Lawyers for the school sales tax initiative argued in a court filing Friday that the group "fully complied with the constitutional requirements to place the initiative on the ballot this fall."

The filing, announced in a press release from the Quality Education and Jobs Committee, came as part of the group's lawsuit against Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

The committee sued after Bennett rejected the initiative petitions, saying language on file in his office did not match what was circulated with the petitions.

Under state law, Bennett said, such language must match. Proponents of the initiative argued in their filing that the law requires that the filing "substantially comply" with state requirements.

The group wants to put before Arizona voters in November a proposal to extend and make permanent a one-cent sales tax to support education and other public needs.

Voters overwhelmingly passed such a tax in 2010, with a three-year expiration date. That means the end of June 2013.

The first court hearing on the case is scheduled for July 18 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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