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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT 

Featured Items: Equal Rights Amendment 

ACTION NOW:
The Central Phoenix-Inez Casiano NOW chapter held a discussion on the Hulu and FX miniseries Mrs. America on Thursday, May 7th, and plans to hold another discussion now that the series has ended. The entire 6 episode series on the history of ERA can be viewed here.

The Arizona Senate reconvened for the first time since March on Friday, May 8th, however, the House did not and has not yet set a timetable for return. The Senate subsequently voted to adjourn but is waiting on approval from the House. On the National level, the U.S. Senate reconvened on Monday, May 4th, but the House has not yet set a retrun date. The U.S. Capitol is scheduled to reopen to the public on Saturday, May 16th. S.J. Res 6 (the bill to extend the deadine for the ERA) remains unsigned by McSally. We ask that you call her and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (chair of the judiciary committee) on Wednesdays asking that they support the bill. You can reach McSally at 1-602-952-2410 or at https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact_martha and Graham at 1-202-224-5972.

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 the national level, the Wall Street Journal reported that formal negotiations on new "phase four" stimulus package had been paused and won’t resume until late May or early June. President Donald Trump visited Arizona's Honeywell facility in Phoenix on Tuesday, May 5th, for an event celebrating the company's production of COVID-19 masks and other products. His remarks were broadcast on c-span.org and are available here.

It is very likely that the Arizona House will adjourn, following the Senate, but just in case, please still continue to sign up for Request to Speak (RTS). If not for this year, then in preparation for the next!

If you want some tips on writing a letter to your legislators, go to 
https://erataskforceaz.com/resources
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
TBA - Reopening of Legislative session
TBA - Last day for Conference Committees
TBA - Sine Die
SENATE DEADLINES
Sine Die
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