LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
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Gov. Doug Ducey will be holding a virtual town hall on Sunday, May 31st, at 6 p.m. to give updates on the state’s response to COVID-19 and potentially other issues (perhaps the state of emergency order). More information can be found on http://https://azgovernor.gov.
AZNOW speaks out against police misconduct, police brutality, and codemns all forms of racism in light of the tragic death of George Floyd. On Sunday, Governor Ducey declared a state of emergency with an 8PM curfew for the remainder of the week in response to recent protests on the issue. The Central Phoenix-Inez Casiano NOW chapter will be holding a third discussion on the Hulu and FX miniseries Mrs. America on Thursday, June 4th, from 5PM to 630PM MST. The discussion will center around episode 3 - "Shirley". You can register & learn more about the event here. The entire 6 episode series on the history of ERA can be viewed here.
The Arizona Senate refused to take up around 30 house bills on Tuesday and instead voted to end the legislative session. Special sessions are expected (which must be called by the Governor) to address COVID-19 and economic recovery related bills.
On the National level, the U.S. House continued with online voting and virtual hearings while the Senate continued with in-person meetings. H.Res 965, which allows members to vote remotely and conduct committee hearings by video link, valid for 45 days, passed by 217 to 189, Grijalva, Gallego and Stanton voted FOR, while Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Lesko and O'Halleran voted AGAINST, Kirkpatrick did not vote.
HR6800, which provisions $3 trillion for coronavirus relief, termed the HEROES package, passed 208 - 199. Scalie (R-LA) complained that there was no money in it to hold China accountable. How about holding the administration responsible? Grijalva, Gallego, O'Halleron, and Stanton voted FOR, Kirkpatrick did not vote. Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, and Lesko voted AGAINST.
Republicans sought an amendment to refuse those without valid social security numbers from obtaining a stimulus check i.e. the bill now allows those with IRS Taxpayer identification number. It was rejected. Grijalva, Gallego, O'Halleron, and Stanton voted AGAINST, Kirkpatrick did not vote. Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, and Lesko voted FOR.
S.J. Res 6 (the bill to extend the deadine for the ERA) remains unsigned by McSally. We ask that you call and ask for her support and also call South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (chair of the judiciary committee) on Wednesdays and ask that he allow the bill to be heard. 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.
The federal government has filed its objections to Virginia's ratification of the ERA, making it the 38th, and final state necessary. The two main points are standing (the right to file a suit i.e. skin in the game) and the timeline. Women certainly have plenty of "skin in the game" and have been fighting for the ERA for 97 years. The response and amicus briefs will be filed on Monday, June 8th.
Like most groups, 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.
The Arizona Senate abruptly ended the 2020 legislative session on Tuesday, May 26th, despite earlier indicating they would hear non-controversial bills from the House. Special sessions, which must be called by the Governor, are expected in the coming weeks. As the Senate's Tuesday vote offically concludes the 2020 regular session, AZNOW & AZNOW PAC would like to thank you for responding to action alerts, for your continued support, and would like to encourage you to PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3RD. Please also continue to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings and our opinions by visiting https://aznow.org or http://aznowpac.org.