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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT 

Featured Items: Equal Rights Amendment 

ACTION NOW:
The Senate resolution (S.J.Res 6) to eliminate the ERA time line now has 46 signers. Senator Sinema is a co-sponsor but Senator McSally is not. Please contact McSally at 1-602-952-2410 or at https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact_martha and ask her to co-sponsor.

The Arizona legislature has once again failed to even schedule either the ERA (now the 28th amendment) or the bills for a State ERA. Remember in November!

Please continue to write to your local papers in favor of the ERA, both opinion pieces and letters to the editor. Tips for doing both and talking points are on the website.

If you are the owner of a business, please email us to say YES put me on the list and give us the contact info that you want listed. We'll send you a decal for your window so you can make your belief for equality a sales point. If you go to a business, and who doesn't, ask every one you frequent to support the ERA by sending an email with the YES and their contact information. Don't support businesses that don't support you.


A clergy group to support the ERA has been started by an evangelical minister so if you know of any clergy member from any faith who supports, have them contact the ERA Task Force.

If the ERA Task Force can send a speaker to your group or you can host a gathering, let them know. Check out the website and facebook page for contacts and information. It's your equality after all. ERAtaskforceaz.com 

UPDATES

Because of COVID-19, the House and Senate have now restricted access to both chambers and will limit (even further) testimony in committee. Moreover, there is a rumor that they might suspend the session all together for a couple months and then come back to do the budget. So it is even more important that you are signed up for Request to Speak (RTS) and if not, use your representative's email address for communication. The phone works well too and is actually a step up in impact from an email.


Unfortunately, the bad bills to restrict voting, to burden citizens right to initiatives, and to absolve bad police officers are moving. A few good bills are moving as well for small criminal justice reform steps and to assist the most vulnerable citizens.

CONTACT LIST

When the bill is in a committee, the person to contact is the committee chair and if your representative or senator is on that committee, contact her/him too. When the bill gets to the floor, the person to contact is your own Senator or Representatives. Once a bill passes both houses, the person to contact is the governor. (The ERA does not need the governor's signature.) 


If you want some tips on writing a letter to your legislators, go to 
https://erataskforceaz.com/resources
Senate President
Karen Fann
kfann @azleg.gov
602.926.5874
Speaker of the House
Rusty Bowers
rbowers @azleg.gov
602.926.3128
Of course you will want to have the email and phone numbers of your own legislative district Senator and two Representatives. If you don't know, go to this web site:
https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/
If a bill gets to Governor Ducey's desk, his contact is:
engage@az.gov
602.542.4331
You can find a contact form at:
https://azgovernor.gov/engage/form/contact-governor-ducey
SPECIAL NOTES

AZNOW and the Legislative Committee of Central Phoenix Inez Casiano NOW chapter is always happy to have new members. You don't need any special skills, we'll teach you all you need to know! If you are interested or curious, please contact: Dianne Post at postdlpost@aol.com
HOUSE DEADLINES
Mar. 27 - Last day to hear House bills in Senate
Apr. 17 - Last day for Conference Committees
Apr. 25 - Sine Die
SENATE DEADLINES
Mar. 27 - last day to hear Senate bills in House
Apr. 18 - Last day for Conference Committee
Apr. 21 - 100th day
Sine die:  

ACTION ITEMS FOR THIS WEEK
If you want tips on writing to your senator or representatives, go here: https://erataskforceaz.com/resources
 
Bills passed and sent to the other chamber are in italics. Pay attention to which committee bills are in because there are House bills in both the House and Senate and Senate bills in both the Senate and House. It’s stated in the “action.”


We urge you to sign up and use the Request to Speak system, call or email your legislator or show up for a committee hearing and have your voice heard!

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK IN THE HOUSE?
 
HOUSE    
BILL #/SPONSOR CONTENT ACTION
HCR2032 Single subject in title for initiatives, just more reasons to attack them Senate Judiciary 3/12, do pass 4-3
HB2049, Espinoza  Adds conditions to medical Marijuana including autism, opoid addiction etc.SUPPORT House Rules 3/9, C&P 5-3
House COW 3/12 – Do pass as amended.  This could be voted on at any time.  Contact your own two representatives.  
HB2052, Barto Chiropractic care Ok under AHCCCS if Dr. authorizes  House Rules 3/9, passed 8-0 House passed 58-0 on 3/12 and transmitted to Senate
HB2236 – Allen Expands who can be in deferred prosecution program by not allowing prosecutor to exempt those with earlier convictions or drug charges. House passed 60-0 on 2/25 and transmitted to Senate
HB 2413 - Allen Juvenile court may retain jurisdiction after 18, SUPPORT Senate Judiciary 3/05, Passed 7-0, Senate Rules 3/09 – PFC
This could be voted on the floor at any time.  Contact your own senator.
HB2422 – Barto  Coordinated reentry plan for jails, for getting into behavioral health and substance abuse providers, data, $8 mill House passed 60-0 on 2/25 and sent to Senate
HB2580 – Allen Prisoner transition program – 3,500 into transition program
SUPPORT
Senate Judiciary 3/05, passed 7-0, Senate Rules 3/09, PFC
This could be voted on at any time.  Contact your own senator. 
HB2682, A Hernandez Teaching Holocaust and genocide. SUPPORT Senate Rules 3/09 PFC
This could be voted on at any time.  Contact your own senator.
HB2695 – Nutt A course in financial literacy counts as a work activity for TANF. SUPPORT Senate Rules 3/09, PFC
This could be voted on at any time.  Contact your own senator.

