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AZ NOW Legislative Alert 2-26-17

Now that the deadline has passed for hearing bills in the house of origin, the list of bills I’m following has decreased.  But the need for action gets more desperate as the bad bills get closer to passage and the good ones run out of time.  There is something for everyone (and against you too) in this list.

Spread far and wide.  Thanks for all you do.
Dianne Post, Legislative Liaison NOW

 2017 Legislation List –Action Alert on 2/26/2017 Items requiring action are noted in BOLD.  Contact information at bottom.

NUMBER TITLE/CONTENT STATUS/ACTION
HCR 2007 Allow legislature to repeal referenda – overturns the voter protection law that says the legislature cannot overturn a voter approved referendum OPPOSE – PASSED House, 35-25
URGE Senate President not to assign.
HCR 2010 Constitutional Convention – the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. OPPOSE – PASSED HOUSE 31-27  FAILED in Senate on 3rd read 13-17.
HCR2016 Care enough to get in the way of bullying etc. SUPPORT – PASSED House 56-2  amended, on to Senate
HB2021 Eligibility child case assistance, eligible families with children under 25 can be engaged in school rather than work so long as they maintain a C average SUPPORT – PASSED House 46-12, as amended
HB2086 ID cards – prohibits municipalities from issuing ID cards, OPPOSE – PASSED HOUSE – 33 to 25, SENATE assigned to Government.
HB2091 Repeal required fingerprinting for TANF, SNAP SUPPORT –  PASSED HOUSE, Senate Health and Human Services hearing on 3/1, sign in with RTS to support or contact members.
HB2238 Sex trafficking – changing “child prostitution” to “sex trafficking” to fit with federal and international law SUPPORT PASSED House unanimously.    Hearing in Senate Judiciary  on 3/2, sign in with RTS to support or contact members.
HB2268 Must submit sexual assault evidence kits in 15 days, annual reporting on rape kits SUPPORT – PASSED with amendments relaxing the rules, sent to Senate, assigned to Judiciary, no hearing set yet
HB2302 Electoral College – shall vote for candidate with highest # of votes in state OPPOSE – PASSED 34-24, sent to Senate, assigned to Judiciary, no hearing set yet
HB2320 Ballot measures, put on disclosure about 105 -requires putting on an initiative that it would have voter protection and could not easily be overturned, allegedly to harm chances of passing OPPOSE – PASSED HOUSE 35-25
URGE Senate President not to assign.
HB2290 Provisional licenses, criminal convictions (SB1071) SUPPORT – PASSED  HOUSE AS AMENDED 57-1,
HB2372 Extends TANF 12 months with conditions SUPPORT – PASSED HOUSE 31-29
HB2403 Clean elections, prohibited contributions – cannot pay a political party for any services OPPOSE – PASSED House as amended 35-25
URGE Senate President not to assign.
HB2404 Strict compliance for initiatives – trying to diminish voter power, guarantee signatures, file a bond, punish organization for individual violation, criminal background check, can’t pay based on number of signatures, would make it more difficult to get the required number of signatures for citizen initiatives. OPPOSE PASSED House 35-24
URGE Senate President not to assign.
HB2408 Making wheelchair only parking spaces and decals – disability community opposes as discrimination and harming parking availability. OPPOSE – PASSED House 33-24
URGE Senate President not to assign
HB2444 Sexual assault, victim advocate, privilege SUPPORT –  PASSED HOUSE 59-0
SB1108 Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS care SUPPORT –  PASSED Senate 29-0 on to House
SB1009 Theft of flag -we already have a law prohibiting theft, we don’t need another one specially for the flag.  It’s aimed at demonstrators. OPPOSE – PASSED SENATE, 16-14
URGE House Speaker not to assign
SB1142 Riot, planning, participation is all racketeering – if either disturbs public peace or results in damage to property of another person, is an attempt to interfere with our First Amendment right to protest, OPPOSE – PASSED Senate17-13
URGE House Speaker not to assign
SB 1157 Competency hearings – shorten  time span, from Task Force Jeremy and I are on SUPPORT-  House Judiciary and Public Safety hearing on 3/2, sign in with RTS or contact members.
SB1160 Borrelli – TF – driving violation, restricted rather than suspended license, w/o glasses is misd, violation is civil not criminal, cop cannot take car unless driving on revoked not suspended license, and several other positive provisions. SUPPORT, PASSED SENATE 30-0, sent to House, assigned to Judiciary and Public Safety
SB1174 Desegregation money – force schools to do override naming it desegregation money and if don’t pass, then reduce money by 15% for 5 years.  Also limits override in amount and years (7). This is one of the annual attempts to cut off the desegregation money to schools. OPPOSE– Held in Senate
SB1239 Making it a parking violation to be on access aisles for disabilities – Disability community agrees it’s aimed against them as they often have to park over the line to get doors open. OPPOSE – PASSED SENATE, House assigned to Transportation and Infrastructure, hearing on 3/1, sign in with RTS or contact members.
SB1243 Misconduct involving weapons, public places -­­OK to have misconduct in public places with guns if you have a permit or it’s a “secured” place OPPOSE Senate COW on 2/27, Contact your Senator to vote NO.
SB1350 Terrorist threats, false reports, terrorism OPPOSE, PASSED SENATE, HOUSE assigned to JUDICIARY AND Public Safety, hearing on 3/1, sign on with RTS or contact members.
SB1253 Cops can review the video tapes of a use of force incident.  It was amended to remove the section that officer looks at video before writing report but leaves vague so that departments can enact policies allowing it.  That is the opposite of best practice, which is that the officer write report without looking at video. OPPOSE – PASSED SENATE 19-11, as amended
Urge House Speaker not to assign
SB1355 Rights of sexual assault survivor, testing of DNA and match etc. SUPPORT – PASSED 30-0, in House assigned to Judiciary and Public Safety, no hearing set yet
SB1367 Reporting a life birth from an abortion or punish doctor unless s/he tries to keep fetus alive,
This requires the doctor to report a life birth from an abortion – which makes no sense to me anyhow but it is obviously interference with women’s right to privacy and choice and doctors medical practice
OPPOSE – PASSED  18-12,as amended
URGE House Speaker not to assign.
SB1406 Establishes a juvenile justice reform committee study SUPPORT – PASSED 30-0 as amended
SB1439 No discrimination against health care agencies that REFUSE end of life care decisions by patients -allows health care agencies to refuse to provide end of life care in the fashion a patient asks. OPPOSE – PASSED SENATE, 17-13 amended

