PHOENIX — An Arizona House committee has delayed hearing a bill repealing
a sweeping 2013 election law that galvanized voter’s rights groups, Democrats
and third-party candidates.
The bill from Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is expected to return to the
House Judiciary Committee quickly after Thursday’s delay. Farnsworth said
repealing House Bill 2305 is necessary to avoid the expense of an election.
Groups opposing the law collected enough signatures to put it on hold and refer
it to voters in November. Republicans are worried a voter rejection would
prevent them from enacting new election law changes.
Referendum supporters opposed the repeal, calling it a thinly disguised effort
to avoid the election and allow Republicans to re-enact its provisions
Farnsworth said he isn’t pushing for re-enacting the provisions but
acknowledged that may happen.