Action in the Legislature Last Week and What’s Coming

The Arizona Legislature suspended the Fifty Fourth Legislature – Second Regular Session on March 23 as a result of the general shutdown caused by the Covid-19 virus.  The Senate returned on May 8 only to vote to end their 2020 session altogether for the year.  The House decided to remain in session.  It now appears […]

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Action Alert: Urgent in AZ House

The Arizona House is back in session and bills are flying fast. Please RTS on these ASAP: SCR 1003 – OPPOSE – Would increase the exemption from property tax of property used for agriculture, trade or business from $185,000 to $1 Million.  This would be a tax cut and cost the general fund about $1.5 […]

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Action Alert: Say “No” to SCR 1018

Update May 19 am: The Committee hearing on this bill was canceled. It is still available for RTS comment and we urge you to register your opposition through RTS or email. **This bill is up in the Arizona House Elections Committee on May 19. Take action now to protect the voting power of rural Arizona.** […]

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Take Action: Call Gov. Ducey

Time to call and write the Governor: 602.542.4331 Email Remind him that he said he would follow the science and that you agree! We need at least a 14 day downward trend of cases and deaths before lifting the stay-at-home order. When the order is lifted, reopening should be in stages with organizations and businesses […]

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Take Action for Healthy Elections!

State: Telephone or email our state legislators to reconvene and protect voters and election workers: Support SB1077, “Countywide Elections; Vote by Mail.”  This bill, introduced by Senator Sean Bowie, has not yet been heard in committee, but could be revived. It would allow counties to conduct a mail ballot election for any election, provided that 60% […]

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Action Alert: The Next Cornavirus Bill Must Help State and Local Governments

Background: McConnell’s rejection of federal aid for states risks causing a depression, analysts say. Local governments are being left out by Congress and need special support due to the impacts of the COVID19 virus. Take Action by calling Congress with this script: “My name is ___________________, I live in ______________, at zip code __________.  I’m […]

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Applications Needed for Impact on Redistricting Commission

The Governor has set the application deadline to fill a recent vacancy on the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments (CACA). CACA plays a large part not only in selecting the supreme and appellate court judges, but also in redistricting. CACA recommends candidates for the Arizona Supreme Court and the Appellate Courts, and decides the 25 […]

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Action Alert: State Land Fire Restrictions

Supervisor Ryan suggested we advocate to the State to close down campfires on state lands. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, for firefighters to take COVID precautions while fighting a fire. As of Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Forest Service has restricted the use of fires on all National Forests in Arizona.  The City of […]

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Action Alert: Local Governments Being Left Out By Congress

In the latest economic aid package, which cleared the Senate late yesterday, Democrats got a lot of what they asked for. The bill includes improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program, for example, as well as funding for hospitals that Republicans were originally prepared to delay. From a progressive perspective, there’s no denying the final version is a […]

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Action Alert: Tell Ducey To Follow the Science

Yesterday, a small group of protesters circled the empty Arizona Capitol demanding that Governor Ducey lift his stay-at-home order. These small protests seem not to be spontaneous, grassroots movements but rather something egged-on by Trump re-election operatives, and, of course, by Trump’s own Tweets. Still, these are the Republican base and while Ducey is not […]

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