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Court Signs Order Striking HOA Provisions in SB 1454

On September 11, 2013, Superior Court Judge Randall Warner signed the stipulated order finding that the HOA provisions added to SB 1454 in the House of Representatives violated the single subject provision of the Arizona Constitution.  As a result, those provisions were held to be void and ineffective.  The remaining provisions of the law will go into effect on September 13, 2013.  This is an excellent and timely resolution, as well as an important reminder to the legislature of the importance of adhering to the constitutional requirement that each bill contain only one subject.

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Center files amicus brief in Judicial Merit Selection Case

On Wednesday August 7, 2013, the Center filed an amicus brief in Dobson v. State of Arizona urging the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction. The case is challenging the legislature's attempt to do what the voters rejected last election and change the procedure for selecting judges.  Because that procedure is set forth in constitution, the legislature is without power to change it unless it first submits the amendment to the voters.

Watch Tim Hogan discuss the Single Subject lawsuit on Horizon

Tim Hogan was interviewed on Horizon on July 23, 2013.  You can watch it here.  http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/play.php?vidId=6072

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