LD1 Legislative Action Update 06/13/21
Contributed 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.
Monday June 14 will be the 154th day of the 54th State Legislature- first regular session. A session usually aims to convene for 100 days.
LEGISLATIVE NERD ALERT
Both Chambers reconvened on Thursday June 10 after a short recess.
Take a peek at how things roll at the Legislature.
In the Senate
On Thursday June 10th the senate came to order (???) for a floor session with 26 of 30 members in attendance. The agenda included a prayer and introduction of guests in the gallery. The senate recessed after 13 minutes so the Rules Committee could convene. The Rules Committee met for a total of 2 minutes to allow for the late introduction of bills. These were the 22 bills the governor had vetoed on May 28. The whole senate then came back to the floor from their short recess to meet for 3 more minutes to have the 22 bills "First Read" . Remember First Read is the beginning step in the multi step procedure to pass a bill. Bills are "read" three times on different days. The "Third Read" is where a vote happens. Committee meetings and Committee of the Whole floor sessions generally take place between Second and Third Read. The "do-over" on these bills could be somewhat abbreviated bypassing traditional committee hearings. You can still weigh in using a slightly different system, RTS 2.0, explained in the Legislative Weekly.
All 22 bills found here.
In the House
The House managed to clock in a 26 minute session comprised of a prayer, introduction of guests in the gallery and proclamations. 52 of the 60 House members were in attendance.
Both chambers now allow attendance either in person or remotely from anywhere.
The House has allowed remote attendance to include Zooming-in from a Reps office or from another off site location. The Senate just changed their rules to include the off site Zooming option as some republican senators have left for vacation.
Both chambers reconvene on Monday June 14th. Live procedings can be watched here.
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.
Not much to report on our three LD1 legislators. Sen Fann and Rep. Nguyen have returned from vacation. Rep. Nguyen posted he was anxious to get back as he will never miss an opportunity to cut taxes.
On Friday June 11 Senator Fann fired a warning shot at the House Republicans who want to kill her unemployment statute change. She has warned them that such a move would not be good for their political future. Sen. Fann's unemployment compensation change would raise the weekly payment from $240 to $320/week. The stand alone bill passed the senate with only 4 senators from her own party voting against it. It was halted in the House. The Compensation change is now inserted into the proposed budget. Senator Fann expressed anger at the freshman republican lawmaker who tried to strip it from the budget bill reminding him she will still be senate president next session and all bills go through her.
There is still time to email or call all three LD1 legislators to leave a message with your thoughts on the flat tax, the major budget focus. To refresh yourself on the flat-tax info, use this link to access an article from late May.
It appears nothing is happening at the Legislature because of the stalemate on the budget. The governor will not sign bills unless a budget is passed and they cannot agree on a budget. One House republican member and one Senate republican member have been voicing reservations on the budget as presented. Because the entire Dem caucus is against the flat tax proposal, both republican hold outs must be persuaded to vote yes. The negotiation to persuade them is happening behind closed doors which gives the appearance of inaction.
The governor is now taking focus off his imploding budget negotiations by calling for a special session to begin this coming week.
A special session can run at anytime. It is a narrowly focused session dealing with one topic. This special session will focus on wildfires, prompted in part by the recent wildfires near Globe, AZ.
With little action to report from the Legislature, check out the link to an article from Brahm Resnik with the latest from the senate republican audit.
Legislative Weekly Bill and Budget Information
The Legislative Weekly report gives you up to the minute info on a variety of Bills and actions 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/
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/
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