To the editor:
Our state representative from Flagstaff, Bob Thorpe, wants to rob us of our state constitutional right to pass an initiative.
Our Legislature has already increased the number of petition signatures needed to get an initiative on the ballot. It has already defied voter-approved initiatives concerning education funding and state attempts to grab federal lands. Our courts have upheld the initiatives, but we still don't have the school funding that voters approved.
Bob Thorpe has introduced a bill, HB 2524, to say that Arizona voters can't pass an initiative requiring background checks for gun purchases. Nevada has a similar initiative pending: Nevadans for Background Checks. This is announced on the day of another mass shooting with an AK rifle in Kansas.
Thorpe is undisturbed that his bill would overrule the right of Arizona voters, as listed in the state constitution, to propose their own laws when their legislature refuses to act. Wouldn't this require an amendment to our state constitution? Don't we, the people, have some say in our government when our representatives don't represent us?
Thorpe doesn't represent me! I plan to vote for Alex Martinez, who is running against him this year.