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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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