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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT 

Featured Items: Equal Rights Amendment 

ACTION NOW:
A petition has been started to compel the Senate to remove the deadline on the ERA. Sign on here. The Senate resolution (S.J.Res 6) to eliminate the time line now has at least 48 signers. Senator Sinema is a co-sponsor but Senator McSally is still not. Please contact McSally at 1-602-952-2410 or at https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact_martha and ask her to co-sponsor.

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented environment for many, including our local legislature. The legislature remains suspended at this point, with a tentative return date of April 13th.

Like every other group, we are meeting virtually and keeping in touch by internet and phone. Check out our website and facebook page for contacts and information. If you want to keep up on what AZNOW or the ERA Task Force is doing, sign up for our action alert list. We also need your donations to keep up our work. It's your equality after all.

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

On Tuesday, March 24th, Attorney General William Barr supported a lawsuit aimed at transgender youth participating in school sports. He signed a formal statement of interest on Wednesday addressing a federal civil rights lawsuit in Connecticut that seeks to block transgender athletes from competing as girls in interscholastic sports, the Associated Press reports. The federal government’s weighing in on this issue is likely to create support for more anti-transgender bills.

Prior to the pandemic, the Arizona House approved HB2706, introduced by Republican Arizona Senator Nancy Barto, called the "Save Women's Sports Act," which would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons' biological sex.

The impact of HB2706 would subject girl athletes to invasive medical exams while explicitly banning transgender girls from participating in sports teams and creating a whistleblower program to open up the entire field for frivolous lawsuits, physical exams of children’s genitals, genetics, and invasive blood testing. This expensive litmus test isolates and stigmatizes trans girls. It also ignores existing policies in Arizona that rightfully allow trans student participation in athletics by the Arizona Interscholastic Athletics Association.

In light of these developments, we are asking for you to call your legislators and tell them to stand with trans-youth. Given the possibility of no future hearings, it is even more important now 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.


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
Apr. 13th - Reopening of Legislative session
TBA - Last day for Conference Committees
TBA - Sine Die
SENATE DEADLINES
Apr. 13th - Reopening of Legislative session
TBA - Last day for Conference Committees
TBA - Sine Die
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!

NOTHING WAS SCHEDULED LAST WEEK IN THE HOUSE OR SENATE.

   
 
NOTHING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK IN THE HOUSE OR SENATE.
 
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