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Arizona house approves more lenient 'resign-to-run' regulations

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:24 am

Arizona politicians will be able to announce their intent to see another office whenever they want under the terms of legislation approved Monday by the state House of Representatives.

A 1980 voter-approved law says that any official who formally start to run for a new office more than one year before the end of his or her term must step down. But Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said the law already is full of loopholes.

"You can currently form an exploratory committee, form an actual (campaign) committee, collect signatures, raise money,'' he said. That leaves only two things that cannot happen: a formal declaration of candidacy and actually filing the nominating papers with the Secretary of State.

HB 2157 would permit that formal declaration.

"It lets you be truthful to the people and tell them what you're doing,'' he said.

The 40-19 vote sends the bill to the Senate.

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