SENATE – Urge Senate President not to assign HCR 2007, HB 2320, HB2403, HB2404, HB2408.  Senate President is Steve Yarbrough, syarbrough@azleg.com, 602-926-5863.
HOUSE – Urge House Speaker not to assign SB1009, SB1142, SB1253, SB1367. House Speaker is J. Mesnard at jmesnard@azleg.com, 602-926-4481.

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Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

02.15.2017
Reposted by AZ NOW 02.18.17
The withdrawal of Andy Puzder’s nomination for Secretary of Labor comes at a pivotal time for U.S. workers.Graduation-300x300Andy Puzder built his business on exploiting workers, bilking them out of fair wages and humane workplace conditions, and using the sexual objectification of women to sell hamburgers. His business model was built on policies that harm low-wage workers, who are predominantly women, disproportionately women of color. All that was acceptable to the rubber-stamp Republican Senate, but when they saw the videotape of his former spouse detailing his vicious threats and abuse they finally pulled the plug.
1-Million-300x300Now that Andy Puzder has withdrawn his nomination to be Secretary of Labor, Donald Trump must be made to see the choice he faces.  He can pick another crony capitalist or Wall Street billionaire with whom he likes to golf at Mar-a-Lago, or he can pick someone who has an actual track record of supporting workers.
The next Labor nominee needs to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the well being of workers in three crucial ways: First, the nominee must promote a true living wage — at minimum, $15 per hour, although that may already be too low in some cities.  Second, they must be committed to programs and policies aimed at eliminating the gender and gender-race wage gaps, as well as sexual harassment in the workplace. Third, they must support the right of all employees to join unions and bargain collectively for decent wages and working conditions.
2058-300x300Donald Trump should have been mortified to even nominate Andy Puzder to lead the U.S. Department of  Labor. Trump isn’t likely to change, but he can wake up to the political reality his disastrous nomination of Puzder has created.   NOW calls on Trump to pick a nominee who will support and strengthen workers—not exploit their labor or use them to line his own pockets.
Andy Puzder’s nomination was unsustainable, but a nominee with the same views in a more palatable package will be equally unacceptable.  NOW leaders and activists around the country are newly energized, and we will carefully scrutinize Trump’s next Labor Secretary nominee.  Donald Trump is having a bad week, but it will get worse if he nominates another crony capitalist to be Secretary of Labor.

