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WATCHING ARIZONA GOVT

We initiate, support (or oppose), and report on state legislation.

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Location: ARIZONA statewide
Members: 98
Latest Activity: Nov 3

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**Learn how to track bills and watch proceedings and Request to Speak in real time:  http://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/group/azlegislation/page/how-to-use-alis

Any approved member who has documented information about Arizona government such as legislation, the Governor, the Attorney General, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other such governmental offices may add posts on this page.  All posts must be specific to an Arizona government activity - or lack thereof - and must stay on topic.  Site Administrators have the right to remove any post that is deemed inappropriate at their sole discretion.

 

To email your Arizona lawmakers, either all of them or just some of the ones you select, Arizona Legislature is a list of all lawmakers with emails and phone numbers. If you know who you want to email, the formula is always the first initiallastname@azleg.gov. Example: For Joe Blow it would be jblow@azleg.gov.

 

WORKING WITH THE STATE LEGISLATURE

Phoenix Legislative Action Plan (P.L.A.N.) phoenix.gov/plan has good info to know to work with the legislature.

 

How to find your Legislator: azleg.gov and then click on House or Senate tab and then Members. Rule of thumb: every legislator with a couple of exceptions uses their first initial and last name @ azleg.gov Example: Michelle Ugenti is mugenti@azleg.gov The exception to this rule is anyone with the last name of Smith. Look them up.

 

Official State website: azleg.gov

What you can find there:

*the names and contact info for all elected House and Senate members

*Legislative Council also referred to as Leg Council, the group of 3 lawyers who review each bill for legal conformity

*The Arizona Constitute and Arizona Statues in the Legislative Council tab

*All Bills currently being considered

*Committees including the Chairs, co-chair and sitting members; good to know if you are interested in a particular Bill and want to speak to the right people

*ALIS This is a great way to track what is going on with different bills, tuning into live streaming of hearings on the bills, Request to speak in real time on the proceedings (more on this later)

*And more. Just go to the site and click on tabs and links to learn how much you can find out about our working government at any given time. This is a must for anyone truly interested in what is happening in AZ.

 

State Legislature begins the second Monday of January. They try to finish in 100 days. Sometimes, that actually happens!

 

Makeup of the Legislature:

*The Senate has 30 members, 1 per each Legislative District in Arizona. A simple majority vote is needed to pass most Bills and that is 16 votes. Some votes require 2/3 vote which is 20 votes to pass. These are issues of great import such as changing the State Constitution, calling a Special Session if the Governor doesn't, etc., and is not done lightly.

*The House has 60 members, 2 per Legislative District. A simple majority vote is 31 votes and the same rules apply to the House as to the Senate.

*Terms are 2 years with a 4 term limit.

*Annual salaries are $24,000. They cannot vote themselves a raise. That comes from a vote of the people and most of these initiatives fail at the ballot box. We get the government we deserve.

*Leadership:

Senate President, Senate Majority Leader, Majority Whip

Secondary Leadership: Minority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader, Minority Whip1

Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Majority Whip

Secondary Leadership: Minority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader, Minority Whip1

1These people are responsible for gathering votes to support or oppose a given Bill. The hardest and

highly important job in the Legislature

 

How a Bill becomes Law:

*Each session, the Legislature considers from 1000-1500 new Bills. Only 300-450 make it through the process and are voted on, up or down (something to be thankful for).

 

*The process: How a Bill becomes a law

In the House: 1. A member introduces a Bill, often called "drops a Bill." Most of these Bills are crafted between Sessions, in the summer and fall before the new session starts in January. 2. The Speaker refers the Bill to the appropriate Standing Committee(s) for vetting and consideration. The Speaker can refuse to refer a Bill at his discretion. 3. If the Bill makes it through Committee, it goes to the rules Committee/Legislative Council to check for appropriate legal language, Constitutionality, etc. Rules makes a recommendation to the Sponsor whether to push it forward, re-write it or stop it. 4. The Bill goes to the Committee of the Whole, called COW. The COW is made up of the entire body of the House. This is where good Bills go to get amended or live or die and bad Bills seem to live on! This is the time in the process when the public can attend and request to speak. If the Bill survives this process of consideration, it goes to a Roll Call Vote where it is passed or failed. Bills that pass go to the Senate.

