Capitol Times Guest Opinion May 18, 2017 107 years ago, Arizona’s founders feared that legislatures could land in the pockets of special interests. They believed that ultimately, the people in power had to be accountable to the citizens. They gave us the power of referendum, recall and initiative. Today’s state Legislature wants to eliminate your access to that power. Citizen initiatives have accomplished many great things in Arizona’s history. It was first used in 1912 to grant women the right to vote – and helped lead the way to the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution.