- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Senate panel has voted to repeal the state-funded version of the presidential primary.

Senate President Andy Biggs sponsored the bill that would repeal the Presidential Preference Election and reimburse more than $6 million to counties. The proposal would not affect the upcoming election in March.

It would leave the fate of future primaries to political parties that will need to raise their own funding to hold elections.

The Senate committee on government passed Senate Bill 1486 on a 6-0 vote Wednesday. The House passed a similar bill last week.

Advocates for the measure say the state shouldn’t be paying political parties to run elections that don’t even allow independent voters to participate.

Opponents say state-funded primaries ensure elections are impartial.

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