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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT 

Featured Items: Equal Rights Amendment 

ACTION NOW:
I write this from Richmond, VA where I am attending a strategy session of the VA Ratify ERA successful campaign to get the ERA passed in VA to make it the 38th and pivotal state. They are morphing into a national grassroots hub to help the unratified states get the ERA passed and make it all 50. Much preparation work was done on Friday; Saturday was a 4 hour discussion and strategy session from which I just returned. Tomorrow, International Women's Day, March 8 is the celebration march and rally starting at 3 p.m. VA time. The First Lady of the state will be speaking among others.

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

Conflicting priorities: HB 2055 is an example of a bill both good and bad. Clean Elections (good) is primarily funded by traffic fines. HB2055 would allow courts to commute those fines to community restitution i.e. work (good for poor people for whom fines and fees often start a downward spiral from which they can never recover). This was one of many suggestions that came from the Supreme Court Task Force on Fair Justice. But income is thus lost to Clean Elections (bad). A way to fix that problem is to have an amendment to HB2055 that would make it means tested i.e. only the poor or those on public benefits would be eligible. It was never meant for the likes of Representative Biascucci.


A.R.S. 28-1603 in HB2055, it has a means test i.e. that fees can be waived if it would be a hardship which has to be proven or if the person is receiving public benefits. That same provision should be put into A.R.S. 28-1604 just below to ensure that the benefits go to the right people and Clean Elections is still funded.

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 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
HCR 2020, Nutt Lt. Gov and Gov run together, pros and cons, League of Women Voters opposes.  Voters have several times rejected already. House Passed 40 to 20 on 3/04
Transmitted to Senate 
HB2055, Blackman  Can do community restitution for civil traffic violations.  But see explanation in “updates” above regarding need for “means testing”  to ensure continued funding of the Clean Elections Commission.     Senate Transportation and Public Safety 3/04 passed 5-3
 
HB 2114 – Allen Restrictions on placing officer’s names in data base – protecting bad apples House Vote on 3/3 Passed as amended 31-28, sent to Senate.  
HB2120 ,Teller Cannot prohibit a student from wearing cultural regalia on graduation.  Amendment specifies that student must be member or eligible of a federally recognized tribe so as to prohibit cultural misappropriation.   House passed on 3/2 as amended 58-2 and transmitted to Senate.  
 
HB 2143 – Kern Student athletic can earn compensation on likeness etc. House passed on 3/3 on vote of 45-15 as amended and transmitted to Senate.  
HB2260 – Kern Cannot enact policies to prevent nursing home people to give life-saving care to people.  House Passed as amended on 3/5, vote of 56-3 and sent to Senate.  
HB2698, Bolding Day of Racial Healing – 3rdTuesday in January, not holiday  House Rules 3/02 passed 6-0 as C&P
HB2706, Barto Athletics, biological sex, girls teams must be girls and must prove you are one. “Save Women’s Sports Act” or “Show me your Genitals Act” House Passed on  3/3 by 31-29 as amended and sent to Senate.  
HB2727, Osborne Pregnant women are eligible for dental care under AHCCCS House Rules 3/02 passed 6-0
Passed 52-8 on 3/05 and sent to Senate.  

