Arizona Senate to ask voters to kill Clean Elections

PHOENIX (AP) - The Republican-controlled Arizona Senate has switched course and voted to approve a measure asking voters to eliminate the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and give its $9 million in funding to schools.

The voter referral sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott passed on 17-12 vote Wednesday.

A day earlier it failed on a 15-13 vote. GOP Sens. Jeff Dial and Don Shooter changed their votes.

The question would be on the 2016 ballot if the House also approves SCR1001.

Pierce says after more than 15 years it's time for voters to re-evaluate clean elections and public campaign financing.

Opponents argue that it is wrong to force voters to choose between clean elections and funding schools. Sen. Martin Quezada says that presents voters with what is essentially a popularity contest.

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