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Arizona House panel approves bill requiring petitioners to read full description to signers

An Arizona House of Representatives panel approved a bill that would require petition circulators to read out the full 300-word description of what they are trying to get people to sign.

It could alternatively allow petitioners to give signers enough time to read the description themselves. 

Sen. J.D. Mesnard crafted the measure and says its goal is to ensure people know what they are going to sign. 

“This is just to make sure that what is communicated to the folks who are asking to sign petitions is accurate, or at least accurate in that here is an official summary of it that is on file with the secretary of state," Mesnard said. 

Rep. Sarah Liguori says the bill is another bid to put hurdles in front of citizens to propose their own laws. The measure will now go to the full house for a vote after it has already passed the Senate. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.