 

In the Senate: 1. Actions 1-4 above hold true for the Senate as well except it is the Senate President how controls the Bill at the outset. 2. After the Roll Call, an amended Bill goes back in its amended form to the House for another vote.2 If the amended version of the Bill passes the House, it goes to the Governor for action (see below). If the Bill passes the Senate without amendments, it goes to the Governor who has 5 days to (a) sign it into law; (b) refuse to sign it into law; or (c) ignore it and let it become law without a signature.

 

2If the amended Bill is rejected by the House, the Bill goes to Conference Committee made up of 3 members of each the House and Senate with the majority party having a 2-1 margin from each body. This is where the Bill is hashed out and a resolution is reached or if not, it dies. The new amended bill passes out of Conference and then goes back to both House and Senate for final vote. If it passes both bodies, it goes to the Governor for signature and the method above described is in effect. Any reasonable person can assume that a degree of maneuvering and posturing takes place behind the scenes where deals are struck to get passage.

 

Bills can be introduced in the House as early as November until Session begins. After that, seven additional Bills can be introduced for the current session. In the Senate, new Bills can be introduced until February. Senate Bills are numbers 1000+ and House Bills are numbered 2000+. Example: Senate Bill may get a number of 1004 or 1112; House Bills would get 2004 or 2112.

 

*Strike Everything, sometimes called a Striker Bill: When a Legislator has a Bill without a number, they can tag it on to another unrelated bill that has a number but is unlikely to pass or is dead. The Bill number becomes something different from what it started out to be and can go through procedure in its new intent.

 

Tracking a Bill on ALIS (Arizona Legislative Information System)

On the azleg.gov site, you can keep up with streaming Hearings, Meetings, Floor Actions and other activities. You need to be registered on ALIS. You do this ONLY at the Capitol in the House or Senate Buildings. Once you sign up, you can use your username and password to access these sections of the site and also participate from your own home in the action. You can do this by using the Request to Speak tab under the photo of the Capitol Dome on the azleg.gov Home page. If you plan to attend a Hearing or Meeting in person and want to speak, you can sign up the day before online using your ALIS account. This takes some learning curve but you can really be part of the process of our state government and we encourage you to take advantage of ALIS.

 

Being a citizen lobbyist:

This is an effective way to help your Legislators know how you feel on Bills and it is our civic duty to tell our lawmakers what we think. How else are they supposed to know. And they WANT to hear from you. But it's best if you can be effective. Some suggestions:

  • Contact other stakeholders for support at the Legislature, those who would have the same views as you do. This lets the Legislator know that there is a groundswell of support for your views

  • Speak with those who take the opposite view from yours, try to find common ground so that you can create a win-win situation with a bit of compromise

  • Speak to Legislative Staff at the Capitol. These are the people who are closest to the Bills and often know more about them than the Sponsors or other Legislators. Help them understand what you want and they will likely help you get it.

  • Contact the Governors office well in advance of the Bill making its way through the legislature. Once the Governor gets the Bill, there is only five days to take action so getting your message to the Governor as soon as you can reasonably expect the Bill to get through the process gives you a better chance of being heard.

  • If you are representing yourself at the Legislature, you do not have to register as a Lobbyist even if you have stakeholder support. If you are being paid or if you are formally representing someone else or a group, you might be considered a Lobbyist and may need to register as such.

  • To lobby, use email, faxes and phone calls to make your contacts. Actually write a personal letter in your own hand and mail it through snail mail. This is a surprise to the lawmakers and has impact. Send letters to the editors of Arizona papers (see Arizona Newspapers tab for contact info on every paper in AZ). And don't be shy about going to testify before the Committee to get your views on the record. When doing this, keep it brief: tell them what you are about to tell them, tell them, tell them what you just told them. Be polite but firm, be specific, stay on topic, keep it simple and thank them for the opportunity.

