Initiative to Limit Interest Rates on Certified Health Services Debt for Arizona Ballot – Ballotpedia News
Arizonans will decide on a ballot initiative to cap interest rates on health care debt. The proposal is the first initiative certified for the ballot in Arizona in November, and the first of three initiatives whose signatures are being reviewed to be certified. There are also eight legislative referrals on the ballot in Arizona.
It comes after legal challenges to the initiative were dismissed by a judge. On August 17, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Frank Moskowitz dismissed a legal challenge to the measure, saying paid petition distributors were improperly registered with the Secretary of State’s office.
If approved by voters, the measure would set limits on interest rates for debt accrued by receiving health services at a rate equal to the average weekly Treasury yield at constant maturity over a year or 3%, depending on the lowest value. This would increase the farm amount exempt from debt collection from $150,000 to $400,000. It would also increase the amount of value of household furniture, motor vehicles, bank account funds and disposable income exempt from debt collection processes.
In order to qualify for the ballot, signature petitioners had to collect at least 237,645 valid signatures. The signatures were verified by a random sampling process. On July 7, the Arizonans Fed Up with Failing Healthcare campaign submitted 472,296 signatures to the Secretary of State. Of these signatures, 333,958 signatures should be valid.
Currently, there are eight other certified measures on the ballot in Arizona. They are:
- Proposition 308, which would allow in-state tuition for certain non-citizen residents
- Proposition 309, which would require date of birth and voter ID for mail-in ballots and eliminate the two-document alternative to photo ID for in-person voting
- Proposition 310, which would create a sales tax to fund Arizona fire districts
- Proposition 182, which would allow the Legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot measures that contain provisions deemed unconstitutional or invalid by the state or federal Supreme Court
- Proposition 129, which would require citizen-initiated ballot measures to encompass a single topic
- Proposition 130, which would allow the legislature to set certain property tax exemption amounts and qualifications rather than determining the specifics in the constitution
- Proposition 131, which would create the office of lieutenant governor
- Proposition 132, which would require a three-fifths majority vote to pass ballot initiatives and legislatively returned amendments that would approve taxes