The Senate voted 16-12 on Monday to impose new restrictions on spending on recall elections.
SB 1262 would apply certain limits on contributions to recall campaigns. Potentially more significant, those limits would kick in the moment any group actually decided to start circulating petitions, not when the petition drive was successful and an election is called.
"It would make it almost impossible for any recall to be successful,'' said Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. "It is a process that allows the people to hold us accountable.''
Supporters of the measure, which now goes to the House, say it is important for the public to know who is financing recall efforts.
There has been only one successful recall of a state official: the 2011 ouster of Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa.