See the Other Laws Being Pushed by the Force Behind Arizona's SB 1062

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By Matthew Hendley


If you've got your undies in a bunch over the possible passage of Senate Bill 1062, then you should see what other bills the organization behind 1062 is pushing.

That's the Christian Right group Center for Arizona Policy. (You may have seen the organization's president Cathi Herrod on CNN recently, doing a horrible job at defending SB 1062 from allegations that it's anti-gay.) Those tuned in to the Legislature are likely well aware of the Center for Arizona Policy's efforts, but here's what else they're working to pass this session:

See also:
-Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Sane Republicans, Run Screaming from SB 1062
-Arizona's "Religious Freedom" Bill in the Hands of Governor Brewer

  • HB 2565: Criminalizing assisted suicide

  • Arizona already has a law against assisted suicide, but this expands the definition of manslaughter to include "offering or providing the physical means" to commit suicide, even when a person is specifically seeking assistance.

  • HB 2284: "Women's Health Protection Act"

  • This would allow surprise government inspections of abortion clinics, without a warrant. It would also make it a misdemeanor "to help a minor avoid Arizona's parental consent requirements and obtain an abortion," and would mandate specific reports in the case of a "botched abortion." It's unclear where the name "Women's Health Protection Act" comes from.

  • HB 2150, 2036, 2291, and SB 1236: ESA expansion

  • These bills all expand Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Account program. The program uses the money that would have gone to a student's public school district, and instead puts into an account parents can use on private-school fees. They expansions that CAP is encouraging would lead to a majority of Arizona students being eligible for ESAs, which could lead to a majority of public-school funds being taken from public schools.

  • HB 2281: Expanding tax exemption for churches

  • This would exempt churches from paying any property taxes on buildings they rent.

While some or all of these bills wouldn't go anywhere in most states, the Center for Arizona Policy boasts that 123 of its bills have become laws since 1995. Another 28 have been vetoed by governors.

Just last year, nine of its supported bills were signed into law, and three were vetoed -- including this same "religious freedom" bill that the Legislature has passed for a second time.

The Center for Arizona Policy makes it pretty easy for people to track which of its bills are getting close to passage, with a "bill tracker" feature on its website.

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Muyska Santa Fe
Muyska Santa Fe

Cathi Herrod has been paid $1.2 million in salary to promote legislation for the Center for Arizona Policy (www.azpolicy.org) including Arizona's controversial #SB1062. Under the guise of "religious freedom," Herrod has been working to restrict gay rights and freedoms for decades. She has made it her career. Her group CAP forced their "definition of marriage" using Proposition 102 in 2008, just two years after Arizona became the first U.S. state to defeat a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. After spending millions of dollars, Herrod and the well funded CAP were successful in 2008 and Prop. 102 added this Article to the AZ Constitution: "ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN SHALL BE VALID OR RECOGNIZED AS A MARRIAGE IN THIS STATE." Eight years later, in 2016, Arizonans will have the opportunity to give marriage equality to all people here. Polls show that the majority of Arizona residents now favor marriage equality. CAP calls itself "a nonprofit research and education organization committed to promoting and defending religious liberty. They are, in fact, a high-powered lobbying group. Please repost and share so we can inform voters about Cathi Herrod and CAP (www.azpolicy.org) #cathiherrod #SB1062 #stopcap

pyuma
pyuma

folks watch out for HB 2481!!!!!! it was introduced 3 days ago in phoenix. gives judges, justices of the peace a 'licence' to discriminate against others based on their personal 'religious beliefs'

Valarie J. Vousden
Valarie J. Vousden

I maybe moving in summer (not by choice) and with this kind of crap continually going on here I'm starting to be glad not to be associated with this absurd state!

kiscellaneous
kiscellaneous

The right to deny service based on religious beliefs... tax exemption for churches... sounds like the law granting special privileges based on personal lifestyle choices.  One's religion is about as personal a lifestyle choice as one can make.  

Aaron Ott
Aaron Ott

what an incredible waste of time and resources.

