This Week’s Legislative Actions: March 21, 2021

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Few of us are enthralled by procedural gimmicks at the Legislature. Most are not covered in the basic “how a bill becomes a law” training–which describes how the legislative system is designed to work (before actual legislators get involved with their tricky schemes). 

NOW appear Strikers...also called “strike-everything amendments,” these replace all existing text from bills that have already gotten partway through the legislative process. The new text doesn’t even have to be related! Strikers can revive dead bills, skip over parts of the public hearing process, advance unpopular ideas, or all of the above.

Question: How much longer is Request to Speak active?
Answer: RTS is not eternal. In fact, the last day for bills to be heard in committees in the crossover house is March 26. So, for the most part, RTS, testifying for or against bills, and entering comments for legislators to see will no longer be available after March 26 (with the exception of the Appropriations Committees).

AZ LEGISLATURE WEEKLY UPDATE  •  MARCH 22, 2021
Get informed and learn what to do next by clickingHERE

 If you have 60 minutes: Join CEBV’s Thursday night RTS training or drop into the Sunday afternoon RTS Happy Hour, both on Zoom.

RTS description and training listed at the bottom of this email.
Sign up for the CEBV newsletter: HERE
Contact:  cebv.us

RTS HAPPY HOUR, TODAY!
Sunday, March 21, 4-6 pm

Join Civic Engagement Beyond Voting for virtual Happy Hour:Pre-register HERE

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ARIZONA NETWORK
 Public Ed Community Action Team
 ✅Join us for a special statewide SOSAZ team zoom update tonight at 6 pm!

Special guests: Beth Lewis (Co-founder SOSAZ) & Melinda Merkel Iyer (State legislature legal expert SOSAZ)
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/85302199552?pwd=c1M2b2c0Q0lpRDRKMnVxRXl4WkxRUT09 Meeting ID: 853 0219 9552 Passcode: 500629

Read bill details here >
Full SOSAZ Weekly Education Report

CONTACT:  kari@sosaznetwork.org, 928.899.4388 (text or call)
Northern AZ Outreach Coordinators Save Our Schools AZ Network 

Join the Voting Rights Defense Team to
Fight Back Against Voter Suppression!

Tues March 23,  4:30-6:30 pm
Sign up 
HERE
We’ll be phonebanking and canvassing in key districts over the coming weeks, working to let voters know about the ongoing attacks on voting rights at the Arizona state legislature and urging them to get in touch with their state legislators. 

Sign up for a shift and we’ll even send you one of our awesome I HEART PEVL T-shirts! 

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
FROM THE SIERRA CLUB

READ THE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE HERE

Stop AZ Legislature’s Bad Neighbor Bill!

Read about it and take action HERE
Another version of the “Right to Harm” or bad neighbor legislation passed out of the House Land Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. The strike-everything amendment on SB1448 would have a chilling effect on any nuisance actions by small farmers or property owners against these big concentrated animal feeding operations by giving further deference to these facilities and forcing a plaintiff to risk having to pay attorneys’ fees. Please use the button below to tell your representatives to vote No on SB1448

Also, call your representatives on Thursday, March 25th to help flood their phone lines against SB1448. You can find their numbers here

How To Use The Request To Speak (RTS) System

PRESCOTT RTS:  Good evening, fellow armchair activists!
Join us tomorrow, Sunday at 8:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83530222887    

This week we again have not so many bills to comment on, but there are many calls and emails to make where we can share our views with either our reps or the sponsors of the bills. l.
Join us tomorrow at 8:30 to discuss how we can best make our voices heard and anticipate what’s coming up as the legislative session draws to a close.
Cheers,  Abby Brill

Learn How To Use The RTS System…Become A Couch Activist
Watch the CEBV Short Training video any timeHERE
Sundays 4-6 pm:  CEBV Open House, Training, information about upcoming bills.  State Senators and Reps often drop by to add comments and updates. Redistricting info when available
Register HERE

RTS Spread Sheet Summary, compiled by Diane McQueen.  Comes out weekly:  CLICK HERE

LD1 CONTACT INFO AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTSSenator Karen Fann
kfann@azleg.gov          602-926-5874
Senate Rules Committee

House Representative Judy Burges
jburges@azleg.gov          602-926-3256
Committee Assignments
Nat’l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; 
Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety

House Representative Quang Nguyen
qnguyen@azleg.gov         602-926-3258
Committee Assignments
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety

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Prescott Indivisible was founded in 2017, when Paul Hamilton and Nicole Romine put an ad in the local paper, requesting local progressives to show up at the library. Over 100 people lined up. In short order, we had formed a local chapter of the national Indivisible movement. Within six months we adopted a set of Guidelines that sets the framework in which we work, designed a logo and printed and sold t-shirts. Our mailing list quickly expanded from 100 to over 1,200. We usually have 100 or more attend our general monthly meetings.

Prescott Indivisible has a strong track record of activism. We adopted the team concept: Communication/Events; Voter Education and Elections; Education; Environment; Human Rights; Immigration and Peacekeepers to assist with safely issues. Initially we had a steering committee that consisted of volunteers. After our guidelines were adopted, the steering committee is made up of elected officers and members at large and the heads of the various teams, or their designees. A diverse group of community activists, social justice advocates and others that have volunteer ties to non-profits and religious organizations, the steering committee assists the teams when asked and sets the agendas.

Our teams and their members have worked diligently to make their voices heard. We have made thousands of calls, mailed hundreds of postcards to our legislators in Arizona and in congress. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for issues of crucial importance to Arizona and the nation.

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