In an end run around collecting citizen signatures to place a measure on the state ballot, Arizona's legislators have voted to place a measure on the state ballot which would ban certain measures designed to help level the playing field in education, employment, and public contracting. A 2008 effort to collect signatures to have the same measure place on the ballot failed after it failed to collect enough valid signatures. A similar measure failed to pass in Colorado in 2008 while passing in Nebraska.
The Arizona measure would forbid the state and local governments from taking certain measures to guarantee equal opportunities on public contracts, measures that are backed by federal law. Programs operated by the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, as well as Maricopa and Pima counties, might be impacted if the measure were to pass.