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HB 2404
HB 2404: initiatives; circulators; signature collection; contests
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Sponsor: Rep. Leach

Summary: HB 2404 allows any political committee that supports or opposes an initiative or referendum petition to submit the measure’s text to legislative council after the application is filed. This measure allows any person to file an action challenging compliance with initiative and referendum laws, contest the validity of an initiative or referendum, and seek to enjoin the Secretary of State or other officer from certifying or printing the official ballot that will include the proposed measure (multiple actions must be consolidated). The bill expands the amount of time to challenge the lawful registration of circulators from five days to ten business days after the filing of petitions and prohibits a circulator from being paid by signature on a statewide initiative or referendum petition and any signatures collected in this manner are void and shall not be counted. The bill includes legislative findings and a severability clause.

League Position: NEUTRAL

UPDATES

2/16/2017: HB2404 passed out of House Government by a vote of 5-3. The bill now proceeds to the Rules Committee.

2/23/2017: HB2404 passed the House COW. HB2404 passed the House Third Read by a vote of 35-24-0-1.

2/23/2017: HB2404 passed the House Third Read by a vote of 48-11-1.

2/24/2017: HB2404 was transmitted to the Senate.

3/16/2017: HB2404 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4-3. The bill proceeds to the Rules Committee.

3/22/2017: HB2404 passed the Senate COW. HB2404 passed the Senate Third Reading by a vote of 17-13.

3/22/2017: HB2404 was transmitted to the House.

3/23/2017: HB2404 passed the House Final Reading by a vote of 34-22-3-1. The bill was transmitted to the Governor.

3/23/2017: HB2404 was signed by Governor Ducey.