- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected a bill that would have asked voters to repeal the Clean Elections Commission and use the money to fund education.

The measure is one of several election-related bills Republicans were pushing to address campaign finance, the collection of early ballots and increase the number of votes third parties need to get on the ballot.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1001 failed on a 29-27 vote early Friday. If it passed, voters would have been asked in 2016 if they wanted to repeal the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and give its $9 million in funding to schools.

Opponents say the bill unfairly asks voters to choose between funding clean elections or schools. Supporters say after 15 years of Clean Elections it’s time for voters to re-evaluate the system.

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