What is the Voter Protection Act?
The Voter Protection Act (VPA) is an amendment to the Arizona Constitution that prevents the Legislature or Governor from tampering with laws enacted by voters as ballot initiatives. It prohibits the Governor from vetoing an initiative or referendum measure passed by the voters, and only allows legislators to amend ballot measures via a three-fourths vote in the State House and Senate, and only with amendments that further the purpose of the measure.
What is the history of the Voter Protection Act?
In 1996, Arizona voters passed an initiative allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana to qualifying patients. The following year, however, the Legislature effectively repealed the new law. Voters responded in 1998 with the Voter Protection Act. Since its passage, the VPA has been instrumental for ensuring that initiatives passed by voters function as they are written.