LINDA BRICKMAN: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE #3

Linda Brickman’s Legislative Updates 01/28/24

What a week, and not just at the Legislature!  With so much noise hitting the press, it is difficult to keep our eyes focused ONLY on what is important.  Oh yes…the truth.  Don’t worry, I was not bribed or blackmailed into doing these Updates.  It is only the truth.  Believe me!  You can’t make up some of this stuff.

So far this session, there are 1212 Bills introduced to the Legislature.  Election Bills, Abortion Bills, Illegal Immigration and Education Bills are at the top of the list.

Included in this Update, is a document listing ALL of the Bills I am following.  I have also added 2 additional documents: one covering all the Election Bills, and one covering all the Education Bills, so you can review those without too much time searching for a specific Bill.

Below is a quick overview on a few other topics and their Bills.

ABORTION BILLS

I will do a complete listing on a separate document for next week, but these three Bills are getting a lot of attention right, now!

These DEMOCRATIC Bills introduced this past Wednesday cover the abortion issue.  They are:

  • House Bill 2678, the Arizona Right to Contraception Act, which would create a new law that prevents any limitations being placed on a patient or doctor providing or obtaining contraceptives
  • House Bill 2676, which would end the current practice requiring doctors to report information about abortions to the state, and stop the state from releasing an aggregate statistical report each year
  • House Bill 2677, which would repeal a pre-statehood ban on abortion that subjects doctors to criminal penalties

The top court is now weighing in on a case to decide whether to ban or have a prohibition on abortions after 15 weeks, that was enacted in 2022,  which is the prevailing law.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Bills covering the illegal alien issue is covered in my CITIZEN LEGISLATOR article called, “To invade or not invade…?”  This will be a separate attachment coming within a couple of days.

Numerous Bills have been introduced on Immigration, giving special attention to one particular Bill introduced by Senator Shamp, SB1231

The media has compared this Bill to a well-known Bill from the past…SB1070 introduced by the late Senator Russell Pearce.  In fact, there are many likenesses to Pearce’s law.  Let’s hope that this new version does not end up in court as well.  Read the Citizen Legislator’s article for more information on this huge issue.

The Election Bills will be on my radar, as I will follow ALL the Republican Bills and only the Democrat Bills that refer to Elections, ESA’s, Education and Abortion.

Another Right Being TRASHED by a RINO – Please read Bill # HB2038

 

This Bill refers to recording and disclosure on phone calls.  Basically, if this Bill passes, hopefully NOT, then any phones calls within the State will require BOTH parties on the phone call to consent to a recording of their call.  Presently, there is only a single or one party consent required, which is how it should be.  Please contact your legislator and tell them to VOTE NO on this Bill.

THE VETO QUEEN (GOVERNOR HOBBS)

The Veto Queen, as the Governor has been lovingly called, has her pen ready for Election Bills, Abortion Bills, and Anti-Immigration Bills that reach her desk.  Hobbs has already made it perfectly clear, check out last year (remember?), that she will not pass any Bill unless it is voted on with bipartisan support in the Chambers (so why did she veto the Tamale Bill?).

Don’t forget to monitor the TAMALE BILL.  It is back; let’s see if the Veto Queen vetoes this again!

As more Bills start hitting the headlines, I will keep you posted…

If there are any specific Bills that need to be followed, please let me know, and I will keep a watchful eye on them.

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR

The RTS (Request to Speak) system is a necessary component to our legislative process.  This is an excellent way to share your positions on a particular Bill and let your legislator know that you support his/her legislation.  Please review this site and make sure you know how to use it properly.  The legislators depend a lot on your opinions, and this is where you share them.

The link to sign up for the RTS system can be found here:  https://www.azleg.gov/alispdfs/Using_the_Request_to_Speak_Program.pdf

CITIZEN LEGISLATOR

“To Invade…or not…?  That is the question.  With many facts to read, I will be sending this article out separately in a couple of days.  You may just pick up some interesting facts by reading this immigration article.  Be sure to let me know what you think.  It may serve to benefit AZ if the Veto Queen picked up some pointers from the Texas Governor…

GENERAL INFORMATION

Once again, as a gentle reminder to ALL of the people who just joined these updates, this is how to read the attachments.

  • All the Bills listed on the attachments are mostly ALL the Republican Introduced Bills.
  • Most all of the Bills, are the GOP Bills I monitor on a daily basis.  The Bills highlighted in Blue are Democratic Bills that I thought were necessary to follow.
  • And, the Bills highlighted with yellow in the status and date columns, are noted for your review to see their progression in the legislative process.  All Bills are up to date through 1/28/24.
  • Remember, each Bill Number listed is a link to the Bill itself and you can access the status, documents, and Agenda’s by clicking onto the link.  Even though I monitor and keep track of the Bills daily, I only send out Updates on the weekends.  So, if you want daily updates on any Bill, just click onto the Bill Number, and go to Overview or Status, for real-time information.

Besides this Cover letter you receive, I will send documents to validate the points I make in the Cover letter and other attachments.

This week there are about 7 attachments: the Updated Legislative Bills for the week, a sheet listing all the Abbreviations used by the legislators, and periodically, I will send out the Citizen Legislator, commentary, along with documentation to validate the facts I have written.

Thank you all for asking to be a part of this mailing list.  If for some reason you wish to be removed from getting Updates, OR you know of someone that wants to be added to the mailing list, please contact me at my email address, Luvbug1611@cox.net

Respectfully,

Linda Brickman,

Director of Legislative Affairs for MCRC and LD2

EMAIL:  luvbug1611@cox.net

CELL:  602-330-9422

 

SESSION STATISTICS

Day 19, 1/28/24

 

 

            `                                                                                  House      Senate           Total

Bills Introduced:                                                                699            434             1133

 

Bills Posted:  1133

Bills Transmitted to the Governor:

Bills Vetoed:

Bills Signed:

 

Memorials and Resolutions Posted:                    51              28                  79

TOTALS:                                                                        750            462                 1212

 

Resolutions Sent to the SOS:                                  2              2                   4

Non-Bill Miscellaneous Motions:

 

*Bills, memorials and resolutions are measures enacted or under consideration by the Legislature.

 

Attachments

2024 GENERAL ABBREVIATIONS 011224

2024 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ALL 012624

HOUSE AND SENATE EDUCATION BILLS AS OF 012824

2024 ELECTION BILLS ONLY 012824 FINAL

 

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