Prescott Indivisible AZ Legislature Updates
April 26, 2021
Prescott Indivisible Correction
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THE CONTINUED FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
Read the Full SOSAZ Weekly Education Report
Kari Hull and Nicky Indicavitch, No. AZ Outreach Coordinators for Save our Schools AZ Network, urge you to show up for their STATEWIDE ZOOM MEETING. Special Guest is Rep. Jennifer Pawlik, with special AZ Legislature Updates! Register here
The Sierra Club website has a Legislative tab for environmental issues. https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/2021-legislative-updates
SOS Northern AZ Community Action Teams!
We need to keep up the emails and calls this week!
It is soooooo easy!
The emails and calls are automated and allow for you to customize the text and will be sent directly to your lawmakers. SOSAZ set this up and it is MAGICAL! (I promise, no more than 3-5 minutes to make the 3 calls & 3 emails)
Read bill details and see the links for automated emails and calls in this week’s SOSAZ Ed/Leg update.
Click here – SOSAZ Education/Legislative Update
Click here –Take Action Now and fill out this form. Tell us what you are willing to do NOW to help us elect a pro-public education Legislature and Governor in 2022!
MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE
CEBV’S LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY
Learn more about what is going on in the Legislature and the status of the bills under consideration at today’s CEBV Happy Hour. To register CLICK HERE.
With all that is going on in Arizona, it’s hard to stay focused. The unnecessary Maricopa county ballot recount, the AZ Legislature’s continued push to pass voter suppression bills, bills to inhibit women’s rights, and bills to jeopardize our right to assemble, are all a reminder that we MUST continue our efforts to do what we can to advance what is right and fair for all Arizonans.
This week, the focus of our work is to stop SB1457 from becoming law. This anti-abortion bill passed the Legislature on Friday and is on Governor Ducey’s desk. It will:
- OUTLAW abortions for genetic anomalies
- CONFER the same constitutional rights and protections to fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses as the pregnant people carrying them
- CRIMINALIZE pregnancy and miscarriages, and IMPRISON doctors
- DENY ACCESS to science-based medical treatment
- ENSHRINE one religious view into law
- ELIMINATE reproductive rights
- ENDANGER lives
If you do nothing else this week, please call Governor Ducey at 602-542-4331 and tell him to VETO SB1457. Also use Twitter if you have an account — tweeting @dougducey gets under his skin.
IN THE HOUSE – These bills passed House Rules. Could make it to a Floor vote this coming week where Reps. Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3258) and Burges (email@example.com 602-926-3256) will have a vote. Email or call now.
SB1007 –OPPOSE There presently exists a list of situations where a parent-child relationship can be severed. SB1007 adds to that list the instance, where evidence is shown, that the child was conceived because of sexual assault resulting in a pregnancy.
SB1486 – APPROVEThis Bill changes the classification of drug testing strips. Unfortunately it is becoming all too common for a variety of drugs to be laced with fentanyl. . Presently the strips that strips exist to detect fentanyl are classified as drug paraphernalia. SB1486 would take the strips out of that category.
IN THE SENATE Contact Sen. Karen Fann. She has a vote – firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5874
HB2792 – OPPOSE hits the Senate Floor on Monday. It is a vindictive effort stating that Early Ballots cannot be sent to voters unless they have requested them. To deal with Covid concerns the Maricopa Co. Recorder tried to send ballots to all voters for the 2020 Primary but was stopped. Statute was unclear as it did not say ballots for all was prohibited nor did it say the practice was allowed. This Bill would prohibit Elections officials from making that call in an unusual circumstance.
HB2575 – OPPOSE The only Bill sponsored by Rep Quang Nguyen makes it to the Senate for a final vote. HB2575 allowing clergy into a hospital during a pandemic was modified in both the House and the Senate from the original version Rep. Nguyen submitted. One amendment stipulates the clergy visit must be allowed by the hospital’s visitation policy as opposed to the original version which dictated to hospitals. Note: the Secular Coalition called to give the Secular perspective of the “clergy Bill” and Rep. Nguyen simply hung up on them.
HB2427 – OPPOSE contains a striker to resurrect the Bill eliminating school attendance boundaries. Bill passed the Senate Committee of the Whole on April 22 and is scheduled for a floor vote on Monday April 26. Bill eliminates the concept of neighborhood schools.
Invitation to Assist with Redistricting Communication – To assist in a statewide effort, contact a Prescott Indivisible Redistricting Liaison Maria Lynam (email@example.com) orMaria Elena Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and find out how you can comment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. The IRC Tuesday meetings are open for public written comment from 9:30a on.
What would a volunteer have to do? You will be sent a weekly email with talking points that you can rewrite and submit prior to the Tuesday IRC meetings via the Contact Us form on the website or during the meeting via an on-line form. Your input will make the Independent Redistricting Commissioners understand that the public is listening! You do not have to listen to the meeting unless you so desire. PLEASESTEP UP! This opportunity comes once every ten years!
Thurs. April 29 6-7:30pm Presentation on Redistricting by the League of Women Voters of Arizona to hear from Dr. Erika Neuberg, Chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Meeting link HERE. Submit questions in advance HERE.
Monday, May 3 at 5 pm Join Civic Engagement Beyond Voting for their Letters to the Editor workshop!If you missed Laura Terech’s Letters to the Editor workshop, you’re in luck–they scheduled a repeat due to popular demand!
What will be covered:
1. Why letters to the editor are important
2. Potential topics
3. Structure and templates
4. Tips for getting published
5. Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s Letters to the Editor Hub Sign up HEREIf you attended the first session on April 22, you’ll want to attend one of these follow-up workshops:Thursday, May 6 at 5 pm
Wednesday, May 19 at 5 pm
You know, sometimes lawmakers don’t listen—to phone calls, to emails, or any other remote action. Sometimes we just have to show up in numbers that are big enough to get their attention.
Sign up to join the Voting Rights Defense Coalition’s Direct Action Team! A member of the coalition will reach out to you when we need boots on the ground to defend voting rights. Sponsored by the Voting Rights Coalition, a collaboration of more than 50 local and national groups fighting voter suppression in Arizona.
Keep Up the Pressure – Sinema and the Filibuster!
Senator Kyrsten continues to oppose the elimination of the filibuster. She continues to say little about her views on the matter, and sends inquiring constituents — of which there are many, some angrier than others — lengthy explanations defending her stance.
Continue to contact Sinema’s office via email or call: Washington Office – (202) 224-4521; Phoenix – (602) 598-7327; Tucson – (520) 639-7080
Don’t forget to leave your name and city/town. Remind her that you voted for her and contributed to her campaign and that she should listen to her constituents and vote against continuing the filibuster.
Please Assist if Possible – Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation “No Questions Asked Food Pantry” – Open 10-noon M-F to accept donations, they will also accept checks to GPUUC and cash to purchase supplies. (FYI – For our new members: GPUUC has welcomed us over the past four years. We have used their main meeting room and the building across the street, Faith Development Center, for our activities.) Their current needs: Non-food items: toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap; Food items: rice (white, please); pasta/noodles; fruit; fruit juice; granola bars; vegetables, canned (no green beans please); refried beans; tomatoes, canned; canned meats/beef stew; soup (canned and dry packets); jelly/preserves; honey; flour; baby food/baby cereal; cookies; pudding; tuna; stuffing mix; dried potatoes Condiments, etc.: Cooking oil; salt/spices; ketchup/mustard; hot sauce/salsa; coffee; cocoa/hot chocolate mix; nondairy creamer.
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