 

Now, you are ready to take on the Arizona Legislature or run for office. Good luck!

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Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on January 13, 2012 at 8:36pm

Former Cardinals football player to run for the legislature in what is now LD20:

Football fans in the Ahwatukee area may have a familiar name representing them in the Legislature next year.

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Michael Bankston is running for the House in District 20. Bankston, a Democrat, played for the Cardinals from 1992 to 1997, and retired in 2000 after three years with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I was always interested in the political aspect and making some changes and making a difference for my community,” Bankston said. “I just thought this would be an opportunity to really make a difference, make it known that there are definitely some changes and things that need to be done.”

LD20 already has two Republican incumbents, Reps. Jeff Dial and Bob Robson. But the district is one of the most competitive in the legislative map and may represent one of the Democrats’ best pickup opportunities in the Legislature. -AZ Capitol Times

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on January 11, 2012 at 2:30pm

Oh, and I forgot to say that there were three candidates on the Agenda to be considered by the BoS to fill Kristen Sinema's Senate seat.  The one Mary Rose Wilcox moved to accept is a member of LaRaza just like her!  So now in the Senate sits a member of a terrorist organization that spews hate speech about Arizona and America!  Raul Grihalva must be so proud!

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on January 11, 2012 at 2:27pm

Randy Parraz and company showed up today at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting.  He and Chad Snow had apparently called a press conference as they went through their usual routine before a slobbering media.  He had his bussed in group sit on either side of the center aisle in the meeting room and several of them got up and charged Sheriff Joe with beating to death his prisoner Tarentino as though this guy was Mary Poppins' best friend instead of a criminal in jail.  Of course, no one wants anyone beaten to death anywhere, but this case has never been adjudicated so the full account has not yet been put out... these people were not "letting a good crisis go to waste."  When Parraz got up to speak, all his bussed in paid agitators stood up.  Members of the Gallery took rightful offense at the trickery and immediately started calling for a point of order and telling the Board of Supervisors to insist they sit down.  Eventually, these people were escorted out by Security to the waiting banks of cameras and proceeded to act the victim.  It was pure theater of the absurd political ploy played out at taxpayer expense.  There were as many people speaking in defense of the Sheriff as there were speaking against him and most of those speaking for him were tea party members and AFA members from several groups.

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on December 22, 2011 at 10:15am

An idea with merit, courtesy from one of our faithful members:

Our state budget is balanced because of Senator Pearce which means out state taxes will not have to be increased. The crime rate is down so our families are more safe due to Sheriff Arpaio. As you see the  Arizona Republic is trying to remove Sheriff Arpaio from office as they did Senator Pearce. I think we need to show Sheriff Arpaio that we appreciate what he is doing. It would be more impressive if we all sent him a letter of support by regular mail. If you send it by e-mail he would probably never see it.
 
His address is: 100 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on December 6, 2011 at 12:06pm

Attorney General ALERT:

PHOENIX (Monday, December 5, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom
Horne will argue Tucson v. Arizona before the Arizona Supreme Court at
2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Thunderbird School of Global
Management in Glendale. You can watch live at
http://azcourts.gov/AZSupremeCourt/LiveArchivedVideo.aspx
 (see instructions below)

The case centers on a 2009 state law, A.R.S. 9-821.01, a law
requiring cities to have non-partisan elections and prohibit some
at-large elections.

The prohibited system, now used in Tucson (but this statute would
also prevent other cities from adopting that system) tends to
disenfranchise voters in districts where the majority is different
than the overall majority in that city. In a number of districts, the
voters have been represented by someone who lost in their district.

Earlier, the state Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Tucson’s
argument that this was purely a local matter and the Legislature had
no right to pass laws on the subject. The Arizona Supreme Court
granted review, and Horne will argue that the State does have a
legitimate interest and that the statute is valid.

