LEGISLATIVE UPDATES ON ELECTION INTEGRITY BILLS
Where is one’s Binoculars, when they are needed…
No relief in sight for Sine Die or Days End at the legislature. History tells us that the longest running legislature to date, was in the 1960’s. The Senate toots the longest running days was in 1988 with 173 days in session. AS OF TODAY, June 30, 2023, we are tied with the longest session ever.
Continue reading the reasons for past legislative extensions and this one in the attached article on “LEGISLATURE ON TRACK FOR LONGEST SESSION EVER.”
With the Legislature still on break returning July 31st, you would think there is not much action, but WAIT…
Before the news is shared with you all, let’s give a brief update on all the Election Integrity (E.I.) Bills that were introduced into the Legislature.
A sum total of 153 Bills were introduced into the House and Senate. Pretty remarkable surpassing last years total of 125 Bills into both Chambers. Attached is the breakdown of each Bill and the final results from the legislative body.
The Veto Queen did not take any time at all to attempt to stop any “integrity” from the legislature. Seems like a lack of integrity has spread to her office as well with over 89% of the E. I. Bills being vetoed that were sent to her!
The lack of Integrity did indeed raid the Governor’s office.
Governor Hobbs through one of her most recent Executive Orders (E.O.), Executive Order 2023-11 ( https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/executive_order_2023_11.pdf ) is actually aborting the law. She has decided to remove the 15 County attorneys from a position of authority by telling the Attorney General Kris Mayes, that Mayes has the authority over any abortion prosecutions in Arizona. Hobbs does not want anyone prosecuted over abortions.
The E.O. does the following:
- The state’s Attorney General will, to the extent permissible under Arizona law, assume all duties “with regard to any criminal prosecution of a medical provider or other entity or individual that is pending or brought in the future by the county attorney of any county in this State for violation of any State law restricting or prohibiting abortion care including, without limitation, ARS 13-3603 and provisions in Title 36, Chapter 23.”
- Bans state agencies from providing “information, data, or investigative assistance or otherwise use any State resources” to further an investigation or proceeding initiated in or by another state that “seeks to impose criminal or civil liability or professional sanction” on a person or entity for providing, assisting, seeking or obtaining reproductive healthcare that would otherwise not be punishable under Arizona law.
- Requiring the state to decline “any requests from the executive authority of another state for the arrest, surrender, or extradition of any person charged with a criminal violation of a law where the alleged violation relates to the provision of, assistance with, securing of, or receipt of reproductive healthcare,” to the extent permissible under Arizona and Federal law, unless the acts are also punishable under Arizona law.
- Establishes a Governor’s Advisory Council on Protecting Reproductive freedom to “make recommendations that expand access to sexual and reproductive healthcare in Arizona,” with a consideration remit that includes, but not limited to, “expanding access to family planning and reproductive health resources, analyzing the existing regulatory and enforcement framework to suggest improvements, and addressing disparities to improve the health of Arizona’s communities.”
If not repealed, replaced or rescinded, the Order will be reviewed no later than June
Reproductive freedom has been a focus for Hobbs in recent days. On Thursday, she announced her support for State Legislation codifying access to contraception. A Democratic lawmaker will introduce it in January. But the Bill is a long shot in a Republican-controlled State Legislature.
Abortions are currently allowed in Arizona in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, under a 2022 law.
For additional information on this E.O. please refer to the attachment “EXECUTIVE ORDER, HOBBS, MAYES SEEK TO PREVENT ABORTION …”
Due to Governor Hobbs outrageous abortion E.O. 2023-11, the Senate will decline any further nominee hearings from the Governor.
The Veto Queens response was that Senator Hoffman has a disregard for small business, Veterans, and children…. This comment brought no response, as yet from Hoffman, even though he has called her a “racist” and “extremist”.
Until Hobbs is willing to meet with the Senate, no further nominations will be confirmed. The attachment “SENATE GOP HALTS NOMINEE HEARINGS IN RESPONSE TO ABORTION ORDER,” covers additional information.
