Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FINAL UPDATE ON DISPOSITION OF BILLS: Ducey signs anti-health-care bill

Il Duce took a swipe at the federal government (or more precisely at our President) by signing HB2643.

Let's promote ill health for AZ: HB2643 prohibits the state and all political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SIGNED!!!! That puts 205,000 Arizonans at risk for losing health insurance. But, as the Daily Star (on-line) headline trumpets, Dice Ducey, Il Duce, claims the state will be "ready" if that happens.

Really? There is a plan but he is not telling us what it is? Duce is channeling a character from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome:

Max: So, what's the plan?

Pigkiller: [laughing] PLAN? There ain't no plan!

AZ should secede from the union: HB2175 HB asserts and claims rights-of-way across public lands for the state, HB2176 requires the US to relinquish all constitutionally nonenumerated federal land within Arizona, HB2318 adopts the Interstate Compact on the Transfer of Public Lands (Compact). HB2175 SIGNED. Appears that 2176 and 2318 were VETOed.

Federal lands: Ducey vetoed a measure to require the attorney general to request Arizona be given title to millions of acres of national forests, national monuments, property owned by the Bureau of Land Management, wilderness areas and national historic sites by the end of 2021. [HB2176???]

He also vetoed a parallel measure to have the state enter into compacts with other states to demand title to federal lands. [HB2318]

Let's make it tougher to vote: HB2407 modifies requirements for initiative, referendum and recall and requires courts to strictly construe, and the petition proponents to strictly comply with these provisions, HB2608 (Mar 31) changes the base number for determining the total percentage of signatures needed on nomination petitions, and decreases the percentage required. Both bills were SIGNED.

Asserts state sovereignty over cities and counties: SB1241 Stipulates that regulations regarding energy and auxiliary containers are a matter of statewide concern and prohibits cities, towns and counties from enacting regulations regarding energy measuring or reporting or auxiliary containers. SIGNED by His Majesty, Il Duce.

Prevents AZ's own do-not-fly list: HB2609 Requires ADOT on or before April 1, 2016, to issue a federally recognized driver license or identification license that allows the applicant to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft. SIGNED. It would have been a lot more fun had he not signed it.

Suck money from public schools: SB1332 (SIGNED) Expands eligible students for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) and establishes the Empowerment Scholarship Account Special Education Study Committee (Committee).

Based on reports in the Daily Star and (better) at azcentral.com.

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