Ariz. justices call for review of initiative law

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court wants the Legislature to revisit state laws on voter initiatives.

The suggestion for a "thorough legislative reexamination" is in an opinion explaining why the justices agreed to keep a major transportation funding proposal off the Nov. 4 ballot.

A judge had ruled that initiative supporters missed an early deadline to challenge the state's rejection of some petitions and signatures.

The supporters argued that the deadline was impractical and inapplicable to the circumstances, but the justices say it provided the only basis for a legal challenge.

But the court also says it's apparent that time constraints and the state's growing population mean that laws on initiatives can't all be always followed.

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