A bill introduced by an ally of former state Sen. Russell Pearce would set the stage for reimbursing the Mesa Republican for his spending in the November 2011 recall election that ousted him from the Legislature.

The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa proposes to change state law to provide for paying campaign expenses of elected officials, starting with those in recall elections held in November 2011.

Similar legislation failed near the end of the 2012 legislative session.

Pearce's spending of $261,000 came from donations from individuals and political committees, not from his own money, according to The Arizona Republic.

The Arizona Constitution requires the Legislature to enact a law for payment of public officials' "reasonable special election campaign expenses."