AZ Legislative Alert – January 16, 2023

Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party


January 16, 2023

Here is the contact information for our Legislators:


LD 1 – Ken Bennett 602-926-5874
LD 7 – Wendy Rogers 602-926-3042
LD 6 – Theresa Hatathlie 602-926-5160

President Warren Petersen 602-926-4136

Majority Ldr Sonny Borrelli 602-926-5031
Minority Ldr Raquel Teran 602-926-3308


LD 1 – Selina Bliss 602-926-4018
LD 1 – Quang Nguyen 602-926-3258
LD 7 – David Cook 602-926-5162
LD 7 – David Marshall 602-926-3579
LD 6 – Mae Peshlakai 602-926-3708

LD 6 – Myron Tsosie 602-926-3157
Speaker Ben Toma 602-926-3298
Majority Ldr Leo Biasiucci 602-926-3018
Minority Ldr Andres Cano 602-926-3027
E-Mail Contact for Governor Katie Hobbs:
NOTE: Some of the following bills are eligible for RTS (that is, they are scheduled for committee review) and some are not. The RTS eligible bills will be indicated below. For those not RTS eligible, you can still record your opinion via the MY BILL POSITIONS menu option in the RTS System. This is known as RTS 2.0 – these will be identified below as well.


SB 1001 – Kavanagh (R-3) – OPPOSE – The bill would ban teachers from using a student’s chosen pronoun without parental written permission. Kids dealing with personal identity confusion need all the help they can get. They are very susceptible to suicide. The support exhibited by using their preferred
pronoun lowers that suicide risk. USE RTS.

SB 1040 – Kavanagh (R-3) – OPPOSE – Would ban trans kids from using the school bathrooms, changing facilities and “sleeping quarters” that align with their gender identity. Allows anyone to sue. Previous
legislation like this has been found to be unconstitutional – this will lead to serious legal challenges that will need to be defended at tax-payer expense. USE RTS.

HB 2351 – Contreras (D-12) – SUPPORT – Would ban health care professionals from using the abusive, discredited practice of “conversion therapy” on minors. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association oppose this “therapy”. USE RTS 2.0 GOVERNANCE

SB 1011 – Kavanagh (R-3) – OPPOSE – Would make municipal elections, mayors and city council, partisan starting in 2024. Clearly a partisan attempt to sway local elections. Use RTS.

SB 1021 – Kavanagh (R-3) – OPPOSE – Would require the Attorney General to defend all laws passed by the legislature against all legal challenges. Clearly an attempt to limit the discretion of the newly elected Democratic Attorney General. USE RTS

HB 2059 – Diaz (R-19) – OPPOSE – Would stifle public protests by creating ill defined “crimes” that could be charges with serious felony penalties for very minor offenses. Extends penalties to city employees who don’t respond “appropriately”. USE RTS.

HB 2061 – Biasiucci (R-30) – OPPOSE – Would ban cities from charging sales taxes on food items. This is a purely local issue and should not be legislated in Phoenix. This could have drastic impacts on local
budgets without their input. USE RTS


SB 1013 – Kavanagh (R-3) – OPPOSE – Would eliminate “free speech” zones on college campuses – allowing anyone who is present to protest anywhere on campus. This could result in protests in the classrooms and other sensitive areas – crating safety issues. Being pushed by the Goldwater Institute –
enough said. Use RTS

HB 2071 – Terech (D-4) – SUPPORT – Would ban the use of corporal punishment in schools. USE RTS 2.0

HB 2154 – Seaman (D-16) – SUPPORT – Would cap School Tuition Organization (STO) administration costs at 5% – This private school voucher program currently allows these for-profit organizations to claim 10% of program costs for admin! USE RTS 2.0


HB 2137 – Salman (D-8) – SUPPORT – Would expand eligibility for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (KidsCare) – to low income families making $69,000 per year or less. Over 30,000 Arizona kids don’t have health care! USE RTS 2.0

HB 2141 – Salman (D-8) – SUPPORT – Would require Arizona’s Medicaid program to provide comprehensive dental care for pregnant women ages 21+. This is the sixth consecutive year this has been introduced – time to pass it!! USE RTS 2.0


HB 2256 – Cano (D-20) – SUPPORT – Would increase Arizona’s investment in the Housing Trust Fund to $150 million. The fund provides housing for people experiencing homelessness. Clearly Arizona needs more affordable housing. USE RTS 2.0
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