PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey penned his approval Thursday to massive changes in campaign finance laws; new restrictions on abortions; and keeping certain felons behind bars longer than now required.
Other measures signed by the governor include:
Making it easier for Arizonans to order wine from other states.
Setting up a system so candidates for local office can gather nominating signatures online.
Prohibiting cities from imposing taxes or fees when a gun is sold from one private party to another.
Potentially the most sweeping of these will change the rules governing when groups have to register with state election officials. That is now determined by an examination of their primary purpose; factors include what percentage of their money is spent trying to influence an election.
SB 1516 says any group organized under the Internal Revenue Code as a “social welfare” organization is presumed exempt. That means the state is powerless to demand disclosure of the individuals providing the dollars.
Also gone are limits on how much someone with financial resources can spend hosting a fundraising event for one or more candidates. More significant, the benefactor’s identity and amount spent would never be made public.