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Friday, February 22, 2013

2-22-13 MCRC Briefs


FEB 22, 2013
·        Arizona-Democrats-push-to-repeal-SB-1070 "They lost. Get used to it. The people of America want a secure border," Rep. John Kavanagh, one of the Republican leaders behind the immigration law, told reporters outside the Senate Thursday. "1070 delivered what it promised to deliver."
· Say_No_To_The_Bathroom_Bill The City of Phoenix is considering passing a law, which would allow “transgendered” men to use the women’s restroom in public accommodations like restaurants, schools, and churches - the same restroom that your child uses. Councilmen Sal Diciccio and Jim Waring have committed to stand for your families, business, and religious freedom by opposing the Bathroom Bill. Ask these councilmembers to vote NO.
ü Thelda Williams: council.district.1@phoenix.gov, 602-262-7444
ü Vice Mayor Bill Gates: council.district.3@phoenix.gov, 602-262-7441
ü Daniel Valenzuela: council.district.5@phoenix.gov, 602-262-7446
ü Michael Nowakowski: council.district.7@phoenix.gov, 602-262-7492
ü Michael Johnson: council.district.8@phoenix.gov, 602-262-7493
· The Center for Arizona Policy urges voters to oppose the “Bathroom Bill” that is scheduled for the 2:30 pm, Feb. 26 Phoenix City Council meeting, 200 W. Jefferson St., Phx. you can fill out a card to request to speak or simply write comments to be read into the record. Contact council members Click here
·        Action-Alert-For-Phoenix-Arizona Residents: Call Mayor Stanton's Office To Stop This  Ordinance  Mayor Stanton's "Human Relations Ordinance" will allow transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice. The Mayor’s office is taking a poll. Do you want your daughter sharing a bathroom with this man? Please call 602-262-7611.The City Council vote will be next Tuesday  - Feb 26, 2013. Businesses will be fined for not obeying this ordinance.
·         ‘We the People of Arizona’ has formally requested that the WESD Board of Governor's place a study of the origins of Common Core on the agenda at the next Board meeting in order to determine the legality of the implementation of this program currently underway  in WESD. “A review of the U.S. Constitution, the Arizona Constitution and the Statutes of the State of Arizona (Title 15) indicate to me that Common Core's adoption by the State Board of Education in 2010 and the current proposed legislation HB 2047 is in fact a violation of all three of these documents and further implementation in WESD and elsewhere in Arizona should be stopped, wrote Wes Harris, chairman to the board chairman. 602-942-9281
      602-432-2871 (cell)    wwharris@msn.com or wwharris40@gmail.com
·        Precinct Committeeman (PC) Certificates have been mailed out for the past two weeks, according to the Maricopa County Elections office. The last batch went out yesterday. If you are an elected PC and don’t receive one, contact your LD Chairman.
·        Central Republican Women of Phoenix (CRWP) welcomes KFYI talk show host Terry Gilberg as their featured speaker on March 7. Social Hour is 5:30 pm. Program at 6:30 along with dinner. $22 per person for dinne at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central (south of Indian School).   RSVP: Tina Shaw at travelingtina@cox.net
·        “Gun Ownership in AZ and the Feinstein Bill” will be the topic Scottsdale Gun Club Operations Manager Ryan Arnold address at the March 4 Lincoln Republican Women meeting at the Millennium Resort, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.  $28 per person for dinner. RSVP/reservations  480-368-2777.
·        HB2594, a Bill to reinstate the Heritage Fund, passed unanimously (8-0) on Feb. 18 in the Arizona House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. HB2594 would also  reinstate the Local Transportation Assistance Fund (LTAF), which helps to fund transit services, and also the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund, which funds parks programs, environmental education, trails, historic preservation, and more. Both of these funds received Arizona Lottery revenues but were eliminated by the Legislature and Governor during the 2010 state budget crisis. Under this bill, both funds would receive their original allocations -- LTAF would receive $9 million per year and Heritage Fund $10 million per year. 
Beth Woodin of Tucson, former Arizona Game and Fish Department Commissioner and current president of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, noted, "It is heartening to see state legislators recognize the need to restore the Heritage Fund that was overwhelmingly supported by voters in 1990. Over the years, millions of dollars in Heritage Fund matching grants have developed new parks, trail systems, campgrounds, picnic facilities, and lake improvements, as well as preserved important parts of our rich cultural heritage."
In a study conducted by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center at Northern Arizona University, it was found that direct expenditures from the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund in 2007, the last full year of Heritage Fund matching grants, were $12.9 million spent on both land acquisition and construction related to maintenance and repair. Direct program expenditures resulted in indirect expenditures of $4.6 million and induced expenditures of $8.5 million for a total economic impact of $26.1 million. Direct expenditures resulted in 125 direct jobs, 33 indirect jobs, and 66 induced jobs, for a total of 224 jobs from the Arizona State Park Heritage Fund. Estimated total taxes for these expenditures (Local, State, and Federal) were $3.3 million.
