Pension initiative booted from Tucson ballot

2013-09-12T12:15:00Z 2013-12-17T15:33:47Z Pension initiative booted from Tucson ballotDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson voters won't be deciding the fate of the city's pension system after all.

The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and ordered an injunction be placed on an initiative intended to overhaul the city's pension and convert it to a 401(k)-style plan. 

Unless the committee behind the initiative manages to get a hearing before the Arizona Supreme Court by this weekend, the move means the measure won't appear on the November ballot.

Two city employees sued back in July asking for the removal of more than 10,000 signatures because either felons or unregistered out-of-state circulators collected many of them.

Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner tossed more than 5,000 signatures and ordered election officials to recalculate the numbers.

Once it appeared likely the petition initiative had enough remaining signatures to qualify, the plaintiffs dropped their appeal in Superior Court and filed in appellate court.

Plaintiffs' attorney Roopali Desai said the decision was victory for voters and the integrity of the initiative process.

Marner has until 2 p.m. today to issue the injunction.

Read more in Friday's Star.

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