Chamber’s triple whammy staggers progressives’ defense of citizen initiatives; Rose Law Group Partner Ryan Hurley weighs in

M Ryan Hurley

By Ben Giles and Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times

It used to be a foregone conclusion that a coalition of progressive groups would challenge an attack this year on laws restricting Arizonans’ ability to pass laws at the ballot box.

The coalition’s unity is now in jeopardy, though, as it tries to adapt to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s most recent strategy: a multi-pronged attack on the ability to propose and pass laws through the voters and bypass the Legislature.

The citizens’ initiative process, a staple of Arizona politics by which voters propose laws at the ballot, allows them to circumvent their elected officials and adopt new laws, often those that the Legislature has ignored or failed to pass on its own.