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    
SB1170 - Carter Dental care for pregnant women.  E. Farnsworth voted NO in spite of his claim that he wants to “protect women” (except those raped by their husbands), but apparently not pregnant women either.  The other no vote was Michelle Ugenti-Rita.   Senate passed 2/26, 27-2 and transmitted to House.
SB1171 – Mesnard Criminal justice data – mandates collection of data with certain exemptions.   Senate passed 29-9 on 3/5 and sent to the House.
SB1315, Alston $250 for kinship foster care. The one NO vote was E. Farnsworth.  Apparently he doesn’t want to help extended families either. Senate vote on 3/3 passed 29-1 and transmitted to House.
SB1333, Livingston Peace officer rights, due process, get notice to interview, can do on work time, limits questions that can be asked, can have representative present, limits when can be ordered re mental or behavioral exam etc. protecting bad apples. Senate vote on 3/04 ,the bill failed 17-12. Motion for reconsideration was passed so it will come up again after some internal negotiations.  
SB1397, Mesnard Pre-existing conditions, prohibition  Senate passed on 3/3 by vote of 30-0 and sent to House.
SB1446, Bowie If school issues ID, put suicide call number on there Senate on 3/2 passed 29-0 and transmitted to House.
SB1529, Livingston Health care ministries – is not transaction of insurance so no regulations.  A scheme where members pay for each other’s expenses, horror stories have been reported about people who thought they were buying insurance and then found nothing was covered.   Senate vote on 3/2 failed 13/16.  Motion to reconsider was passed so it will be coming up again.  
SB1664, Gowan Gun free zones, civil liability, liable for any damages Senate 3/05 – failed by 13-16
 
 
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
9:00 a.m. SHR 109, Chair 
Dlivingston, vice fpratt; members – lcontreras, sborrelli, efarnsworth, skerr, lotondo, jpeshlakai
 
HCR2032,Kern Single subject in title for initiatives, just more reasons to attack voter initiatives. OPPOSE Senate Judiciary 3/12
9:30 a.m., SHR109, Chair 
efarnsworth, vice rgray; members:sborrelli, lcontreras, adalessandro, vleach, mquezada
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
2:00 pm, SHR1, Chair: sallen, vice: pboyer, Members: sborrelli, kbrophymcgee, adaleassandro, sgonzales, rgray, tpace, mquezada
HB2049, Espinoza Adds conditions to medical Marijuana including autism, opoid addiction. SUPPORT House Rules 3/9
Members are:  Rbowers, ddegrazia, despinoza, akern, bnutt, wpetersen, asalman, tshope
HB2054, Bolick Allows any person to attack a rule of the Clean Elections and allows the governor’s hand picked regulatory council to modify, revise, or void.  Continued attack on Clean Elections. OPPOSE Senate Government 3/9
2:00 p.m. SHR3.  Chair dfarnsworth, vice sborrelli, members:  lalston, vleach, jmendez, fpratt, vsteele
HB2084, Petersen 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. Horrible policy not to mention violation of local control.  OPPOSE Senate Government 3/9
See contacts above.
HB2223 – Barto Only children to be entered into missing children data bases are children who are reported and who are in the care of the DCS.  A recent story about the sex trafficking ring within the foster care system reported that many children were missing from DCS and had not been reported.  So though it seems incredible that we need to make this a law, it apparently is necessary.   A bigger issue is the abuse of children in our state institutions (and contractors). Insist legislators deal with that. SUPPORT Senate Judiciary 3/12
See contacts above.
HB2359, Toma License denial prohibited; drug convictions. Amendment restricts to whom it applies i.e. not education, law enforcement, health care or marijuana license. Too limiting but  SUPPORT Senate Commerce 3/12, 10:00,  SHR1, chair; rugenti-rita; vice:tpace; members:sbowie, dfarnsworth, sgonzales, dlivingston, jmesnard, tnavarette
HB 2413 - Allen Juvenile court may retain jurisdiction after 18, can modify a monetary obligation except victim’s restitution.  Can get back right to firearm. Eliminates mandatory intensive probation and parents’ ability to ask for. Uses risk assessment instead.  Removed alcohol clause. Historical prior is separate adjudication. SUPPORT Senate Judiciary 3/05, Passed 7-0
Senate Rules 3/09
1 p.m., Caucus room 1, chair kfann, vice rgray, member:  sborrelli, dbradley, efarnsworth, mquezada, rrios
HB2580 – Allen Prisoner transition program – 3,500 people into transition program SUPPORT Senate Judiciary3/05 DPA 7-0, Senate Rules 3/09
See Contact Above.
HB2642 – Weninger Civil rights, “because of sex” includes pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions. SUPPORT Senate Commerce 3/12
See contacts above.
HB2682 A Hernandez Teaching Holocaust and genocide. SUPPORT Senate Education 3/3, passed 8-0 Senate Rules 3/09
See contacts above.
HB2695 – Nutt  A course in financial literacy counts as a work activity for TANF SUPPORT Senate Health and Human Services 3/04 passed 8-0
Senate Rules 3/09 See Contacts above.  
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN THE SENATE?
 
