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GOP-backed measure weakens Arizona's Voter Protection Act

Posted at 3:53 PM, Feb 14, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — 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 Sen. 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 bars any changes to voter approved laws unless they "further the purpose'' of the measure and get a three-quarter vote of the Legislature.

Democrats opposed the measure.

If the Legislature OKs it, it will appear on the November ballot.