Elections

Arizona's Initiatives and Referendums (or, What Those People With Clipboards Are Doing)

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  • Protect Employee Paychecks from Politics
    Signatures Needed: 259,213
    Deadline: July 3, 2014
    Link to full text: Here
    Description: This one "prohibits all employers in Arizona from taking money from an employee's paycheck and using it for political purposes without the express written permission of the employee," the supporters state.

  • Criminal Penalties Act
    Signatures Needed: 259,213
    Deadline: July 3, 2014
    Link to full text: Here
    Description: If this one or the next one sound remotely interesting to you, we'd recommend reading some (or all) of the actual text first. According to the sponsor, "This Amendment to the Constitution will mandate a criminal sentencing scheme that is commensurate with the magnitude of the crime and age of person. It will eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and return sentencing discretion to the trial judge. A criminal sentence will be based only on the actual conduct of the person, and not on a prior crime or conduct of another person. It will mandate certain procedural safeguards to prevent a double sentence or wrongful conviction."

  • "Elimination of redundant and ineffective laws . . ."
    Signatures Needed: 259,213
    Deadline: July 3, 2014
    Link to full text: Here
    Description: This one pretty much changes how laws work in general. Per the sponsors' explanation, "This Amendment to the Constitution will mandate the eliminiation of redundant and ineffective laws, rules, policies, regulations and ordinances for the state, its political subdivisions, and private entities that receive significant public funds. It will require a mandatory review and expiration procedure, and require all regulation to have a proven benefit without conformance to societal, moral or religious beliefs."

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