Every address is first initial and last name with ATazleg.gov. So use that ending on every one.
 
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK IN THE SENATE?
 
SENATE    
SB1020, Rita Ballot measure prop 105 – to add the “no can change” language to all props.   House Elections 3/10, passed 5-3
SB1032, Rita Vote by mail, if signature missing, cannot correct it House Elections 3/10, passed 6-3
SB1036, Allen 3rd party admin of empowerment scholarships repeal House Passed 58-0 on 3/12 and sent to Senate
SB1143 – Fann Adds anti-semitism to hate crimes. But definition they are using causes free speech problems for those supporting Palestinians. NEEDS AMENDMENT Senate Rules 3/09, PFC
Senate COW 3/12 do pass
This could be voted on at any time.  Contact your own senator.
SB1278, Boyer Victims ID not to go to defendant’s attorney House Judiciary 3/11, do pass 7-3
SB1393, Carter Jails, education, appropriation -provide to those under 21 w/o HS or GED,  House Education 3/9, passed 12-0 
SB1434, Gowan Recall petitions, making more difficult, taking power from Secretary of State House Elections 3/10, passed 6-3
SB1441, Farnsworth Protection Orders – if one has exclusive use of house and moves or circumstances change, notify and could change. This NEEDS AMENDMENT to not penalize the victim if s/he has to flee and hide and also need to define what is “change of circumstances” that would justify changing use of house. House Judiciary 3/11, passed 7-2
SB1444, Bowie Absence from school for mental or behavioral health is excused. SUPPORT House Education 3/2, passed 11-0, House Rules 3/09, passed 8-0, This could go on the floor to vote at any time.  Contact your own two representatives.  
SB1445, Bowie Suicide training for all school employees House Education 3/09, passed 12-0
SB1472, Carter Postpartum, AHCCCS -plan to increase postpartum participation. The 4 who voted against women – again - Sylvia Allen, David and Eddie Farnsworth, Michelle Ugenti-Rita. Senate passed 3/09 by 26-4
SB1523 Brophy McGee – Mental health omnibus –Jake’s Law Governor signed on 3/3.
SB1660, Boyer Child sex trafficking, omnibus, Best practices.  Senate passed 28-0 on 3/12 and sent to House.
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE?
 
HOUSE    
BILL #/SPONSOR CONTENT ACTION
HCR 2011, Griffin Commending border patrol – This is the border patrol that is treating immigrants inhumanely according to the United Nations and many U.S lawyers, were just given permission by the Supreme Court to shoot innocent children across the border in Mexico, and half of whom were reported to be posting on a white supremacist facebook page.  They deserve condemnation not commendation. OPPOSE Senate Transportation and Public Safety 3/11 do pass 5-2
Senate Rules 3/17
1 p.m., Caucus room 1, chair kfann, vice rgray, member:  sborrelli, dbradley, efarnsworth, mquezada, rrios
HB2019, Fillmore More for-profits, public or private, into education and technical education in post-secondary to gobble up public education dollars. OPPOSE Senate Education 3/10, do pass 8-0
Senate Rules 3/16
See contacts above.
HB2054, Bolick Allows any person to attack a rule of the Clean Elections which they can now but allows the governor’s hand picked regulatory council to modify, revise, or void.  Continued attack on Clean Elections. OPPOSE Senate Govt 3/9 do pass 4-3
Senate Rules 3/16
See contacts above.
HB2072, Blackman Mental health professionals, NAU would develop a 3-year pilot program, a full time masters student can get $10,000 for 3 years. Sets up fund and reports. SUPPORT Senate Appropriations 3/17
Meet at 2:00 pm SHR109, Chair, dgowan Vice, vleach members:lalston, sbowie, hcarter, skerr, dlivingston, lotondo, mugenti-rita
HB2084  Locals cannot require permitting if building int’l border wall, presumption state grants permission- amendment requires property owner to give city a certificate of completion. Ineffective, inefficient, 8thcentury technology in the 21stcentury, just plain stupidity. OPPOSE Senate Govt 3/9, passed 4-3
Senate Rules 3/16
See contact above.
HB 2114 – Allen Restrictions on placing officer’s names in data base – protecting bad apples. We need more transparency with law enforcement, not less.OPPOSE Senate Transportation and Public Safety, 3/18
9:00 a.m. SHR 109, Chair dlivingston, vice fpratt, members:  lcontreras, sborelli, efarnsworth, skerr, lotondo, jpeshlakai
HB2120 Teller Cannot prohibit a student enrolled or eligible for a federally recognized tribe from wearing cultural regalia on graduation. SUPPORT Senate Education 3/17
2:00 pm, SHR1, Chair: sallen, vice: pboyer, Members: sborrelli, kbrophymcgee, adaleassandro, sgonzales, rgray, tpace, mquezada
HB2359 Work license denial prohibited; drug convictions. Amendment restricts to whom it applies i.e. not education, law enforcement, health care or marijuana license.  SUPPORT Senate Commerce 3/12, passed  6-0
Senate Rules 3/16
See contacts above.
HB2415 – Dunn Appropriations for southern border – cameras, software, services. Some of the law enforcement along the border don’t even want this. We need money for the humanitarian crisis at the border, not more militarization.  OPPOSE Senate Appropriations 3/17
See contacts above.
HB2473 – Payne Changes definition of criminal speeding - amendment changed to 90 rather than 20 miles over the posted speed.This is insanity. Have you driven lately? People can’t handle their cars at 65 let alone 90! And it is wasteful of fossil fuel pushing more carbon into the air.  OPPOSE Senate Transportation and Public Safety, 3/18
9:00 a.m. SHR 109, Chair 
Dlivingston, vice fpratt; members – lcontreras, sborrelli, efarnsworth, skerr, lotondo, jpeshlakai
 
