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AZ measure to make constitutional amendments harder to pass approved in committee

The Arizona Senate Elections Committee passed  a measure that could make it harder for voters to pass constitutional amendments.

The bill proposes that voters who wish to see a constitutional amendment must get a 60% majority, instead of a simple majority.

Hugo Polanco is a lobbyist for the grassroots organization Living United for Change in Arizona, or LUCHA.

"The members of this committee and the bill’s sponsor should strongly consider why a simple majority is acceptable for them to pass policies, but a higher bar is required for average citizens and voters to exercise their power," Polanco said. 

If the measure passes the Legislature, it would go on the next general election ballot. In the last election, voters passed  Prop 132, which increased the threshold for tax amendments to a super majority of 60%.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.