SENATE    
SB1020, Rita Ballot measure prop 105 – to add the “no can change” language to all props. Voter suppression.  OPPOSE House Elections 3/10
HH4, chair ktownsend ; vicechair, fcarroll, members: sbolick, jfillmore, jjermaine, wpetersen,drodriguez,asalman, rteran, bthorpe.
SB1032, Rita Vote by mail, if signature missing, cannot correct it. Voter Suppression. OPPOSE House Elections 3/10
See Contacts above.
SB1036, Allen 3rd party admin of empowerment scholarships,
repeal SUPPORT
House Education 3/2 passed 11-0, House Rules 3/09
Members are:  Rbowers, ddegrazia, despinoza, akern, bnutt, wpetersen, asalman, tshope
SB1143 – Fann Adds anti-semitism to hate crimes.  Concept is good but the ACLU opposes it due to the language of the definition that could criminalize the free speech for objecting to actions of Israel.   
NEEDS AMENDMENT
Senate Rules 3/09
See contact Above.
SB1278, Boyer Victims ID not to go to defendant’s attorney. SUPPORT House Judiciary 3/11, 9:00 a.m., HHR4, chair: jallen, vice: wblackman,  members: nbarto, ddegrazia, kengel, mfinchem, jlawrence, jpawlik, broberts, drodriguez
SB1302, Pratt Decreases time of vehicle impoundment from 30 to 20 days, positive to get cars back to poor people who need them, especially rural areas. SUPPORT House Transportation 3/11
2:00 pm, HHR3, Chair, ncampbell, vice lbiasiucci, members: randrade, dcook, rgabaldon, kpayne, ateller, rteran, bthorpe
SB1393, Carter Jails, education, appropriation -provide to those under 21 w/o HS or GED, SUPPORT AJA would like an amendment to add “parenting” classes so detainees could opt to take those as well.  It would not only help them, but help the next generation and reduce crime.   House Education 3/9
2:00 pm, HHR1, Chair, 
Mudall; vice jfillmore; Members – nbarto, lbiasiucci, lblanc, rbolding, fcarroll, rcobb, alieberman, jpawlik, gpeten, tshope, ktownsend
 
SB1434, Gowan Recall petitions, making more difficult, taking power from Secretary of State, diminishing voter iniative.  OPPOSE House Elections 3/10
See Contacts above. 
SB1441, Farnsworth Protection Orders – if one has exclusive use of house and moves or circumstances change, notify and could change.  OPPOSE It needs an amendment that if the victim is forced to flee and/or hide, s/he cannot be penalized for missing the reporting deadline.   House Judiciary 3/11
See contacts above.
SB1444, Bowie Absence from school for mental or behavioral health is excused SUPPORT House Education 3/2, passed 11-0, House Rules 3/09
See contacts above.
SB1445, Bowie Suicide training for all school employees SUPPORT House Education 3/09
See contacts above.  
SB1472, Carter Postpartum, AHCCCS -plan to increase postpartum participation. SUPPORT Senate Rules 3/2 PFC
Senate COW 3/05 - DPA
Senate vote 3/09 Contact your own Senator.  
SB1523 Brophy McGee Mental health omnibus – ID card w/info, mental health parity, advisory committee, suicide study, children’s behavioral health, Jake’s Law SUPPORT Senate Rules 3/2 PFC
Senate passed on 3/3 by vote of 60-0, substituted for HB 2764 so transmitted to Governor on 3/3. Your action at this point is to contact governor.
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