Dean Palmer
Dean Palmer

What does cathi herrod look like? Is she even local?

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

She has that much influence because she probably contributes LARGE AMOUNTS OF TAX-FREE MONEY to politicians that do her bidding. That's how it usually goes. We have a chance to make a difference this year, if we register to vote before the deadline and exercise our right.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Its amazing how churches don't have to put a penny into society. But they can control what we can say or do with they're invisible ceo. They should pay like the rest of us. Or go fuck them selves.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Send her all your dog and cat shit in the mail. Wrap it up nice and pretty.

Chad Lester
Chad Lester

Who voted this Harrod bitch into office? NOBODY! Then why does she have so much influence in the legislature? SHE IS NOT AN ELECTED OFFICIAL! IF SHE WANTS TO PASS THESE CRAZY BILLS THEN LET HER WIN AN ELECTION HERSELF!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Arizona already has a law against assisted suicide, but this expands the definition of manslaughter to include "offering or providing the physical means" to commit suicide, even when a person is specifically seeking assistance.


Since most suicides are committed by FIREARMS, this is an excellent law to hold the Gun Dealers and Manufacturers responsible for the death and destruction they facilitate.


Make it so !!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"HB 2281: Expanding tax exemption for churches"


Like the church deserves any more freebies paid for by me


Hey, where is the bill that protects MY religious liberties by not making me, a non-theist, have to pay for theists clubhouses (aka churches)?? Why am I being discriminated against by having to pay for the clubhouses of a religion I don't believe in or support???


Where is separation of church and state for me and other intelligent people, aka atheists?


So sick of the religious prejudice favoring religion in what is supposed to be a secular country... churches need to start paying taxes NOW, I am sick of support the American Taliban (or any religion) through my tax monies.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Arizona = Insane Teatard Desert Wasteland

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

I really hope G Takei comes to AZ and helps put the pressure on our Legislature to get rid of the influence it seems Herrod has over them. Its sad when they even boast it, like "nananana you cant stop us". Oh hell yes we can! 

dtmac
dtmac

Religion poisons everything.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The sane response to the above:

1.  HB2565 - Euthanasia should be legal and expanded.

2.  Abortions legal through 4 1/2 months.  41/2 to 6 mo. only in extreme cases.  3rd trimester ONLY if death of mother is imminent.  Parents have the right to know if their child is considering abortion.

3.  ESA expansion - taxes should go to parental choice for education.  Public schools have had their chance and FAILED.  

4.  No tax exempt status for religion.     

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

With the reaction to SB1062, the public best question the sanity of people in the AZ Legislature.  This pile of crap should never have passed, and the public reaction to it is proof of that!


Who do they think they represent?  It sure as hell isn't the people!

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

@SedonaAZ  This is great!  Impressed by the information on the website and it made it very easy to join the complaint.  Highly recommend!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  

No, moron, this wouldn't mean that you could hold the people who manufactured the guns responsible.   That's not what "providing the physical means" means to anybody with an IQ over 40.  It means handing them the gun knowing that they plan to use it to kill themselves.


deniseaz2003
deniseaz2003

@DonkeyHotay i fully support the right to die with dignity . not surprised that Cap wants to try to control my life even to the final breath ,,, i think CAP. can use the guidance of the book Final Exit .3rd edition ...and save the people to their own end of life choices .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753  


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.


... by making laws giving preference to Religion / Churches -- the Government is making laws respecting an establishment of religion.


Ipso facto.



MisterE
MisterE

@david_saint01 G. Takei was a guest last night on the Lawrence O'Donnell show where he pledged to rally support to rid AZ of the extremist lawmakers, even if Brewer vetoes SB1062. Great news in my view.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@fishingblues  

Public schools have not failed.  Students attending public schools in Arizona score above the national average on ACT and SAT tests.  Of course, only those students whose parents give a damn about education take those tests, showing that what appears to be a failure of our schools is actually a failure of parents to give a damn.

