Former Attorney General Grant Woods and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson are leading a referendum campaign to overturn up to three proposals to tighten the laws overseeing the citizen initiative process. Voters of Arizona was registered at the secretary of state’s office Thursday morning as the committee tackling the referendum attempt on the 2018 ballot, political consultant Joe Yuhas said. “I think Grant and Paul come from different perspectives politically but yet they share a common feature and that is that as Arizona natives … they have participated in and been the beneficiaries of Arizona’s direct democracy that has existed since statehood,” Yuhas said. Yuhas said the committee will also simultaneously pursue legal action challenging the laws.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed two of the three measures backed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry in recent months. The push to introduce the bills came after the November passage of an initiative raising the minimum wage.
Yuhas said Voters of Arizona will wait until the end of the state’s legislative session to determine which laws it will challenge, as one of the measures, House Bill 1236, is currently stalled in the Senate.