HB2538 – Shah Adding health care workers to list of those for whom aggravated assault could be charged. This punishes the most vulnerable (patients) at the time they are sick or in an agitated state.   It charges them with a high felony for which there is no early release – sending more people with mental illness to prison – exactly the opposite of what we need. Health care workers are already protected – they don’t need more.  OPPOSE Senate Health and Human Services, 3/18
9 a.m. SH1, Chair kbrophymcgee, vice hcarter, members: sallen, rgray, tnavarrette, tpace, rrios, vsteele
 
HB2540 – Longdon Adds emotional abuse to harm done to vulnerable adults. SUPPORT Senate Health & Human Services 3/18
See contacts above.
HB2642 – Weninger Civil rights, “because of sex” includes pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions.  Who knew we needed a law to explain that!! SUPPORT Senate Rules 3/16
1 p.m., Caucus room 1, chair kfann, vice rgray, member:  sborrelli, dbradley, efarnsworth, mquezada, rrios
HB2649 – Barto Prisoners, mental health transition program, shall create, 90 days, evidence based, evaluation. SUPPORT Senate Transportation and Public Safety 3/18
See contacts above.
HB 2654 – Thorpe Patriotic youth groups once a year get to address entire student body –  includes Boy Scouts. All clubs organized by students already have access under  the Equal Access Act. Students should determine which clubs they are interested in, not adults.  The history of the Boy Scouts with the prohibition of LGBT members but the decades long proliferation and facilitation of sex abuse by leaders should not be a club to promote.  The amendments require that both the school board and principal must approve. The law specifically says that the school cannot discriminate because of an oath to God – thus opening the door to unlawful religious proselytizing in schools. OPPOSE  House passed 44-5 on 3/05 
Senate Education 3/17
See contacts above.
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN THE SENATE?
 
SENATE    
SB1171 – Mesnard Criminal justice data - reduced to Maricopa county only. At least a start. SUPPORT Senate passed 29-9 on 3/5 and sent to the House.
House Judiciary 3/18
HHR4, chair: jallen, vice: wblackman, members: nbarto, ddegrazia, kengel, mfinchem, jlawrence, jpawlik, broberts, drodriguez
SB1228 – Brophy McGee Prisoners, braille transcribing training – new voc ed training program. SUPPORT House Appropriation 3/18
HHR1, Chair rcobb, vice jkavanagh:  members; despinoza, cfernandez, jfillmore, rfriese, akern, alieberman, broberts, btoma, mudall
SB1302, Pratt Decreases time of vehicle impoundment from 30 to 20 days, positive to get cars back to poor people who need them especially in the rural areas.  SUPPORT House Transportation 3/18, 2:00 pm, HHR3, Chair, ncampbell, vice lbiasiucci, members: randrade, dcook, rgabaldon, kpayne, ateller, rteran, bthorpe
SB1397, Mesnard Pre-existing conditions, prohibition good BUT no teeth on how much insurance companies can charge. Democrats tried 6 times to amend the bill to prohibit insurers from pricing consumers out of  the market by high premiums for someone with a pre-existing condition.  All failed.  NEEDS AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT PRICE GOUGING.  House Commerce 3/17
Meet 2:00 pm, HHR3, chair, jweninger, vice, tgrantham,  members:lbiasiucci, kbutler, cchavez, mepstein, akern, rmeza, broberts
SB1435, Gowan Death benefit to firefighters is housing for spouse. This government benefit should be means tested.  We should not be giving (more) state money to wealthy people. NEEDS AMENDMENT  House Public Safety 3/18
10 a.m. HHR3, members of the committee are: Chair kpayne, Vice-Chair akern; members: randrade, ncampbell, dhernandez, jkavanagh, jlongdon
SB1446, Bowie If school issues ID, put suicide call number on there. SUPPORT House Education 3/16
2:00 pm, HHR1, Chair, 
Mudall; vice jfillmore; Members – nbarto, lbiasiucci, lblanc, rbolding, fcarroll, rcobb, alieberman, jpawlik, gpeten, tshope, ktownsend
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