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Senate panel OKs bill requiring initiative revotes

PHOENIX -- An Arizona Senate panel has approved a bill requiring voters to re-authorize initiatives they approve every eight years if they require the state to spend money.

The bill by Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber passed the Senate Elections Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. It would affect voter-passed laws such as the state's Clean Elections Act and the state's early childhood education program that uses tobacco tax money.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1003 would be referred to voters in November if it passes both the House and Senate.

If enacted, initiatives and referendums using state money or setting up a program that spends go back to the ballot every eight years.

Crandell argues SCR1003 just lets voters do what lawmakers do with other spending. Democrats say voters already have spoken.

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