Arizona Legislative Alert – Feb. 07, 2022

Here is the contact information for our Legislators:

AZ SENATE:

LD 6 – Wendy Rogers 602-926-3042

LD 7 – Theresa Hatathlie 602-926-5160

President Karen Fann 602-926-5874

Majority Ldr Rick Gray 602-926-5413

AZ HOUSE:

LD 6 – Walt Blackman 602-926-3043

LD 6 – Brenda Barton 602-926-3421

LD 7 – Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren 602-926-3069

LD 7 – Myron Tsosie 602-926-3157

Speaker Russell Bowers 602-926-3128

Majority Ldr Ben Toma 602-926-3298

CONTACT THE GOVERNOR AS BILLS MOVE TO HIM TO SIGN

IT IS BEST TO CALL HIS OFFICE TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION – 602-542-4331.

IF YOU TWEET – SEND YOUR OPPOSITION VIA TWITTER – @DOUGDUCEY 

(He hates to get Tweets it seems!!)

Other Resources to Find Out More on Key Arizona Legislative Issues:

RTS Access via AZ Legislature Web Site: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview?SessionID=125

Coconino County Democratic Party: https://coconinodemocrats.org/category/action-alerts/

Civic Engagement Beyond Voting: https://www.cebv.us/

Save our Schools: https://sosarizona.org/

Anne Schneider’s Alerts:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/18Z2KAoOtBd3S4kORzQnfaHP6jtLHWhqI/view

AAUW – Arizona: https://www.aauwarizona.org/

ANIMAL WELFARE – Arizona Humane Society

Legislative Initiatives to Create a Safer Arizona – Arizona Humane Society (azhumane.org)

DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE – Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

2022 Legislative Agenda (acesdv.org)

Sign up for weekly legislative alerts on Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence : Sign Up to Stay in Touch (constantcontact.com)

EDUCATION

Arizona Education Association – Legislative Alert Sign-Up: AEA Legislative Update | Arizona Education Association (arizonaea.org)

Arizona School Boards Association – Legislative – Arizona School Boards Association (azsba.org)

ENVIRONMENTAL

Sierra Club Legislative Alerts: 2022 Legislative Updates | Sierra Club

Sierra Club Legislative Tracker: Legislative Tracker | Sierra Club

HEALTH and WELFARE

Arizona Nurses Association

2022 AzNA Healthcare Bill Watch List – Arizona Nurses Association (aznurse.org)

National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter

Action Alerts and Legislative Updates (socialworkers.org)

TECHNOLOGY – Arizona Technology Council

ICBD-580-AZTC-Public-Policy-2022_V12-Digital_Compressed.pdf (aztechcouncil.org) – mostly policy statements and federal legislation, but some discussion is more relevant to state legislation and appropriations.

VETERANS

Arizona Veterans Legislation Proposals 2022 – Jackson Law (jacksonlawgroupaz.com)

BILLS SPONSORED BY WENDY ROGERS, WALT BLACKMAN, or BRENDA BARTON

SB 1058 – Wendy Rogers (R-6) – OPPOSE – Would ban ballot drop boxes everywhere except in county recorder buildings and polling places!!

SB 1298 – Wendy Rogers (R-6) – OPPOSE – Would ban the government or judiciary from requiring mask or face covering anywhere except where required for workplace safety not related to COVID.

SB 1357 – Wendy Rogers (R-6) – OPPOSE – Would require counties to increase busy work by separating early and provisional ballots by precinct before they are counted!!

SB 1131 – Wendy Rogers (R-6) – OPPOSE – Expands eligibility for ESA Vouchers to children of veterans, first responders and professionals who provide patient care.  Another way to undermine Public Schools.

SB 1044 – Wendy Rogers – OPPOSE  – Would force the state to contract for the federally mandated personal responsibility education program and sexual risk avoidance education grant program ONLY with companies who do not provide abortions.  Direct slap at Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of these programs.

HB 2622 – Walter Blackman (R-6) – SUPPORT – Would extend coverage of state’s Medicaid program for kids in foster care until they turn 26.

VOTING RIGHTS

SB 1357 – Kelly Townsend (R-16) – OPPOSE – Another attempt to deny the will of voters – this would allow an election machine to be retroactively decertified – nullifying all votes cast on that machine.

SB 1358 – Kelly Townsend (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would require voting centers to resort ballots by precinct before counting – negating the value of these centers to voters and recorders.

SB 1404 – David Gowan (R-14) – OPPOSE – Would end no-excuse early voting by mail or in-person.

SB 1474 – Kelly Townsend (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would make election day a holiday BUT would make that the ONLY day you can vote!!

