Brewer signs bill ending limits on campaign giving

2013-04-12T00:00:00Z Brewer signs bill ending limits on campaign givingHoward Fischer Capitol Media Services Arizona Daily Star
April 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer signed a number of new laws Thursday, including one eliminating all current caps on political campaign contributions and scrapping the limit on how much any individual or PAC can donate to all candidates in any year.

The measure passed in the Legislature with all Democrats and a handful of Republicans opposed.

The legislation also sharply increases how much a candidate can accept from any one PAC or individual donor.

Proponents said the low existing limits unconstitutionally infringe on the First Amendment rights of donors.

Library records

Brewer also approved privacy protections for borrowers of electronic books.

Libraries are already barred from disclosing what materials or services are used by any individual. The new law, which takes effect this summer, expands that to electronic books, which are not now covered.

Anyone who improperly gives out information without a court order of the user's written consent can be jailed for 30 days and have to pay a $500 fine.

Charter schools

Brewer vetoed legislation to allow charter schools to offer preschool programs to disabled children.

Charter schools are technically public schools and get state funds, though they can be operated by nonprofit and for-profit companies and school districts. Normally schools get extra aid for the disabled.

Brewer said the additional cost, which was not disclosed, needs to be considered as part of the overall state budget for the coming year.

School funding

Brewer approved legislation aimed at setting up a performance-funding system for schools, but said it does not go far enough.

The measure sets up a four-year simulation. There would be no actual change in school funding, generally based on a fixed amount of money per student, but it would give lawmakers a chance to see how the system might work.

Brewer said what she actually wants is a real performance funding plan.

Other bills signed Thursday by the governor:

• Make it illegal for businesses to send unsolicited texts to individuals in hopes of selling a product or service;

• Allow veterans to use their military experience to substitute for certain training for professional licenses for commercial truck drivers and nurses;

• Forbid homeowner associations formed in the future from exercising any control over the use public roadways within their subdivisions.

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