The state House voted Thursday to ask voters whether they still want the Clean Elections system they approved in 1998 -- but in a way that some lawmakers say is sneaky and misleading.
That 1998 law allows candidates for statewide and legislative office to get public financing if they agree not to take private dollars. It is funded largely by a surcharge on civil, criminal and traffic fines.
HCR 2026 would put a measure on the 2014 ballot asking voters to instead give that money to education.
"All I'm asking is for the voters to decide if they prefer public money for politicians or if they prefer education funding, said Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix.
But Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, said if lawmakers want to scrap the system they should put that specific question to voters and not force them to choose. She called the wording of the measure a page "out of the dirty playbook of sleazy political tricks.''
The 31-27 vote sends the measure to the Senate.