LD1 Legislative Action Update 03/28/21
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
Well, we were warned there would be "strikers" coming this past week, but the number of last minute strikers trying to resurrect Bills that had previously died was ridiculous!
The Request To Speak system is winding down until the Budget comes up for discussion. There are a huge number of Bills in the Rules Committees this week. You may RTS to show numbers of support or objection to a Bill but comments generally do not hold much sway. See below for another suggestion for Bills in Rules.
Senate Rules has 65 Bills on the agenda 61 are sponsored by Republicans, 4 from Democrats.
House Rules has 50 Bills scheduled. 49 sponsored by Republicans 1 from a Democrat.
If you ask why so lopsided?
Remember, it is up to the President of the Senate or the House Speaker to assign a Bill to a Committee so it can make its way through the various steps toward passage. IF a Bill is assigned to a Committee it is up to the Chair's discretion whether it will be heard in Committee. There is a large graveyard of Bills never assigned or heard in Committee. Some of these are the Zombies we see get resurrected as "strikers".
What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?
Contact Info and Committee Assignments
Senator Karen Fann firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges email@example.com 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?
Quang Nguyen was consistent in his voting against students wanting to learn English with proven methods. SCR1020 would allow a question to be put to voters which would change how English Language Learning happens in our public schools. The English-only learning model now being used does not produce the good results other models produce when dual languages are spoken. Senate Bill SCR1020 having passed the Senate was voted in House Ed on Tuesday March 23. Nguyen was a NO. Early in the Session HCR2005 (the House version using the same words) passed the House and crossed to the Senate but was held up in Committee. Rep Nguyen voted against the House version also, and was the only NO vote on the Floor. His reasoning? He learned English by total language immersion so today's kids "can sink or swim" like he did.
This coming week - March 29 thru April 1 ONLY RULES and APPROPRIATIONS Committees will meet this week. Committee of the Whole (COW) and Third Read Floor votes are scheduled. Karen Fann is on Senate Rules / Quang Nguyen is on House Appropriations Monday Senate Rules Committee Karen Fann has a vote The sole task of the Rules Committee is to determine constitutionality and proper form. See suggestion for action below.
In the House
RTS for Wednesday House Appropriations Quang Nguyen has a vote
SB1529 Requires each county that operates a county jail to offer an education program to serve: Prisoners who are 21 years old or younger and who do not have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma; and prisoners with disabilities who are 21 years old or younger. SUPPORT
suggestion Anticipate passage and email or call.
On Monday March 29 both the House and Senate Rules Committees have looong agendas of Bills. Since the sole task of the Rules Committee is to determine if the Bill is constitutional and in proper form, these bills will most likely all make it to a Floor vote.
If you feel strongly about any one of them you can RTS but It would be more effective to send a proactive email to or call your House Rep or Senator. They will most likely be voting on them later this week or next week during COW and Third Read Floor Sessions.
The WEEKLY Report foundHERE has a combined section on Senate and House Rules Bills. Since Bills have crossed over if a Bill begins with an SB you need to contact your Rep. If Bills start with an HB you need to contact your Senator. As always contact info can be found for LD1 Legislators in the second section of this email.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS A CONTACT SPORT
Legislative Weekly Bill Information The Legislative Weekly report gives you up to the minute info on a variety of Bills at the State Legislature.
Looking for other Proposed Legislation information sources?
The Sierra Club website has a Legislative tab for environmental issues. https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/2021-legislative-updates Save Our Schools has an Update on Legislative Education Issues on their website. https://sosarizona.org/2021-leg-updates/ Not signed up yet for Request To Speak (RTS)? Go to Civic Engagement Beyond Voting (CEBV) https://www.cebv.us/ After you complete and submit the form someone will go to the Capitol for you to create your account (required) and send you a confirming email with instructions and a temporary password. When you create your account with them you will automatically receive the Legislative Weekly directly from CEBV. It is the same document accessed through the link that is provided in this newsletter each Sunday.
You need sign up for Request To Speak only one time, your account does not expire. The system recognizes your email address, and allows one account per email address. Need help understanding RTS? Register here for Sunday Open House to learn about upcoming Bills and have RTS questions answered. State Senators and Reps often drop by to add comments and updates. Sundays 4:00 - 6:00 4:00 RTS info 5:00 Redistricting info when available Attend one or many Open Houses. Drop in for a quick question or stay as long as you like.
Arizona State Legislature website.
You can access most of the Legislature's website without an RTS account. Find the State Constitution, members info, current or past Bills' information plus the calendar of upcoming events.
Account creation is needed only for the Request To Speak portion of website https://www.azleg.gov/
LD1 Legislative Action has a Facebook page. Just like this Update newsletter the focus of the Facebook page tries to center on our State Legislature. It is a closed group, meaning anyone can see it exists but you must ask to be admitted. Only members see posts, click here. LD1 Legislative Action gmail address. Let us know how we're doing! Comments and suggestions always welcome. If you received this email forwarded from a friend, you may request to be added to the distribution list with the email below. Just send your name and email address.