          William Schwind, vice president of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, stated, "It's now our hope that the House Appropriations Committee, under the chairmanship of Representative John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, will give HB2594 a full and fair hearing and move the legislation to the House floor."
           However, two similar bills in the last two legislative sessions were not advanced by Chairman John Kavanagh of the House Appropriations Committee.  When recently asked if he would hear HB2594 in Committee, he refused, according to a state by the Heritage Alliance. To request that Kavanagh put HB2594 on the House Appropriations Committee agenda call 602-926-5170 or e-mail jkavanagh@azleg.gov
·        If you hike, boat, ride, hunt, fish, watch wildlife, visit a park, or tour historic sites, then Arizona's Heritage Fund affects your life. The Arizona Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 1992 to protect Arizona's Heritage Fund and its objectives.  The Alliance is guided by a 22 member Board of Directors drawn from a broad base of outdoor sports, environmental conservation, and historic preservation organizations that helped to pass the 1990 statewide voter initiative creating the Heritage Fund. For more information about the Alliance, visit azheritage.org or on Facebook
·        Congressman David Schweikert will host a Budget Town Hall  at 11 am, Feb. 23 in the Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center, Multipurpose Rm,  3435 W. Pinnacle Peak, Phx. Contact:  Daniel Caldwell  Daniel.Caldwell@mail.house.gov or at 480-946-2411.
·        Most Americans like the idea of voting by mail but not same-day registration.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is now too hard to vote in the United States. Read More
·        American Freedom Alliance (AFA) Is Running A Post Card Campaign against Medicaid Expansion: postcards available at azlegislation  Look in the Discussions section for talking points and send the postcards to Gov Brewer (see link about half way down the AFA website page)
·        Go to Union Bills union-bill-activity    to review the AFA backed bills.
·        Common Core Curriculum - the dumbing down of American schools    two-weeks-to-kill-common-core-curriculum
·        HB2594, a Bill to reinstate the Heritage Fund, passed unanimously (8-0) on Feb. 18 in the Arizona House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. HB2594 would also  reinstate the Local Transportation Assistance Fund (LTAF), which helps to fund transit services, and also the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund, which funds parks programs, environmental education, trails, historic preservation, and more. Both of these funds received Arizona Lottery revenues but were eliminated by the Legislature and Governor during the 2010 state budget crisis. Under this bill, both funds would receive their original allocations -- LTAF would receive $9 million per year and Heritage Fund $10 million per year. 
Beth Woodin of Tucson, former Arizona Game and Fish Department Commissioner and current president of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, noted, "It is heartening to see state legislators recognize the need to restore the Heritage Fund that was overwhelmingly supported by voters in 1990. Over the years, millions of dollars in Heritage Fund matching grants have developed new parks, trail systems, campgrounds, picnic facilities, and lake improvements, as well as preserved important parts of our rich cultural heritage."
In a study conducted by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center at Northern Arizona University, it was found that direct expenditures from the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund in 2007, the last full year of Heritage Fund matching grants, were $12.9 million spent on both land acquisition and construction related to maintenance and repair. Direct program expenditures resulted in indirect expenditures of $4.6 million and induced expenditures of $8.5 million for a total economic impact of $26.1 million. Direct expenditures resulted in 125 direct jobs, 33 indirect jobs, and 66 induced jobs, for a total of 224 jobs from the Arizona State Park Heritage Fund. Estimated total taxes for these expenditures (Local, State, and Federal) were $3.3 million.
          William Schwind, vice president of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, stated, "It's now our hope that the House Appropriations Committee, under the chairmanship of Representative John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, will give HB2594 a full and fair hearing and move the legislation to the House floor."
           However, two similar bills in the last two legislative sessions were not advanced by Chairman John Kavanagh of the House Appropriations Committee.  When recently asked if he would hear HB2594 in Committee, he refused, according to a state by the Heritage Alliance. To request that Kavanagh put HB2594 on the House Appropriations Committee agenda call 602-926-5170 or e-mail jkavanagh@azleg.gov
·        If you hike, boat, ride, hunt, fish, watch wildlife, visit a park, or tour historic sites, then Arizona's Heritage Fund affects your life. The Arizona Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 1992 to protect Arizona's Heritage Fund and its objectives.  The Alliance is guided by a 22 member Board of Directors drawn from a broad base of outdoor sports, environmental conservation, and historic preservation organizations that helped to pass the 1990 statewide voter initiative creating the Heritage Fund. For more information about the Alliance, visit azheritage.org or on Facebook
·        Congressman David Schweikert will host a Budget Town Hall  at 11 am, Feb. 23 in the Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center, Multipurpose Rm,  3435 W. Pinnacle Peak, Phx. Contact:  Daniel Caldwell  Daniel.Caldwell@mail.house.gov or at 480-946-2411.
·        Most Americans like the idea of voting by mail but not same-day registration.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is now too hard to vote in the United States. Read More
·        American Freedom Alliance (AFA) Is Running A Post Card Campaign against Medicaid Expansion: postcards available at azlegislation  Look in the Discussions section for talking points and send the postcards to Gov Brewer (see link about half way down the AFA website page)
·        Go to Union Bills union-bill-activity    to review the AFA backed bills.