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dianne-post-202x3002-18-17 AZ NOW Legislative Action Alert

Now that the deadline has passed for hearing bills in the house of origin, the list of bills I’m following has decreased.  But the need for action gets more desperate as the bad bills get closer to passage and the good ones run out of time.  There is something for everyone (and against you too) in this list.

Spread far and wide.  Thanks for all you do.
Dianne Post, Legislative Liaison NOW

2017 Legislation List – Update and Action Alert on 2/18/2017 (the highlighted ones or ones that say CONTACT require action.  The other are the updates on previous bills. 

 

NUMBER TITLE/CONTENT STATUS/ACTION
HCR 2004 Repeal clean elections OPPOSE Appropriations, 2/15, FAILED 6-4 in committee
HCR 2006 Constitutional Convention – no House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 2/7 OPPOSE –  the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED 6-3 CONTACT your two representatives in opposition.
HCR 2010 Constitutional Convention House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED committee 6 to 3. PASSED HOUSE 32-27  On to Senate.
HCR2013 Constitutional convention for balanced budget – no OPPOSE – House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED 6 to 3. PASSED HOUSE 33-25 On to Senate.
HCR2016 Care enough to get in the way of bullying etc. SUPPORT House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on Feb 7 PASSED. CONTACT your two representatives to support.
HB2091 Repeal required fingerprinting for TANF, SNAP PASSED Health 7-0; PASSED Rules 9-0; passed both caucuses on 1/31, SUPPORT in House COW – contact your two individual representatives.
HB2208 Inhalers administration in school PASSED Health 9-0, still has rules
HB2226 Request Article V convention to balance budget PASSED House 33-25 on to Senate.
HB2238 Sex trafficking – makes many changes to different laws changing “child prostitution” to “sex trafficking” to fit with federal and international aw, recommended 6 years ago!  Took out “intent” requirement as required, defines same as federal definition, Farnsworth SUPPORT Judiciary & Public Safety Committee, hearing on 2/1, finally the responsibility is put on the proper person – the adult abuser – and not on the child victim.  PASSED 9 to 0.  PASSED House unanimously.   On to Senate.
HB2255 Ballot measure (Thorpe) – must be resident to spend money or contribute or be a committee registered in AZ PASSED 5-3
HB2268 Must submit sexual assault evidence kits in 15 days, annual reporting on rape kits Judiciary and public safety, hearing on 1/25/17, PASSED 9 to 0, PASSED Rules 9 to 0.  PASSED both caucuses.  PASSED with amendments relaxing the rules, sent to Senate
HB2302 Electoral College – shall vote for candidate with highest # of votes in state House Federalism, property rights and public policy, 1/31/2017, PASSED 6 to 3.  Ready for floor, CONTACT YOUR two representatives in opposition.
HB2290 Provisional licenses, criminal convictions (SB1071) SUPPORT, PASSED Military and Public Safety Committee 8-1 and Rules 9-0. Retained on COW calendar meaning someone is trying to kill it. Contact Jmesnard@azleg.gov to put it on the calendar.  CONTACT your two representatives to support.
HB2372 Extends TANF 12 months with conditions SUPPORT – PASSED Health, 9-0, PASSED Approps 13-0, awaiting  Rules
HB2403 Clean elections, prohibited contributions – cannot pay a political party for any services OPPOSE House Government, 2/16  PASSED 5-3
HB2404 Strict compliance for initiatives – trying to diminish voter power, guarantee signatures, file a bond, punish organization for individual violation, criminal background check, can’t pay based on number of signatures OPPOSE – House Government 2/16
Would make it more difficult to get the required number of signatures for citizen initiatives. PASSED 5-3
HB2408 Making wheelchair only parking spaces and decals OPPOSE – House Transportation and Infrastructure  2/15, disability community opposes as discrimination and harming parking availability. PASSED 7-1
HB 2418 No taxes on feminine hygiene and baby diapers and formula SUPPORT – House Ways and Means committee on 2/15 PASSED 6-3  Assigned to Health also and did not have a hearing so probably dead.
HB2442 AHCCCS, dental care, pregnant women, would extend dental care to PG women SUPPORT House Health committee on 2/16, Passed 9-0, still has appropriations and rules so probably dead.
HB2444 Sexual assault, victim advocate, privilege SUPPORT – gives sexual assault victims privilege, PASSED 9-0,
HB2504 Public accommodation, discrimination, sanctions SYMS – sanctions on attorneys who bring suits JPS  – PASSED 9-0 with amendment that does what the Kavanagh bill (SB1198) did i.e. puts in a 60 day correction period and says if it is corrected, there is no liability.
SB1069 Vacate judgment and expunge for felony 4,5,6, can waive fines/fees but not restitution (HB 2289) SUPPORT Judiciary 2/9
PASSED 7-0  with a strike everything and insert of SB1127 – Ban the Box
SB1108 Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS care SUPPORT –  HHS – hearing on 1/25, PASSED 7 to 0, awaiting Rules PASSED 29-0 on to Senate
SB1160 Borrelli – TF – driving violation, restricted rather than suspended license, w/o glasses is misd, violation is civil not criminal, cop cannot take car unless driving on revoked not suspended license, and several other positive provisions. Hearing in Jud on 2/1, PASSED 7-0
SUPPORT in Senate COW on 2/13
PASSED SENATE 30-0, sent to House on 2/14
SB1174 Desegregation money – force schools to do override naming it desegregation money and if don’t pass, then reduce money by 15% for 5 years.  Also limits override in amount and years (7). Appropriations on 1/31/2017 OPPOSE– this is one of the annual attempts to cut off the desegregation money to schools. PASSED 6 to 4. Awaiting Rules.
SB1198 Public accommodation, services, civil actions – Kavanagh OPPOSE – Judiciary, 2/16, to allow businesses an extra 90 days to comply with Americans with Disabilities Law – they have already had 26 years.  PASSED 4-3
SB1239 Making it a parking violation to be on access aisles for disabilities – Kavanagh READ:  transportation and technology.  Dispute in thinking on this whether it’s to harm the disability community because of the lawsuits against business or to help them.  PASSED 7 to 0. Awaiting rules.
 
