them or making major alterations.

HCR 2018 would put these measures back before voters every eight years if they contain any provisions which involve spending of state money. Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, said that ensures voters have to reevaluate the programs they approve and decide if they continue to serve a purpose.

Foes argued that forces those who marshaled the resources to get the original measure approved to once again have to launch a campaign. House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Tucson, said automatic reauthorization is unnecessary because lawmakers can refer any measure they want back to the ballot.

The 35-23 vote sends the measure to the Senate. If approved there, the final decision on whether to require reauthorization would be up to voters in November.

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