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Governor signs law tightening initiative signatures rules

Doug Ducey
Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 22:03:13-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill pushed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry adding new requirements for citizen initiative petition circulators.

The new law signed Friday was promoted by Republicans and business interests that have seen voters enact policies the GOP-controlled Legislature opposes. Multiple new restrictions in the initiative process have been enacted in recent years.

The measure lays out a series of new requirements, including requiring paid circulators or those from other states to sign a notarized form and supply contact information before collecting signatures. Providing false information would be a misdemeanor.

Democrats said the measure puts roadblocks in front of citizens' right to pass their own laws. Republicans say rich donors have taken over the initiative process.

Ducey signed the legislation without comment.