160105-1450 AZRRT PRE-SEASON UPDATE
By Jose Borrajero
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There are three items we would like to call your attention to as we get ready for the legislative session that will begin January 11.
- Bills Submitted: Even though the session has not officially started, quite a few bills have already been submitted. We suggest that you go to the AZLEG website and look under Bills – Bill Info. Then you should choose the ones that interest you, and if possible read the text of those bills. We at the AZRRT would appreciate feedback regarding your position and/or opinion regarding these bills, and many others that will be submitted as the session gets underway. The link to that bills list is as follows: http://www.azleg.gov/Bills.asp
- Legislature Roster: You can see both the general roster and the committee assignments by going to the AZLEG website, but the information is difficult to access and not in a very useful format. We have created an Excel file containing the updated roster for both chambers, and the committee assignments for the House and the Senate. We have included the members’ individual email addresses. We know that the legislature is moving toward a constituent communication system similar to that of the federal elected officials, so we do not know how long these emails will be useful, but so far they appear to be viable. You can download this file by going to https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ymrgc8338dncjs/AZLEG-ROSTER-2016.xls?dl=0
- Irresponsible Behavior: If you want to know why some AZ legislature members are fed up with unrestricted emails and are taking steps to restrict them, you need to look no further than organizations like Expect More Arizona. They are clearly encouraging their subscribers to flood the in-boxes of legislators with boiler plate emails that they wrote. Most legislators are smart enough to disregard such irresponsible behavior, but they have no way of avoiding the cluttering that this causes, except by restricting incoming emails. Those of us who contact our legislators responsibly by expressing our own non-robotic opinion, end up paying the price. The following material was copied verbatim from a recent communication from Expect More Arizona. The only editing we did was the underlining/bolding.
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