By Ruth Lambert, LD1 Democrats Legislative Liaison
LD1 Update newsletters are sent each Sunday when the Legislature is in Session. Focus is on actions by LD1 Legislators.
LEGISLATIVE NERD ALERT
The Arizona 55th Legislature - first Regular Session hit it's 100th day last week. The clock always seems to start ticking more loudly at this point for two reasons. A Budget must be set before the Fiscal year begins in July. And then there is the per diem thing. If the Legislature is still in Session at the 120 day mark the per diem compensation rate for each Legislator plunges. A striker amendment is working it's way through the process to both increase the per diem rate and to eliminate the 120 day plunge. An emergency clause is attached to this Bill which allows it to go into effect immediately after the Governor would sign it. Usually an effective date is 90 days after the Session ends.
What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?
Contact Info and Committee Assignments
Senator Karen Fann email@example.com 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety
House Representative Quang Nguyen
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety
Remember, when you phone in a concern, comment or request you will speak to an Assistant who relays your message. You may request a call back if you wish. Emails are read by both an Assistant and the Legislator.
Senator Fann in the news this past week
The petition to invalidate Prop 208 funding public education finally made it to the Az Supreme Court. Senator Fann is one of the Chief petitioners trying to have the Invest In Ed Initiative declared unconstitutional. The Court heard arguments, is taking the case under advisement. and will give a decision soon.
Senator Fann's audit of the 2020 election, aided by the Cyber Ninjas and a host of conspiracy theorists continued to make news this week. The Maricopa Sheriff's Dept. received a request from our Senator, with one day notice, to provide security at the audit venue until May 14 at an estimated cost of $175,000. (on April 24, private citizen #45 sent a letter to Governor Ducey instructing him to send the National Guard to the Madness on McDowell audit to protect the good patriots conducting the audit.
Wednesday was field trip day for Senator Fann. All business in the Senate came to a halt as Senator Fann and a few other Senators joined the Governor at the Arizona/Mexico Border for a photo op. Not invited was Senator Lisa Otondo-D, LD4, whose district occupies the largest stretch of border land.
On Thursday The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court saying that the audit is unlawful and asking a judge to stop it from proceeding. The Democratic Party will not pay the requested Million dollar bond which allows the audit to proceed. However, there is still a Hearing set for Monday where the Audit people must present their operating procedures and agree to follow state law.
Votes last Week