Ballot Proposal Would Keep Arizona Lawmakers From Voting On Issues Benefiting Themselves

By Steve Goldstein, Bridget Dowd
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:08am
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:57am
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There’s a new effort to keep state lawmakers from taking action on any legislation that would benefit them or their families. Paperwork for a new ballot measure was filed Tuesday with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Andrew Chavez is behind the proposal. He said legislators wouldn’t be able to propose or vote on anything in which they have a "direct and substantial financial interest."

"When legislators take office and they sit at their desk and make votes, we just don't want them to be thinking about their self interest," Chavez said. "We want them thinking about Arizona's interest."

The measure does have some exceptions. For example, it would allow all legislators to vote on the state budget and changes in tax laws.

To talk about the proposed Democracy and Accountability Act, attorney Roopali Desai joined The Show.

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