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Arizona Senate OKs 4 bills changing election laws

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PHOENIX (AP) -

The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a series of election law changes that would require more disclosure of some campaign spending, force signatures to be gathered in all 15 counties to get an initiative on the ballot and require paid signature collectors to register with the Secretary of State.

Democrats failed in an effort Thursday to derail one of the four bills and amend another to require disclosure of the source of campaign funding.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo called a recall election spending disclosure bill a thinly disguised effort to make it harder for voters to throw lawmakers out of office. Former Senate President Russell Pearce was recalled in 2011.

Republicans also rejected an effort by Sen. Steve Farley to require disclosure of sources of all campaign spending.

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