I suggest OPPOSE – In Senate COW on 2/13.  Contact your own senator to vote against.
SB1253 Cops can review the video tapes of a use of force incident before giving a statement – opposite of best practice OPPOSE – Senate Commerce and Public Safety, hearing on 2/6, PASSED 6/2
SB1274 Set up commission to do poverty tracking especially of intergenerational families – Worseley SUPPORT– The bill would set up a commission to do poverty tracking especially of intergenerational families.  PAFCO has been working on it for good.  Government 2/15 PASSED Government but still has Health and Human Services and Rules so probably dead.
SB1315 DR – preference for parent who agrees to 50% time.  This would give preference in custody to the parent who agrees to 50% time sharing.  It harms battered women and those protecting abused and molested children because they are not willing to give 50% time so they are punished often by losing custody all together to the abuser. OPPOSE – Health and Human Services on 2/15
Judiciary on 2/16 PASSED both 7-0
SB1342 Requiring search warrants for tracking devices and cell simulators (sting ray) PASSED, Ready for floor.  CONTACT YOUR Senator in support.
SB1355 Rights of sexual assault survivor, testing of DNA and match etc. SUPPORT – JUDICIARY – passed unanimously, CONTACT YOUR SENATOR in support.
SB1366 Police officer victim is an aggravating factor – NO already have as a felony OPPOSE – PASSED committee, Ready for floor, CONTACT your senator in opposition.
SB1367 Reporting a life birth from an abortion or punish doctor unless s/he tries to keep fetus alive,
This requires the doctor to report a life birth from an abortion – which makes no sense to me anyhow but it is obviously interference with women’s right to privacy and choice and doctors medical practice
OPPOSE – Health and Human Services on 2/15 PASSED 5-2 Ready for floor, CONTACT your senator in opposition.
SB1406 Sweeps juvenile justice local money to state general fund and establishes a juvenile justice reform committee study Appropriations, 2/7, READ – PASSED, ready for floor, study committee is good but sweeping money is not. CONTACT YOUR senator.
SB1422 Vacate conviction of sex trafficking victim including for ordinance, cannot use as prior conviction for future punishment SUPPORT Judiciary 2/16  The sex trafficking victims should be treated as victims, not criminals.  Often they are teens. PASSED 7-0
SB1439 No discrimination against health care agencies that REFUSE end of life care decisions by patients OPPOSE – Health and Human Services, 2/15 – allows health care agencies to refuse to provide end of life care in the fashion a patient asks.  PASSED 5-2