Arizona Legislature Update – April 4, 2021

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This Week’s Legislative Actions:
April 4, 2021

This week, we move from Request to Speak to other important ways — phone and email — to keep bad bills from becoming bad laws. Once bills have passed through their stacked committees, they move to the floor of the final chamber–but our pressure can still keep them from passage. 

So far, the worst of the voter suppression bills are in limbo, but pressure on legislators is mounting behind the scenes–keep calling your Representatives, as well as Speaker Rusty Bowers (602-926-3128). Tell them that their voters do NOT want access to the polls reduced, and that it’s bad for Arizona businesses to risk the backlash these voting restrictions will cause. 

AZ LEGISLATURE WEEKLY UPDATE  β€’  APRIL 4, 2021
Get informed and learn what to do next by clicking HERE

This is going to be a disturbing weekly to read, because the bills moving this week are extreme. We’re now seeing the choices voters made for the legislature in November taken to their logical conclusion. Elect clowns, expect a circus β€” elect extremists, expect authoritarianism.
 
What to do? First, defense. We must keep the extremists from taking our entire state down with them. That means stopping as many of these bills as we can. Staying vigilant will be extremely important, as committee hearings have ended and floor calendars are released only the night before, giving us very little notice that bad bills are going up for a vote. If you don’t follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please do so now. 
 
Second, offense. CEBV is already planning ahead for 2022. We must help voters connect the dots: in only 18 months, every state lawmaker will be on the ballot. We’re creating regional legislative working teams that will work in their communities to make sure as many Arizonans as possible understand what their lawmakers truly did (and didn’t do) this session. Sign up here


SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ARIZONA NETWORK
 Public Ed Community Action Team

We are glad to report that, thanks to your activism, teacher attack bill SB1058 did not make it through committee and is presumed dead πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ This proposal would have forced teachers into a ridiculous box, mandating that they post lesson plans and list supplemental resources a year in advance.  
However the massive ESA voucher expansion bill SB1452 and STO voucher expansion bills SB1041 and SB1118 could still be heard on the House floor at any time, as could Prop 208 attack bill SB1783. All told, these bills are set to siphon $1 billion away from public schools every single year.
The only thing keeping these bills from passage is our engagement, so let’s keep it up!
Use these easy new tools to make your voice heard: One-Click CALL☎️ and One-Click EMAILπŸ“ƒ

Update on Legislative Education Issues:       sosarizona.org/2021-leg-updates/

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


SIERRA CLUB LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:    
https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/2021-legislative-updates

TOMORROW The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club Presents:
 Irreplaceable: The Grand Canyon
Webinar/Podcast Series

Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 13

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a webinar and podcast series focusing on ongoing threats to the Grand Canyon region, including place, people, water, and wildlife.  Free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, April 6, 5 to 6:30 PM: Proposed Development at Tusayan
  • Tuesday, April 13, 5 to 6:30 PM: The San Francisco Peaks Traditional Cultural Property and Arizona Snowbowl

Pre-Registration Required–  
Visit https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/events-activities and select the event by date.


ARIZONA STATE LD1
CONTACT INFO AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Senator 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

Governor, Doug Ducey
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331
http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey


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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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