LD1 Legislative Action Update 06/27/21

Updated: Aug 10

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.


The Nerd Alert section of this email was started with the intent to impart a few "nerdy" legislative rules or procedures so we can all better understand what and why things happen at the legislature.

  • The state budget is actually a number of separate bills. Some are targeted to specific areas, for example, K-12 education.

  • The senate and house usually run the same budget bills concurrently. Before the final vote the second chamber passing the bill will substitute the other bill and vote on it.

  • The senate debated and passed bill enumerated SBXXXX. The House debated budget bills enumerated HBXXXX, amendments were added that had been added in the senate two days prior to make all the bills being reviewed, in both chambers, exactly the same. Once they were the same, before the final vote was taken, they substituted the senate bill for the house bill so both chambers could pass a bill with the same bill number.

  • Amendments can be offered on the floor during the Committee Of the Whole (COW) in both chambers to alter the content of a bill that has already gone through and passed committee hearings. These amendments are voted with a sham voice vote. The chair deciding the vote often has selective hearing on the number of yeas and nays. A roll call vote can be called after the voice vote necessitating the amendment be put up on the jumbotron board and legislators must vote for or against the amendment and their vote is recorded. For an amendment to pass in the House of Representatives during COW a majority of those present must vote affirmative. With the make up of the AZ House of Reps it was a foregone conclusion all, except one, Republican amendment would pass and all Dem amendments would fail.

What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?

Contact Info and Committee Assignments

Senator Karen Fann kfann@azleg.gov 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee

House Representative Judy Burges jburges@azleg.gov 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety

House Representative Quang Nguyen

qnguyen@azleg.gov 602-926-3258

Committee Assignments

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.

Howard Fischer published an article in the AZ Capitol Times on Saturday mentioning our two LD1 Reps. The Capitol Times has been a source of all things happening at the Capitol for years. The article is behind a paywall. Summary and quotes from the article given below.

Judy Burges LD1 inserted additional language into the