Prescott Indivisible AZ Legislature Updates
May 2, 2021
REMINDER: PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE GENERAL MEETING
THURS., MAY 6 – “Happy 1/2 Hour” 5:30pm
Meeting at 6pm featuring:
Diane McQueen, Outlaw Dark Money and
Eric Moore, Candidate for Prescott City Council
Meeting ID: 913 333 5046 Passcode: 134798
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AZ Legislature and “Fraudit”
Bill hearings have come to a crawl at the legislature this week due to the ongoing audit of November 2020 ballots. Many legislators are saying they want to wait to focus on the budget until the recount is scheduled to be complete, which is supposed to be May 14th, but because of graduations shutting down operations at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, it may be weeks later. With that in mind, Arizona may not sine die until June. This unnecessary debacle is creating a great deal of political theater.
Today it was announced that Anthony Kern, a former state lawmaker who was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when rioters disrupted Congress, is among the people helping to count and inspect Maricopa County ballots. Kern’s name appeared on all of the November ballots that he was counting Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum as part of an audit ordered by the state Senate. He was nominated by the Republican Party as a presidential elector, and his name appeared on the ballot alongside then-President Donald Trump’s name, along with the party’s 10 other electors. (AZ Central)
Cyber-Ninja’s CEO said that all ballot counters would be non-partisan and they had all been screened. (Guess what?)
More info re the “Fraudit: Election security specialists with high-powered policy groups are calling for federal monitors to oversee the Arizona Senate’s hand recount of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County.Citing violations of voting and election laws, representatives of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Protect Democracy urged the Department of Justice to protect ballots and prevent voter intimidation. (Article from AZ Central)
THE CONTINUED FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
Read the Full SOSAZ Weekly Education Report
Anti-Education Bills – OPPOSE ALL
SB1452 – massive ESA voucher expansion – passed the Senate and the House Ways & Means Cte on party lines – ready for a floor vote – Call & Email
SB1783 – tax cut designed to attack Prop 208 – passed the Senate and the House Ways & Means Cte on party lines – ready for a floor vote – Call & Email
HB2427 – contains a striker reviving SB1685 to create open enrollment / forced attendance lotteries – scheduled for Senate 3rd Read, Monday – Call & Email
SB1280 – contains a striker reviving SB1683 to create “transportation support grants” for choice academies, including untested and unregulated private companies, even though charter schools already receive additional funding for transportation – awaits House Rules
SB1041 – STO voucher expansion – passed the full Senate and House Ways & Means on party lines, awaits House Rules
SB1118 – STO voucher expansion – passed the full Senate and House Ways & Means on party lines, awaits House Rules
SB1273 – STO voucher expansion – passed the Senate and House Ways & Means Committee on party lines – ready for a floor vote – Call & Email
Kari Hull and Nicky Indicavitch are the No. AZ Outreach Coordinators for Save our Schools AZ Network.
Contact our legislators
Gov. Doug Ducey 602-542-4331 Twitter – @dougducey .gets under his skin
Sen. Karen Fann firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5874
Rep. Judy Burges email@example.com 602-926-3256
Rep. Qwang Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3258
The Sierra Club has many important bills for you to weigh in on this week – go to https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/2021-legislative-updates
MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE
READ CEBV’S LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY
Learn more about what our LD1 Legislators are “up to”! Read Ruth Lambert’s LD1 Legislative Update HERE.
CONTACT GOV. DUCEY ABOUT THESE BILLS
CURRENTLY ON HIS DESK
Gov. Ducey needs to hear from us! Don’t use his web form. The highest-impact contact is phone at 602-542-4331. Also use Twitter if you have an account — tweeting .@dougducey gets under his skin.
SB1003 – OPPOSE Restricts voters from adding their signature to their early ballot envelope to no later than 7 PM on Election Day. This follows a recent court case that challenged the practice of some county recorders of giving voters five days to do this. Arizona passed a law in 2019 allowing voters with signatures that didn’t match the ones on file to fix, or “cure,” their ballots up to five days after Election Day, but courts ruled the law did not extend to missing signatures. Rather than restricting the process, lawmakers should let county recorders help voters make their ballots count. Passed the House on party lines 4/29, awaits transmittal to governor.
SB1105 – OPPOSE Increases the summary printed atop ballot measures such as citizen’s initiatives from 100 to 200 words. Legal challenges to the 100-word summaries, calling the descriptions “misleading,” have become a favorite tool that dark-money special interests use to scour the ballot free of topics they don’t like. This type of challenge succeeded in 2018 with Invest in Ed — and failed with the 2020 marijuana initiative when the judge noted that a 100-word summary “can’t be expected to encompass everything.”
SB1459 – OPPOSE Subjects the Corporation Commission to the administrative review process. The Corp Comm is elected by voters and should not be subjected to additional review. This comes in the wake of landmark new rules the Corp Comm passed in November which require state-regulated utilities to get 100% of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050, which lawmakers are trying to stop any way they can. On the governor’s desk 4/28.
HB2308 – OPPOSE Makes it vastly more difficult to circulate recall petitions, mirroring “strict compliance” restrictions already in place for initiatives and referendums in which a single technical violation can disqualify an entire petition campaign. Direct democracy was so important to Arizona’s founders that they placed it in our state constitution; we should not be making it harder to exercise that right. There is also some hypocrisy in the fact that lawmakers have not imposed strict compliance on their own nominating petitions. On the governor’s desk 4/29.
HB2575 – OPPOSE Bans hospitals from denying clergy visitation rights, including during a pandemic. The bill is breathtakingly broad, making no provision for infection control training, fit-tested personal protective equipment, self-quarantine after exposure, or an acknowledgement of risks. The Arizona Department of Health Services already has rules which cover this, so why is the bill necessary? Disturbingly, it echoes language in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a 27-year-old federal law which has been copied by state legislatures and introduced nationwide to justify discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, women and other protected groups under the guise of religious liberty. On the governor’s desk 4/29.
Invitation to Assist with Redistricting Communication
To assist in a statewide effort, contact a Prescott Indivisible Redistricting Liaison Maria Lynam (email@example.com) or Maria 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. Written comment can also be made prior to the meeting, using “Contact Us” on the irc.az.org website.
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. PLEASE STEP UP! This opportunity comes once every ten years!
Monday, May 3 at 5 pm
Join Civic Engagement Beyond Voting
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: Why letters to the editor are important; Potential topics; Structure and templates; Tips for getting published; Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s Letters to the Editor Hub
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.
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Please View and Keep Up the Pressure on Sinema
For the People Act 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, feminine necessities (pads); 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.
NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
SENATOR KYRSTEN SINEMA
825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GOSAR
2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 202-225-2315
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 480-882-2697
220 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ (by appt. only)
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301 928-445-1683
GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 602.542.4331
MAYOR GREG MENGARELLI
201 S. Cortez St. Prescott 928.777.1248
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