Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bill in AZ Senate assures succession in case of disaster ...

... but the Superintendent of Public Instruction is left out. Here are briefs from the Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required).

The proposal by Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, would require that the secretary of state, attorney general or treasurer be taken somewhere else — at least 25 miles away — the next time there’s an event that normally would include all of them plus the governor. The absent official would be returned to the Capitol only after the event was over and the state’s chief executive is safe.

Burges said there’s nothing unusual about SB1156. She said it tracks the current practice during the annual State of the Union address.

Nothing at all except the exclusion of Diane Douglas from succession. You don't suppose ...

One question raised was why the list of officers who will sit out these events did not include the superintendent of public instruction. The Arizona Constitution makes whoever is in that office the governor in the absence of secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer.

[Author of the bill] Rapacki said that was not a slight of either the office or Diane Douglas, who currently holds that post.

He said he just figured he’d limit it to those who might have a broader area of expertise in state issues. Anyway, Rapacki said, his list also excludes the state mine inspector.

Oooh! That hurt. Douglas' office is likened to dirt.

Burges indicated the measure is likely to get some tweaking when it now goes to the full Senate.

Will Douglas be the beneficiary of "tweaking"? Scriber says "not likely".

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