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: BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH
March 15th starts the 10th week of the 55th State Legislature-First Regular Session. Bills now have only two more weeks to make it out of Committees in their cross over Chamber. Stragglers could be heard in Rules and Appropriations during the last week of the month then there will only be Floor Sessions to vote on Bills surviving Committee Hearings. IF the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House knows there are not enough votes to pass a Bill they deem vital, they will not put it on a Floor Calendar.
The one task a state legislature must accomplish each year is to pass a budget. Unfortunately budget negotiations happen behind closed doors. Often good, bad and ugly appropriations can be included in the budget that would not have made it as a stand alone Bill.
This year's budget is expected to contain some major tax cuts while lawmakers are claiming there is not enough money for other needed expenditures.
DID YOU HEAR? Many of us have been watching the two Bills, SB1175 and HB2248, taking policy decisions away from the AZ Corporation Commission and giving energy policy power to the State Legislature. Senator Paul Boyer spoke out on March 11th saying he would not support SB1175. Although the the mirror House Bill HB2248 passed out of the House along party lines, 31/29, Boyer's stance halts it's progress in the Senate Unless something strange happens it appears both Bills are dead.
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.
How did LD1 Legislators vote this past week?
Karen Fann: a sample of Floor Votes
Voting/elections SCR1034 Voted YES on 3/10 Allows the Legislature to amend or divert funds from a Citizen Initiative if the Court subsequently finds fault with the language of the Initiative. Would allow the Legislature to adopt a measure which supersedes the Initiative without furthering the intent of the Initiative. Unemployment SB1411 Senator Fann is Bill sponsor. Voted YES