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Arizona legislator: Revoke age limit for state militia

PHOENIX — A state lawmaker wants the age limit of 45 for serving in the
state militia removed, opening the force designed to be mustered in emergencies
but never used in modern memory to older Arizonans.

But preachers of the gospel, judges, idiots, lunatics and members of the
Legislature would still be barred under the early 20th century law that
Republican Rep. Carl Seel wants to update.

Seel said all he’s doing is bringing 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
wants to revise.

The bill is headed to the full House after a routine committee approval Monday.


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