HB 2492 – Jake Hoffman (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would require proof of residency to register to vote at least for the federal only ballot – a clear violation of federal law.

HB 2602 – Shawnna Bolick (R-20) – OPPOSE – Would ban county recorders from setting up emergency voting centers in most cases.

HCR 2014 – Tim Dunn (R-13) – OPPOSEalso SCR 1025 – Vince Leach (R-11) – OPPOSE – Would restrict voter initiatives and referendums by requiring signatures to be collected as a percentage of voters in each of the state’s 30 legislative districts.

HCR 2015 – Tim Dunn (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would restrict voter initiatives and referendum effectiveness by requiring a super majority of voters to pass.

SB 1094 – JD Mesnard (R-17) – OPPOSE – Would require petition circulators to read aloud the descriptions of initiatives and referendum petitions – clearly an effort to make citizen initiatives harder to execute.

HB 2236 – Jake Hoffman (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would ban Arizona from registering anyone to vote who doesn’t affirmatively request it.

HB 2241 – Jake Hoffman (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would require people to present ID when dropping off their early ballots.

NATIVE AMERICAN SUPPORT

SB 1201 – Tyler Pace (R-16) – SUPPORT – Would provide funding for the construction of the Ganado School Loop Road – a road that hasn’t been maintained in almost 30 years!  

EDUCATION

CRITICAL !!!   USE RTS OR BILL PREFERENCE TO SUPPORT THESE BILLS!!

The Arizona Legislature needs to override the constitutional aggregate expenditure limit by March 1, 2022, or school districts across Arizona will need to cut a total of nearly $1.2 billion (16%) from their budgets this year. These cuts would be devastating for our students and would impact extracurriculars, specialized programs like Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate, and staffing shortages and pay.

AEA members and educators – Senator Christine Marsh and Representative Jennifer Pawlik – have introduced legislation to authorize the override for this year (SCR1022 / HCR2012) and repeal the limit (SCR1023).  

SB 1519 – Martin Quezada (D-29) – SUPPORT – Would require a cost study to be done every two years on the cost of providing special education programs.  This is a small step toward providing better funding to these traditionally underfunded programs.

SB 1657 – Paul Boyer (R-20) – OPPOSE – Another broad expansion of the ESA voucher program and pulls the money for this directly from Public Schools!

SB 1707 – Paul Boyer (R-20) – OPPOSE – Would further undermine Public Schools by allowing students who were able to use Ducey’s “Neo Vouchers” to avoid COVID restrictions and go to private schools on tax dollars to become permanently eligible for vouchers going forward.

SB 1049 – Kelly Townsend (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would make violations of the “parent’s bill of rights” a class 2 misdemeanor and gives any parent to right to sue district or charter schools, to be represented by the state, for an up to $5,000 civil fine per violation.  

HB 2448 – Quang Nguyen (R-1) – OPPOSE – Would require public schools to provide firearms training sometime between grades 6 and 12.

HB 2008 – Quang Nguyen (R-1) – OPPOSE – Would require students to be taught the “brutality” of communism as a way to instill fear of the ideology before they graduate. 

HB 2616 – Joseph Chaplik (R-23) – OPPOSE – Would require a specific “opt in” consent for each student to require a mask usage at public and charter schools.

SB 1211 – Nancy Barto (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would require teachers to post a list of EVERY SINGLE item teachers use or discuss with students!!

PUBLIC SAFETY

SB 1016 – Kelly Townsend (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would stop pharmacies from refusing to fill prescriptions for off-label uses in times of emergency.  A clear attempt to allow the dangerous practice of using wacko cures for COVID promoted by far right groups and that cause considerable harm to people.

SB 1567 – Nancy Barto (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would ban the government from requiring the covid vaccine or from “discriminating” against anyone who refuses to be vaccinated.

SB 1217 – Victoria Steele (D-9) – SUPPORT – Would extend the duration of an emergency order of protection from 72 hours to 5 days.

SB 1252 – David Gowan (R-14) – OPPOSE – Would make it easier to justify the use of deadly force as a private citizen.

HB 2086 – Joanne Osborne (R-13) – OPPOSE – Would ban schools from requiring covid immunizations for attendance.

HB 2489 – Justin Wilmeth (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would make 18-20 year olds eligible a concealed carry permit with the same weak requirements as those over 21.

HB 2282 – John Filmore (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would ban the use of photo radar in Arizona.

HB 2447 – Quang Nguyen (R-1) – OPPOSE – Would force community colleges and universities to allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons on campus.