Abortions are one of the most egregious acts of violence there is, as it affects children. BUT, LBGTQ activities comes pretty close.
When the “T” and “Q” find their way into family livelihoods indoctrinating the children especially when parents are not informed or a child is kidnapped for sex trafficking, this creates major issues. But even allowed to change genders…? WHERE IS GOD?
Governor Hobbs just passed these two E.O. assisting the LQBTQ community:
E.O. 2023-12 Ensuring Access to Medically Necessary Gender-Affirming Healthcare https://mcusercontent.com/44a5186aac69c13c570fca36a/files/2aa49dab-0e1f-d48b-5823-eaad9c5083d1/Executive_Order_2023_12.01.pdf and
E.O. 2023-13 Protecting Young People from Conversion Therapy https://mcusercontent.com/44a5186aac69c13c570fca36a/files/20cc2366-0b76-5d7a-1304-3041139fa5bb/Executive_Order_2023_13.01.pdf
What Are Parents Good For Any Longer? These two E.O.’s are basically giving confirmation to children for a Godless deed and giving these freaks and queers, HEALTHCARE to boot. DISGRACEFUL!
Look at the attachment entitled “HOBBS DOUBLES DOWN ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY.”
NEW LEGISLATORS AND LEGISLATIVE TEAMS
House Democrats picked Rep. Lupe Contreras as their new leader, and 3 additional leadership seats were chosen as well. Due to legislators moving on to other political positions, this new leadership taking 9 hours to decide will attempt to make the D’s a stronger team. Attachment called “HOUSE DEMS ELECT NEW LEADER AFTER…”
LD2 nominated 3 people to replace Senator Kaiser. The BOS has now completed interviews with Shawnna Bolick, Josh Barnet and Paul Carver, to see which one will replace Kaiser in the next coming days.
One, Bolick is a former lawmaker; another is a former Congressional candidate, Barnet; and Carver is presently the LD Chairman. One of the three will soon be representing the swing District and will confront Rep. Judy Schwiebert in the 2024 Senate race. Article “FORMER LAWMAKER, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, PARTY CHAIR VIE FOR LD2 SEAT.” is attached.
Instead of covering all the Bills history, which has not changed from last week, the numbers below and on the attached give reference to only the Election Integrity Bills. The following and attached document give the current status of each of the 153 introduced Election Integrity (E.I.) Bills. For further details, you can click onto the Bill numbers below, as they are links directly to the AZ State’s Legislative Website, and view each Bill. For all the Bill History’s, please refer to the attached document going through each Bill introduced into the Legislature.
E.I. Bills Signed by the Governor: 5
E.I. Bills Vetoed by the Governor: 39
Bills Sent To The SOS: 5
I pretty much covered this in the NEWS above.
OPINION OR EDITORIAL: I am attempting to keep The Updates informative, free from my own opinion. I have written this separate blog as a separate section to the info I normally give. PLEASE NOTE IF YOU READ THIS IT MAY OFFEND CERTAIN PEOPLE AND THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION. THIS IS MEANT ONLY AS AN APOLOGY AND REASON FOR MY NON-SPEECH THE EVENING OF LD2 SENATE NOMINATIONS. Yes, I was a nominee, but did not…
Back to Bills.
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
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.
The Bills highlighted in Green are the GOP Bills I monitor on a daily basis. The Bills highlighted in Gray, are ones introduced by LD2 legislators, Senator Kaiser and Representative Wilmeth.
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 7/1/23.
And yes, I did remove most all the Bills highlighted in Blue that were Democrat sponsored. If the Bills were not moving out of Committee like the Republican sponsored Bills, they have been removed from the monitoring cycle.
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. Don’t forget, there is an attachment with the Abbreviations used in the legislature to make your reading easier to understand.
As always, if there are Bills that I am not specifically monitoring, PLEASE let me know and I will add them to my list for you.
