In March of 2017, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that sets the financial bar for initiatives and referendums higher than ever before. If we don't stop it, HB2404 will silence ordinary people by ensuring that only the most financially privileged people can place measures on the ballot.
Initiative and referendum are the very first enumerated power of the very first enumerated branch in the Arizona Constitution and guarded from executive and legislative veto.
Since it doesn't apply to candidate petitions, HB2404 creates an inequality between citizens and politicians that places us at a political disadvantage.
Ordinary people in the State of Arizona were intended by its founders to be the most powerful branch of government, and we should keep it that way.
HB2404 is another in a series of patterned behavior by the GOP controlled legislature for whom political challenges are an inconvenience. Enough is enough.
Arizona's political heritage is rich with triumphs of the people going back to our very first successful initiative in 1912, which gave women the right to vote.
Circulating petitions is not easy, and the people who do it deserve their pay. HB2404 robs them of the fair value of their work and replaces it with a low hourly wage.