·        Common Core Curriculum - the dumbing down of American schools    two-weeks-to-kill-common-core-curriculum
·        Legislative Update from the Center for Arizona Policy:
ü  HB 2600 will increase the number of judicial nominees that must be sent to the Governor from three to five, allowing the Governor to consider more qualified candidates when filling a judicial vacancy. This bill takes important steps to increase accountability and transparency in the judicial nomination process.Passed House Public Safety, Military & Regulatory Affairs Committee (6-1-1)
  HB 2458 enacts safeguards to ensure that the Empowerment Scholarship Account program cannot be fraudulently abused. Passed House Third Read (59-0-1)  
  HB 2446 and HB 2645 clarify taxation policies for churches and religious preschools. 2446 passed House Ways and Means Committee (5-3)
HB 2645 passed House Commerce Committee (7-2)
  HB 2617 allows additional businesses to participate in the corporate scholarship tax credit programs, which will allow more students in foster care, students with special needs, and students from low-income families to have scholarships.Passed House Ways and Means Committee (6-1-1)
  SB 1376 requires "assisted reproductive technology" clinics to report to the state how many embryos they are creating, destroying, and using for testing.
Passed Senate Health and Human Services (4-3)
·        AzCDL Reports on Pro Gun Owners Bills moving forward.  They are:
ü  HB 2234 - An AzCDL requested bill that would standardize the definition of firearms in ARS 13-105 and remove duplicate and/or conflicting definitions in other statutes.
ü  HB 2326 - Would prohibit maintaining information on a person who possesses, purchases, transfers or sells a firearm except in the course of a law enforcement investigation.
ü  HB 2433 - Would eliminate the statutory age cap (currently 45 years old) on who is a member of the state militia (i.e., all able-bodied citizens capable of bearing arms).
ü  HB 2455 - An AzCDL requested bill that would clarify that firearms voluntarily surrendered to a state or local entity cannot be destroyed and must be sold.
ü  HB 2554 - An AzCDL-requested bill that would require operators of a public (i.e., state and local government) property, wishing to ban weapons, to do more than slap up a cardboard sign. They would be required to provide real security (e.g., restricted access, armed guards and metal detectors) as well as storage lockers. If an operator of a public building does not comply with the security requirements, the prohibition of firearms would not be enforceable.
ü  SB 1112 - Would prohibit enforcement, by state and federal officials, of federal laws relating to a “personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition, that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of” Arizona. This bill also provides that the Arizona Attorney General may defend a citizen of Arizona who is prosecuted by the feds for violation of related federal firearms laws.
ü  SCR 1015 – A Resolution that the members of the Legislature support the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and reject the consideration of new legislation that would infringe on this constitutionally protected right.
ü  SCR 1016 - Would add to the 2014 general election ballot the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to allow the people of Arizona to reject a federal action that the people determine violates the U.S. Constitution by passing an initiative or referendum, passing a bill, or using any other available legal remedy, and to prohibit the state from using any personnel or resources to enforce or cooperate with a federal action that the people reject.
·        Congressman Trent Franks Spring Training & Golf weekend at the Arizona Biltmore schedule:
ü  March 8 – Guest check in at Biltmore. 6 pm, Pre-game reception at Camelback Ranch, Camelback Ranch, 10710 W Camelback Road, Phx.  7 pm Game Reds v Dodgers
ü  March 9 - Golf Outing at Biltmore Golf Club. Noon Check-in & Buffet Lunch.  1:32 PM Tee-off. Evening: dinner on your own.
ü  March 10 - Reds v. White Sox at Camelback Ranch  1:05 PM Game / Reserved Seating. Lunch – concession coupons provided.
Weekend Pass for all events: $2,600 per person (includes transportation to and from Arizona Biltmore Resort) Resort Casual Attire . Arizona guests - RSVP to Andrea at AndreaTylerEvans@gmail.com  602-448-5959.  Out-of-town Guests: Contact- Radha Hirsch  MS.AZGOP@gmail.com   Phone: 602-510-2384  
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·        Grounding Of F-35 Fleet Wont Affect Luke Air Force Base   The Pentagon Grounded Its Fleet Of F-35 Fighter Jets After Discovering A Cracked Engine Blade.
·        Amid Talk Of Reform, School-Safety Measures Stall At Arizona Capitol   Today Is The Final Day For Bills To Get At Least One Public Hearing In Their Respective Chambers.
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·        Action-Alert-For-Phoenix-Arizona Residents: Call Mayor Stanton's Office To Stop This Dumb Ass Ordinance  Mayor Stanton's "Human Relations Ordinance" will allow transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice. The Mayors office is taking a poll. Do you want your daughter sharing a bathroom with this man? Please call 602-262-7611.The City Council vote will be next Tuesday FEBRUARY 26, 2013. Businesses will be fined for not obeying this ordinance.
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