AZ voters rally at state Capitol to protect voter initiative process

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Dozens of concerned citizens gathered in front of the state Capitol today to make their voices heard and told legislators to leave our ballot measure process alone. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dozens of concerned citizens gathered in front of the state Capitol today to make their voices heard and told legislators to leave our ballot measure process alone. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Some Arizona voters are fighting back to stop lawmakers from changing the state's ballot initiative process.

Dozens of concerned citizens gathered in front of the state Capitol Wednesday.

They're unhappy with two bills, HB2404 and HCR 2029.

One would change the way signatures are gathered.

The other would make getting the required number of signatures more difficult.

[READ MORE: GOP-backed proposal would tighten voter initiative methods]

Samuel Richard is executive director of Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition.

"The initiative process has been the foundation to Arizona's democracy," said Richard. "This would be counter to what the founders of Arizona wanted and would be counter to the bedrock of Arizona democracy."

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are pushing to tighten restrictions on the ballot initiative process, following the passage of Prop. 206, which raised the minimum wage in Arizona.

Supporters of the bills claim that it's too easy for special interest groups to get a measure on the Arizona ballot.

Garrick Taylor with the state Chamber of Commerce said that Prop. 206 should have never been on the ballot.

"We're talking about constitutionality," said Taylor. "Mainly, we don't believe proponents properly identified a revenue source for its effect on the general fund," 

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