HB 2507 – Ben Toma (R-22) – OPPOSE – Would ban governments from restricting religious organizations from meeting in-person – even during periods of emergency like COVID.

HB 2619 – Steve Kaiser (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would require the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide a link on their website to a widely debunked QAnon supporting unverified reporting services.

HB 2662 – Regina Cobb (R-5) – OPPOSE – Would reduce the hackability of common apps currently purchased through Google and Apple app stores by allowing these apps to be purchased outside the major corporation controls.

SB 1048 – Warren Petersen (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would ban all levels of government from ordering the closing of any business during a state of emergency.

SB 1494 – JD Mesnard (R-17) – OPPOSE – Would ban the state from with holding unemployment insurance from someone who was fired because they refused to get vaccinated against COVID.

HB 2043 – Quang Nguyen (R-1) – OPPOSE  – Would force any employer who denies an employee a religious covid-19 vaccine exemption to be liable to $500,000 or more in damages and legal fees ‘that result from a significant injury caused by receiving the covid-19 vaccination”.  

HB 2198 – Steve Kaiser (R-15) – OPPOSE – Mandates any employee who is fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID would get one year’s salary or reinstatement – retro active to November 2021.

HB 2316 – John Kavanagh (R-23) – OPPOSE  – Would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring guns into libraries, community centers, public pools, state museums, the DMV, government offices, block parties, marches and street fairs – even if asked to turn over their firearms for storage

HB 2414 – Jacqueline Parker (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would allow parents to bypass gun-free zones at schools and have loaded weapons in their vehicles while dropping off kids.

HB 2453 – Neal Carter (R-8) – OPPOSE – Would ban all government buildings from requiring people to wear face masks.

LGBTQ RIGHTS

SB 1138 – Warren Petersen (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would ban medical personnel from helping anyone under the age of 18 with their gender transition.

HB 2294 – John Fillmore (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would require state documents to identify people as either male or female.

RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM TO ORGANIZE

SB 1166 – Vince Leach (R-11) – OPPOSE  – Would ban spending any state dollars on “union activities,” defined to include candidate work or lobbying for bills or ballot measures.  Seems to have been written by the dark-money libertarian Goldwater Institute.

TAXATION AND REDUCTIONS IN GENERAL FUNDS

SB 1372 – Tyler Pace (R-25) – OPPOSE – Would allow anyone who lives outside of Arizona to buy a vehicle in Arizona free of state and city sales taxes!  Huge benefit to the wealthy who can afford to fly into Arizona, buy a car and drive it home.

HCR 2017 – Neal Carter (R-8) – OPPOSE – Would rewrite the state constitution to repeal and CONSOLIDATE property tax exemptions – would allow lawmakers to include all kinds of new exemptions in the fine print.

FOSTER CARE

HB 2084 – Joanne Osborne (R-13) – SUPPORT – Would help kinship families become licensed faster and eliminates time consuming tasks that delay ensuring the safety of children.

HB 2274 – Jeff Wenninger (R-17) – SUPPORT – Would increase the monthly stipend for foster care from $75 to $300 and provide state matching funds for kinship foster care families who decide to become licensed as a foster parent.

GOVERNANCE

HB 2592 – Neal Carter (R-8) – SUPPORT – Would increase the stipend to Superior Court jurors that would allow everyday citizens to serve on juries easier.

HB 2101 – Gail Griffin (R-14) – OPPOSE – Would repeal state guidelines for retail competition of electricity and would interfere with the Corporation Commission’s planning effort.

HB 2107 – Leo Biasiucci (R-5) – OPPOSE – Would repeal local emergency powers that would allow a mayor to close a business during a period of emergency.

HB 2536 – Gail Griffin (R-14) – OPPOSE – Establishes requirements for candidates for Corporation Commission that are unreasonable and unnecessary and furthermore would prevent any current Democrat from serving.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

SB 1164 – Nancy Barto (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would ban abortions after 15 weeks!!

HEALTHCARE

SB 1272 – Tyler Pace (R-25) – SUPPORT – Would use federal matching funds to extend for one year postpartum care to low-income women.

FREE SPEECH

HB 2473 – STRONGLY OPPOSE – if a company or person supports a boycott the firearms industry you are prohibited from a government contract in Arizona!!!!

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HB 2309 – Jennifer Jermaine (D-18) – SUPPORT – Would lead to notifying a minor in custody of their rights and notifying the minor’s parents of the minor’s rights.HB 2595 – Jacqueline Parker (R-16) – OPPOSE – Would allow the removal of a judge based on unsubstantiated allegations of bias or prejudice.

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