Under Prop 128, a few politicians would have the power to be able to overturn what the majority of Arizonans voted for.
No matter our color, background, or origin, we all want the freedom to make decisions about the policies that impact our lives. Ballot initiatives are the people's power to exercise that freedom. This constitutional amendment would allow the legislature to rewrite the ballot propositions already approved by the people if a judge invalidates and portion of the proposed language.
For 110 years, Arizonans from all walks of life have used ballot initiatives to propose and enact laws that help our communities. Our legislators have a moral and constitutional responsibility to follow the will of the people as enacted through the ballot initiative process. But some politicians and wealthy corporations don’t like the decisions we’ve made, so they are trying to rewrite the rules to get their way – no matter what the majority wants.
Proposition 128 is yet another attempt by these politicians to block, limit or reverse the will of the people. Proposition 128 would give politicians the authority to undo or entirely rewrite a ballot initiative that was already approved by voters, if the Arizona Supreme Court interprets any small part of the initiative as unconstitutional.
In 1998, voters approved the Voter Protection Act, which prohibits the Arizona State Legislature from amending or repealing voter-approved ballot initiatives and referendums. But under Proposition 128, a few legislators would be able to overturn what the majority decides.
Arizonans won’t be tricked into giving politicians more power. It’s up to us to defend the will of the people against politicians who want to rewrite the rules to get their way. We must come together to protect our right to make decisions through the ballot by voting NO on Proposition 128.