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Updated Mar 5, 2013 - 5:46 pm

House OKs bill removing 45 age limit for militia

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has passed a bill removing the age limit of 45
for serving in the state militia, opening the force designed for emergencies but
never used in modern memory to older Arizonans.

Rep. Carl Seel says his bill brings the age provision in the Arizona
Constitution into modern times. But the parts barring lawmakers, elected
officials, preachers, the totally blind, idiots and lunatics and “persons
convicted of infamous crimes,” will remain in the enabling legislation Seel
sponsored.

The full House approved the bill on a 36-21 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the
Senate.

The militia provision was included in the Arizona Constitution when it was
adopted in 1910. The measure names all able-bodied citizens ages 18 to 45 as
members. Seel’s bill allows older Arizonans to volunteer.

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