MID-WEEK UPDATE: LEGISLATIVE ALERT

March 31, 2021

STRIKERS HAVE CHANGED OLD BILLS INTO TOTALLY NEW CHALLENGES!

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW TO LET THEM KNOW YOUR OPINION ON THESE BILLS!!

HB2140OPPOSE –  subject to a striker that would make it a class 3 felony for a doctor to provide an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, just shortly after most pregnant women miss their first period. Many women don’t know they are pregnant at this stage. The only exception is to save the life of the pregnant woman; there are no exceptions for rape or incest. These so-called “heartbeat bills” are model legislation being introduced nationwide that amount to a near-total ban on abortion.

HB2190OPPOSE –  subject to a striker that would ban businesses from refusing to serve people who are unvaccinated.. People who violate this law would be committing a class 5 felony; businesses who violate it would get their licenses yanked for at least 30 days. The bill is model legislation from an organization helmed by Kris Kobach, architect of Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant SB1070 law. 

HB2387OPPOSE – subject to a striker that would broaden who can count ballots by hand in the event of an audit. This is clearly designed to further the Senate’s plan to perpetuate the myth of fraud in the 2020 election by hand-counting all 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County. 

HB2523OPPOSE – subject to a striker that would create a “border security fund” with the purpose of completing the southern border wall. 

HB2565 –  SUPPORT – subject to a striker that provides $5M for the housing trust fund. This funding would be allocated to grants for mortgage down payments, services for homeless youth and families, and emergency shelter beds. 

HB2817SUPPORT subject to a striker that would establish a modest funding weight for gifted students, dedicating more resources to support their learning. The current funding intended for students with these higher needs is no longer adequate, if it ever was. The current school funding formula is over 40 years old and does not account for the movement of students out of their traditional district boundaries. 

HB2830OPPOSE – subject to a striker to duplicate the federal “motor voter law” that requires states to offer voter registration at vehicle licensing agencies. This proposal would allow those registering for game and fish or gun permits to register to vote at the same time. This is a major change that should go through proper policymaking channels, not be sprung on people as a striker in the last week with zero vetting or public input. Might be a good idea, but at this point, how would we know? 

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