Chairman of Legislative Affairs for MCRC and Chairman of LD2 Legislative Affairs,
Days of Session: 174
Bills Posted: 153
Bills Transmitted to the Governor: 44
HB2305 ballots signature verification; observers GOVERNOW VETOED 5/19
HB2308 secretary of state, election; recusal GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
HB2309 sovereign authority; law enforcement GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
HB2319 elections; rule of construction GOVERNOR VETOED 4/17
HB2322 early ballots; signatures; guidelines; challenges GOVERNOR VETOED 4/6
HB2377 public officers; lobbying; prohibition GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
HB2415 active early voting lists; removal GOVERNOR VETOED 4/6
HB2442 temporary non-expansion area GOVERNOR VETOED 4/11
HB2477 electoral college; support GOVERNOR VETOED 4/5
HB2552 voting; elections; tally; prohibition GOVERNOR VETOED 4/12
HB2560 images; voter lists; records; contest GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
HB2613 voting equipment; requirements; origin GOVERNOR VETOED 5/16
HB2691 elections; ballot chain of custody GOVERNOR VETOED 4/18
HB2722 elections; option; full hand count GOVERNOR VETOED 6/16
HB2786 teacher training; parental notification; requirements GOVERNOR VETOED 6/16
SB1021 attorney general; legislature; legal challenges GOVERNOR VETOED 4/18
SB1025 political signs; tourism zones GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
SB1048 campaign finance; reporting threshold; lobbyists GOVERNOR VETOED 5/19
SB1061 public officials; home addresses; confidentiality GOVERNOR SIGNED 5/8
SB1066 election mailings; third-party disclosures GOVERNOR VETOED 5/26
SB1068 police dogs; emergency treatment GOVERNOR SIGNED 6/20
SB1074 election; contest; technical correction GOVERNOR VETOED 4/6
SB1095 early ballot envelope; notice GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1105 early ballots; election day tabulation GOVERNOR VETOED 5/26
SB1135 spoiled early ballots; election day GOVERNOR VETOED 5/26
SB1074 tabulating equipment; standards; source codes GOVERNOR VETOED 4/6
SB1175 registrations; observers; counting procedures; verification GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1180 voter registrations; payment prohibited GOVERNOR VETOED 5/26
SB1201 early ballots; signatures; electronic pollbooks GOVERNOR VETOED 6/5
SB1213 legislative audit committee; procedures manual GOVERNOR VETOED 6/2
SB1264 officials; political action committee prohibition GOVERNOR VETOED 6/8
SB1265 voting; elections; tally; prohibition GOVERNOR VETOED 6/5
SB1270 open meetings; capacity GOVERNOR SIGNED 4/6
SB1273 early ballot delivery; instruction requirements GOVERNOR SIGNED 5/8
SB1299 inauguration expenses; promotional fund account GOVERNOR SIGNED 5/8
SB1332 cast vote; public records GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1428 political subdivisions; gun shows; preemption GOVERNOR VETOED 4/6
SB1455 office vacancy; discharge of duties GOVERNOR VETOED 4/18
SB1471 ballot tabulation; hand count comparison GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1565 ballot processing; electronic adjudication; limitation GOVERNOR VETOED 4/18
SB1595 early ballots; identification; tabulation GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1596 polling places; office spaces; appropriation GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
SB1597 early ballot on-site tabulation; requirement GOVERNOR VETOED 6/8
SB1598 federal candidates; observers; elections GOVERNOR VETOED 6/20
Bills Vetoed: 39 (above)
Bills Signed: 5 (above)
Resolutions Posted: 19
Resolutions Sent to the SOS: 4
- HCR2033 primary elections; eligible candidates
- HCR2039 Governor; state of emergency
- SCR1015 initiative; referendum; signatures; legislative districts
- SCR1037 presidential electors; constitutional appointments
(NOW; elections; systems; equipment)
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