Note: When you access the page, scroll down and you will see under
“Upcoming Events” the Tucson v. Arizonacase. Next to the case you
will see “case summary.” Once the argument goes live at 2:00p.m.
“oral argument” will appear next to “case summary.” Select the
“oral argument” text and the feed will appear.

WHO: AG TOM HORNE TO ARGUE TUCSON V. ARIZONA CASE

WHERE: THUNDERBIRD SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

1 GLOBAL PLACE

GLENDALE, AZ 85306

DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011

TIME: 2:00 P.M.

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on November 15, 2011 at 4:53pm

At this writing, Sen. Reagan and Antenori are firmly on board with doing something about Prop 106.  It must go back on the ballot to repeal or amend.  Speaker Tobin has been engages with AFA on ways to deal with it.  A few nudges will put him firmly on the right side!!

Comment by Terry Hill on September 20, 2011 at 10:32am

Just called Franks and Quayles offices in D.C.   Talked with Frank's office first, talked with the aide, who indicated that they were getting many calls for Trent to withdraw his support for HR2885, and that he was reconcidering.  Quayles office was receiving same calls, but the aide sounded proud that Quayle was a sponsor of the bill. It would appear that more pressure needs to be made on Quayle and continued calls need to be made to Franks office

 

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on August 9, 2011 at 6:37am

MORE POWER TO JAN THE GOVERNOR !
Arizona Governor VS: Phoenix Suns Owner
Way to go Jan!!
Maybe this is a language he can understand.
 
The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes AZ's
new immigration laws. Arizona 's Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following
statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:
"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were
sneaking into games without paying? What if they had a good idea who the
gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to
ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees
couldn't be ejected. Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to
provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if,
on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to
provide free medical care and shelter?"
 
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
 

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on July 12, 2011 at 9:41pm

From Jeanne:

This has not been verified. Please do your own research on this!!!

This is just an FYI!

"The Corporation Commisson is considering a utilities and gas companies "decoupling" system.  For instance, "APS would collect a certain amount of revenue PER CUSTOMER regardless of how much energy was sold.  Decoupling would allow the utility to raise its rates to cover fixed costs regardless of energy demand."  (Az. Republic 6-1-11)  Our utility money is beng used to subsidize other peoples solar projects now.  Call the Corporation Commissioners and tell them:NO DECOUPLING SCHEME.  NO MORE RATE HIKES.  NO MORE SUBSIDIZING SOLAR PROJECTS.  AND NO MORE FOREIGN COMPANIES SETTING UP SHOP IN AZ. AS CHINESE AND SPANISH SOLARS ARE ALREADY.  Gary Pierce, chairman, 602-542-3933.  Paul Newman  602-542-3682.  Brenda Burns   602-542 0745.  Bob Stump  602-542-3935.  Sandra D. Kennedy 602-542-3625.  (azcc.gov)        LET'S ROLL."

Comment by Arizona Freedom Alliance on July 11, 2011 at 11:05am

Boehner's response to Obama's Press Confrerence, July 11 (it was not entirely broadcast so this is not the full response)

1. Boehner and Obama agree on reducing sustainable spending

2. They disagree on entitlement reform

3. They disagree on the need for more tax revenue

4. Boehner will not enact tax hikes or other regulation that destroys job creation

5. Boehner believes there is out of control entitlements

6. He agrees that it will probably be necessary to raise the debt ceiling but will not agree to that without taking tax increases off the table for good and unless substantial spending cuts are included in the package.

7. Boehner will not agree to more spending

8. Boehner said it's irresponsible to allow default and is not necessary because the bill must pass but the bill as proposed by Obama will not pass the House,

9.Boehner said bi-partisan support is necessary.

10. Boehner and Obama have been engaged sincere and honest discussion but it boils down to not tax hikes and must include entitlement reform.

11. Boehner said the Republicans will never agree to a tax rate increase which means the "Bush tax rates" must stay in place.

12. Boehner knows both parties must give up some "capital" to get the issue resolved.

 

 
 
 

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