Arizona Legislative Alert – March 6, 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

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

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!! (Not eligible for RTS e-mail or phone reps directly)

HB 2161 – Steve Kaiser (R-15) – OPPOSE – Would require publicly funded schools to give parents access to all their records, including shot records and psychological files.  Schools would be banned from withholding information from parents about students’ emotional health or gender identity, or helping the student withhold such information.  This bill makes no allowance for restraining orders or legal lack of custody.  

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.

HB 2439 – Beverly Pingerelli (R-21) – OPPOSE – Would require school boards to approve every single book purchase in advance and to publicize for 60 days what books are to be bought!!

PUBLIC SAFETY

SB 1650 – Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23) – OPPOSE – Would make it very easy to justify shooting someone if a property owner felt the person was damaging their property.  It would be ok to shoot someone for tagging a building with graffiti.  (Not eligible for RTS e-mail or phone reps directly)

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.

SB 1273 – Tyler Pace (R-25) – OPPOSE – Would allow motorcycles to ride between stopped vehicles on city streets.

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

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

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.

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.

HB 2591 – Travis Grantham (R-12) – OPPOSE – Would use state tax dollars to construct the border wall.

VOTING RIGHTS

HB 2237 – Jake Hoffman (R-12) – OPPOSE – USE RTS – Would outlaw same-day voter registration!!!  This is the OPPOSITE of what Arizona should be doing!!

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 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.

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.

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!!

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

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

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!  

TAXATION AND THE GENERAL FUND

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.

SB 1003 – Vince Leach (R-11) – OPPOSE – Would force cities and counties to cut their property tax if they received money in the 2021 American Rescue Plan – a clear negation of what the act was all about.

SB 1017 – Sean Bowie (D-18) – SUPPORT – Would establish a finance review task force to analyze state revenues, expenses and debts – would help our government run more efficiently.

GOVERNANCE

HCR 2031 – Regina Cobb (R-5) – OPPOSE – Another attempt to punish Flagstaff for having a higher minimum wage than the state-mandated one.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HB 2328 – Kevin Payne (R-21) – OPPOSE  – Would remove financial liability to companies who contract with the state for prison labor making them unaccountable for injuries or death!!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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