Would Arizona voters agree to limit their power? Maybe, if they got this

Arizona already has tough requirements to place citizen-led initiatives on the ballot. Lawmakers need better reasons to make them even tougher.

Not every effort to restrict citizens-led initiatives is meritless. Or even unpopular. The 2022 election offered ample proof. Arizonans approved two of the three initiatives to tighten standards — one requiring 60% approval or more on ballot measures to raise taxes, the other limiting them to a single subject. While I had reservations of varying degrees about all three proposals, I believe Arizonans got it right. Will they do so again with the latest Legislature-referred measure to curb voters’ powers of redress? All 30 districts would need signaturesThe 2024 ballot proposal makes gathering signatures to qualify a citizens-led initiative that much more difficult.  …

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