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Arizona House passes elections agency curb bill on 2nd try

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has passed a bill preventing the Arizona
Citizens Clean Elections Commission from investigating possible campaign
contribution violations by candidates who don’t participate in the program.

The Senate-approved bill would allow only the Secretary of State and state
Attorney General to investigate.

Senate Bill 1344 failed on a 29-25 vote on Monday but it passed on
reconsideration Tuesday on a 36-23 vote.

Republican sponsors say the law creating the commission doesn’t give it
authority to investigate candidates who don’t take public campaign funding.

The commission says the act grants them that authority and announced last year
it planned to begin doing so. The act provides funding to candidates if they
forgo private donations.

The House added language changing independent expenditure rules to the bill
needs another Senate vote.


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