This Week’s Legislative Actions:
April 18, 2021
AZ LEGISLATURE WEEKLY UPDATE • APRIL 18, 2021
This Tuesday marks day 100 of the 2021 session, the magical ending point we all hope for. However, the legislature is taking its time, sending just a few bills to the floor each day. This allows them to adjourn those floor sessions early and spend plenty of time in private to negotiate a budget.
Meanwhile, many of the bad bills we are fighting are still alive. Last week saw fresh public outcry over multiple killings at the hands of police, including the murder of a 13-year-old child. Undeterred, the Legislature is responding by advancing HB2309, an attempt to criminalize Black Lives Matter protests. Your voices are critical in helping to stall this bill and so many others.
BAD BILLS – Please, take action!
– HB2309. This bill is a direct attempt to criminalize protest. If it passes, people could face severe felony charges just for being present at a protest where someone damages property. And it’s up for a vote in just a few days. Take two minutes right now and call/email Sen. Fann and tell her to vote NO!
Here are helpful TALKING POINTS
If HB2309 becomes law, it will be applied in a discriminatory way. Prosecutors will use this bill as yet another excuse to charge Black and Brown protesters with felonies just for speaking out and exercising First Amendment rights.
-SB1457 has also reared its ugly head. As you probably know, this anti-abortion bill would criminalize doctors for legal medical care. And it could pass in the next few days! Email and call your representatives and Governor Ducey and tell them “VETO SB1457”.
You can learn more about the status of all the bills currently in play at today’s Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s Happy Hour. To register and for additional information, CLICK HERE.
Letters to the Editor workshop! Presented by CEBV, Thursday, April 22, 6:00 pm. If you haven’t been to CEBV superstar Laura Terech’s Letters to the Editor workshop, you don’t know what you’re missing! We’re excited to offer this training publicly for the first time, so SIGN UP HERE! They will cover: Why letters to the editor are important; Potential topics; Structure and templates; Tips for getting published; and Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s LTE Hub.
Get informed and learn what to do next by clicking HERE
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ARIZONA NETWORK
Public Ed Community Action Team
Budget negotiations have started, but we don’t expect a fast finish. The anti-public education bills we’ve been fighting are stalled for now—thanks to YOU. Read the weekly for details on where bills stand.
Slow budget negotiations means we have time to get active and raise our voices to demand full funding for our public school children, and no cutsto schools via special-interest tax breaks or private school vouchers.
If you have 2 minutes – use this quick email tool. Extra credit: personalize the email with authentic stories about why you support public schools.
If you have 5 minutes – use this quick call tool. There’s a script to make it easy!
Set up a Postcard Party – fill out this form and we’ll send postcards to your door! We’ve got thousands going out around the state, with instructions how to mail them to lawmakers!
Want to get more involved?Sign up to volunteer today! We have non-contact, safe canvasses happening all around the state. Our volunteers are focusing on helping voters understand which lawmakers support public schools – and which do not.
Don’t have much time, but want to help?We could REALLY use your financial support to fund our literature for canvassing, markers for car painting, postcards, stamps, printing, and so much more. Grassroots organizing isn’t cheap!
Thanks for being in this fight. It means the world to us. Team SOSAZCONTACT:email@example.com, 928.899.4388 (text or call)
Northern AZ Outreach Coordinators Save Our Schools AZ Network
SIERRA CLUB LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
As we have said many times, no bill is dead until the Arizona Legislature adjourns. While HB2309 was paused for several weeks awaiting action in the Senate Rules Committee, it is now on the Rules agenda for Monday. That means the Republican Majority is planning to move it forward. HB2309 (violent; disorderly assembly; public order) targets protesters by increasing the penalties of lower level offenses to a felony if part of a gathering that the police have deemed a violent or disorderly assembly. This will chill actions by protesters and have a disproportionate impact on people of color who are already targeted by law enforcement.
ARIZONA STATE LD1
CONTACT INFO AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTSSenator Karen Fann
Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges
Nat’l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections;
Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety
House Representative Quang Nguyen
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety
Governor, Doug Ducey
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 602.542.4331
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