Gov. Doug Ducey plans ceremonial civics bill signing

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans a ceremonial signing of a bill making the state the first in the nation to require high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation.

Ducey signed the civics test bill five weeks ago in private but plans a public signing on Tuesday.

The law requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the citizenship test.

The test is being pushed nationally by the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute, which wants all 50 states to adopt it by 2017.

The institute says legislatures in 15 states are expected to consider it this year.

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