Saturday, April 4, 2015

Little Shop of Horrors (aka azleg) closed for season

Fortunately the blood-sucking imitation Audrey IIs did not have, or take, the time to do more damage.

Lots of bills died upon sine die. Here is what is still alive on Il Duce's desk.

HB2407 - Long list of requirements for ballot measures - passed House with party line vote and transmitted to Gov.

HB2415 - Increases campaign contribution limits - passed House (Ackerley voted no) - transmitted to Gov

HB2608 - signatures needed for 3rd party on ballot

2643 - Another sovereignty bill: "Prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act." Passed both House (Ackerley - yes) and Senate (Begay - yes).

HB2609 - previously SB1273 - REAL ID - (aka AZ do-not-fly list if not signed) - House passed w/ bipartisan vote.

SB1241 - Another sovereignty bill "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." This time the state asserts sovereignty over cities, towns, and counties. Where is local control? Party line vote on this one.

SB1332 - "Expands eligible students for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) and establishes the Empowerment Scholarship Account Special Education Study Committee (Committee)." Ackerley voted no, Begay voted yes. Want to bet on whether Il Duce signs this one?

I'll crib on the land grab bills and let AZBlueMeanie do the lift:

The Neo-Confederate states rights "land grab" bills passed. HB 2175, which asserts and claims rights-of-way across (federal) public lands, passed. HB 2176, "federal land relinquishment; payments," which directs the state land commissioner to "request" that "all constitutionally nonenumerated federal land within this state through sale," and directs the attorney general to "initiate proceedings against the United States in order to force the relinquishment of all remaining constitutionally nonenumerated federal land within this state to the state land trust," passed on a near party-line vote. HB 2318, "transfer of public lands compact," purporting to create an interstate compact for the transfer of (federal) public lands, passed on a party line vote. HB 2318 is patently unconstitutional and should be vetoed by Governor Ducey. HCM 2005, urging "the federal government to dispose of public lands in, and transfer title to, Arizona," passed and has been transmitted to the Secretary of State to send to Congress. Not as dramatic as the South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession, but close enough.

Chris Ackerley, LD2 Rep from Sahuarita, voted yes on all those bills. IMO: that does not qualify him as the (mythical) moderate Republican.

For more on the idiotive session see the post by AZBlueMeanie at B4AZ and commentary by Laurie Roberts at The Republic/

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