- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A last-minute proposal preventing the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission from investigating possible campaign contribution violations by candidates who don’t participate in the program is set for a committee hearing.

The House Appropriations Committee hears an amendment to Senate Bill 1267 on Wednesday. It allows only the Secretary of State and state Attorney General to investigate.

The Legislature passed similar legislation last year that was signed by then-Gov. Jan Brewer. But because it didn’t amend the voter-approved Clean Elections Act it had no effect.

Proponents say the commission lacks authority to investigate candidates who don’t take public campaign funding. The commission says they do have authority and began doing so last year.

The bill requires a three-quarters vote of the Legislature to pass.

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