Ballot measures proposed on Ariz. immigration law

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

 PHOENIX (AP) — Initial filings have been made proposing two separate ballot measures on Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

A referendum filing Tuesday proposes a public vote on the law. An initiative filing Monday proposes repealing most of the law, changing one part and temporarily prohibiting legislators from enacting new laws related to immigration status.

Backers of both proposals need to file tens of thousands of voter signatures by July deadlines to get them on the November ballot.

A Catholic priest is proposing the initiative. The Rev. John Auther says he's doing it without church backing and that so far it's a grass roots effort by his prayer group.

The man proposing the referendum didn't immediately return a call for comment.