Michelle Ugenti's Anti-Colorado City Bill Gets No Love from State Senate
Farnsworth's seat-mate in Legislative District 12 is state Senate President Andy Biggs, who assigned HB 2648 to two committees, Public Safety and Government and Environment. But neither scheduled the bill for a hearing, and according to Mike Philipsen, communications adviser for the Senate Majority Staff, that means the bill is likely kaput.
"That particular bill would be dead," he explained, "because Public Safety met for the last time today--also it is not on the agenda for tomorrow's final Government hearing."
Moribund the bill might be for now, but until sine die (the end of the session), all things are possible.
I've been hard on Ugenti in the past, but her bill is worthy, and perhaps with a few tweaks, would make a good law. I also appreciated her righteousness in the House Government Committee she chairs, when she shut down a lawyer representing the Hildale-Colorado City Marshal's Office.
"I don't think in Arizona we should have police departments that have 50 percent of their officers decertified," she shot back at one of the attorney's cavils. "And we're going to deal with it."
Not this session, it seems, unless the bill's fortunes change.