As you know, one of this year's biggest battles at the state capitol was against attacks on citizen initiatives. Of all the new rules Governor Ducey and the legislature imposed this year, perhaps the most dangerous is telling courts they have to apply a "strict compliance" standard to initiatives. Simply put, "strict compliance" means tossing out qualified initiatives based on minor technicalities.
That's why we're suing. Read the amended complaint here.
By enacting HB 2244, the legislature and Governor attempted to overrule the Court's longstanding interpretation of the Arizona Constitution. Imagine if the legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to take away the Miranda rights, or to overrule the court-mandated "one person, one vote" rule. Those bills would obviously violate the separation of powers by intruding on the judiciary's authority. This is no different.
We're proud to stand alongside other organizations and individuals in this suit to preserve Arizonans' constitutional right to direct democracy and our constitutional system of separation of powers.
We'll have more information on our website as the case develops.