Thursday, September 01, 2016


A minimum wage increase will appear on the ballot this November despite efforts by the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) to challenge it in court.  In AZ law, petitioners can be called to court to verify their credentials and if they don't show up, their signatures are invalidated.   The ARA lost in a lower court on a technicality and that ruling was upheld by the State Supreme Court.
Arizona Supreme Court upholds order: Minimum wage hike on the ballot

Bob Christie, Associated Press 4:14 p.m. MST August 30, 2016

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge’s order rejecting a challenge to a voter initiative raising the state minimum to $12 an hour by 2020.

Tuesday’s ruling from the high court means voters will see the minimum wage measure on the November general election ballot.

Opponents of Proposition 206 had argued that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joshua Rogers was wrong when he dismissed their challenge because it was filed too late. Rogers ruled that initiative challenges must be filed within five days of qualifying signatures being filed, including weekends. The Arizona Restaurant Association sued seven days after the filing.

The Supreme Court’s two-page decision said the law is clear and the Legislature could have expressly excluded weekend days but did not.

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