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PROP 305:

Arizona voters have rejected a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program criticized as a move to drain money from public schools and give it to rich parents to fund their kids' private school tuition.

Proposition 305 was placed on Tuesday's ballot after educators collected enough signatures to block the 2017 expansion championed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Opponents said it would siphon hundreds of millions of dollars from already-underfunded public schools.

Supporters said the expansion would give parents more school choice and boost public education accountability.

The state currently has a relatively small voucher program that lets some parents take state money and spend it on private schools.

The 2017 law expands eligibility to all students by 2022 but caps enrollment at about 30,000.

PROP 127:

Arizona voters have rejected a measure requiring regulated utilities to obtain 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources like solar or wind power by 2030.

Proposition 127 was fiercely opposed by the state's largest utility, Arizona Public Service.

The utility's parent company spent more than $25 million to oppose the measure, arguing it would raise consumer costs by as much as $1,000 a year per customer annually and hurt the reliability of the state's electrical grid.

The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona proposal was backed by solar advocates in Arizona with funding from San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer.

Initiative supporters say Arizona hasn't taken advantage of its role as the sunniest state in U.S. to develop more solar energy. California's Legislature enacted a similar measure in 2015.

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