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Updated Jan 23, 2014 - 11:34 am

Bill repealing new Arizona election law put on hold

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 piecemeal.

Farnsworth said he isn't pushing for re-enacting the provisions but acknowledged that may happen.

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