PHOENIX-In an unexpected ruling today, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Downie ruled that the No Taxpayer Money for Politicians Act violates the "single-subject" rule of the Arizona Constitution (Article XXI, Section1), a decision that could stop the initiative from appearing on the November ballot. The defenders of the initiative are rightly filing a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court, requesting review of the lower court decision.
According to the state supreme court, the "single-subject" rule is designed to prevent the "pernicious practice of log-rolling,'" or including multiple proposals in order to force voters to accept unrelated constitutional or legislative changes. The Arizona Supreme Court has articulated a common sense approach in evaluating such claims, saying, "we consistently have examined initiatives challenged under the single-subject rule to determine whether their provisions are sufficiently related to a common purpose or principle that the proposal can be said to constitute a consistent and workable whole on the general topic embraced,' that, logically speaking, . . . should stand or fall as a whole.'"
According to Mark Brnovich, director of the
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