Arizona Legislative Alert – Mar. 27th, 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)

PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AND GOING TO GOVERNOR DUCEY TO SIGN OR VETO!!

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

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.

SB 1165 – Nancy Barto (R-15) – OPPOSE – USE RTS – A reprise of the 2020 and 2021 bills to bar transgender girls from women’s sports at public and private schools, community colleges and state universities.  Discriminatory bills like this are not just morally wrong they are bad for business – a ban would stop Arizona from hosting NCAA events!!

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

CALL/EMAIL/TWEET GOVERNOR DUCEY TO DEMAND HIS VETO!!!!

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

SB 1346 – Wendy Rogers (R-6) – OPPOSE – Would ban government or government contractors from going door to door to ask about an employee’s vaccination status!

HB 2746 – STRIKER for HB 2033 – Walt Blackman – SUPPORT – Would ban juvenile courts from billing kids or their parents for detention, foster care, treatment and education program, or health care while in detention.  

EDUCATION

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

SB 1269 – Michele Udall (R-25) – OPPOSE – STRIKER! – NEW! – Would widen the school funding gap between wealthy and impoverished schools by changing the school funding formula to allow wealthy school districts to raise property taxes in ways poorer school districts could not.  This is a huge change and would disproportionately harm rural schools.

HB 2278 – STRIKER – OPPOSE = Would significantly expand the amount of tax dollars that are being shoved into School Tuition Organization (STO) vouchers – further expanding a program that started at $4.5 million and has grown to $200 million – a clear attack on quality public schools and a direct subsidy for wealthy people to attend private and religious institutions.

HB 2284 -STRIKER – Would revive HB 2808 – Michelle Udall (R-25) – OPPOSE – Would punish poorly performing schools by shutting them down – without real tools to help those schools succeed.

HCR 2001 – Steve Kaiser (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would amend the state constitution to include the bill to halt the teaching of critical race theory or other racial discrimination information in our public schools.

HB 2008 – Quang Nguyen (R-1) – OPPOSE – Would require students to study communism in a way to instill fear of the ideology – would require the state to work with Koch funded schools at the state universities to develop standards.

HB 2177 – Michelle Udal (R-25) – SUPPORT  – A modest set of common-sense safety revisons for charter schools.  It increases the categories of employees who need a fingerprint clearance card, tightens the timeline for revoking a charter.  Arizona charter schools have seen the most lax oversight in the nation!!  This is a small step toward accountability.

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

IMMIGRATION

SB 1718 – David Gowan (R-14) – OPPOSE – Would spend $1.1 million and a number of full-time equivalent positions on the Border Security Fund – seems to be another attempt to spend money and resources on a border wall.

GOVERNANCE

SCR 1018 – STRIKER – SUPPORT – Would ask voters to approve a raise for state lawmakers beginning in 2023.  It would raise pay to $57,000 or 60% of the governor’s salary and limit terms for Senators to three terms and for Representatives to 6 terms (consecutively).  Current pay is $24,000.

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 2637 – STRIKER – OPPOSE – Would ban financial institutions from having a choice about who they loan to – would allow polluters and gun makers equal access to financial institutions!

PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 2166 – Steve Kaiser (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would exempt guns and firearm equipment from sales tax since such items are “necessities”!

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!!!!

VOTING RIGHTSHB 2602 – Shawnna Bolick (R-20) – OPPOSE – Would prevent county recorders from setting up emergency voting centers.

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