AZ Supreme Court to hear arguments re: injunction against campaign finance limits on Tuesday


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Last month, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction against HB2593 (new higher campaign contribution limits) in a ruling in Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, et al. v. The Honorable Mark H. Brain (CV13-0341-PR) and real parties in interest (.pdf).

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. on the request by Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin to overturn the Court of Appeals’ injunction against HB2593.

As previosuly reported, the Supreme Court will only hear arguments on the narrow statutory construction issue that the appellate court cited in its injunction. Only the injuncton is at issue before the high court.

As I posted previously:

There is no reason to believe, as the Court of Appeals apparently believed by issuing a temporary injunction, that candidates will suffer irreperable harm if the 2014 election is conducted under the same campaign finance limits law in place for the 2012 election. The merits of the case will be tried to the trial court, and whatever decision Judge Brain renders will be appealed by the parties to the Court of Appeals and to the Supreme Court in the normal course of the appeal process.  A final decision will be rendered in time for the 2016 election.

Stay tuned . . .