Students attending private schools almost always have parents who care (at least enough to have chosen a school), so they naturally do better on average than public school kids, again, not because the schools are better, but because the parents care.



WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham  Jaffy.  So,I think you should stay in Fesno, as your gay porn websites are not welcome here, it seems!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

I suspect that they thought they were representing their constituents, because CAP assured them that they were, and they know that religious people don't lie.


FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Guess the author of this article omitted "knowing" from the summary of the law.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Agreed.


I have long thought that the US was being extremely hypocritical with the religious protections under the law - I have no problem with protections for religion - they should be there - but US law goes far beyond protections to privileges, especially for christians/catholics


Church Tax Exemption is a primary one, marriage is another


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@david_saint01 @fishingblues  Most rational people agree with my views.  People who don't include far left nut bag emotional loony liberals and radical religious righties.  

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham @WhoKnows  Why should we have to more? You are the ones trying to violate existing discrimination laws - if anyone should have to move, it's you.


Might I suggest Iran or Syria? I am sure your gay pedophilia web sites will be very well received there...

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I was thinking of you when I moved. Must have lost 5 lbs!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@robert_graham

A lot of us have been around much longer than CAP, and believe that they're the ones who should leave.  This bill should be enough to do it.  The media should keep the pressure on by continuing to tie everything they try to accomplish back to this fiasco.  Every mention of CAP should include '(the group behind SB1062)'.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 ... so is it being encouraged with special tax exempt status or not?


Is it being encouraged with special protections in the constitution, law and policies of the US or not?



Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Flyer9753  Donkey stop trying to put words in my mouth so you can have an argument. 


I have already stated, several times that I do not think the church should have tax exempt status.. I have said that numerous times in comments I know you have seen so clearly you are either willingly ignoring it here or are just stupid.


Nothing in my comment above said anything about them keeping that status, that they should keep it or have it at all.


Troll for your argument elsewhere.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 "It's not being encouraged, it's being tolerated, two very different things"


So those who produce and believe in Science Fiction receive Government granted TAX EXEMPT STATUS for ALL their endeavors promoting said Fiction, eh?



Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Flyer9753  It's not being encouraged, it's being tolerated, two very different things


The same could be said on their side about your idiocy... what makes you right and them wrong? Maybe they are right, does that mean you would accept being silenced by them? I think not....


ahhh the civilized society argument.... nice to meet you mein Führer


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 ... the "right" to be an idiot already exists, no need for special treatment when the idiocy is couched in "religion" and promoted by a "church".


Is there a special right to believe in Science Fiction, UFO's, Alien Abductions?


Is there a special right to believe in Vampire or Zombie Fiction?



There is NO NEED to encourage ANY FORM of Superstitious Nonsense, nor for the Government to give SPECIAL TREATMENT to any form or group of superstitious nonsense over another group, simply because they call their idiotic superstitious nonsense a "religion".


Protecting idiocy merely encourages it by acquiescence -- which is against civilized society's best interests.





Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Because until they infringe on someone elses rights, they have the right to be idiots.


While I don't agree with their beliefs, they do have a right to those beliefs and the right to live their life according to them so long as they do not discriminate against others, since that is illegal.


The majority of the problem is calling things rights that aren't


Is marriage a legal 'right'? According to the religious right it's not a 'right' under law and they are correct - but then they go and give marriage 1138 specific and distinct benefits and privileges under the law in regards to marriage... well guess what, you just made marriage a right for all since you gave it legal benefits/privileges that have to be available to all equally since anything else is discrimination.


I agree they are idiots, but until their actions affect someone else and not before, they have the right to be idiots.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 "I have no problem with protections for religion - they should be there "


Why countenance Pig-Ignorant Superstitious Nonsense?


It merely encourages such idiocy on a grand scale.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@fishingblues @valleynative 

You're missing the point.  It tells us the performance of students whose parents give a damn.  Since it tells us that, it doesn't need to ask the question directly.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@valleynative  'success of students who's parents give a damn' certainly has merit.  However, it is completely subjective and cannot be measured.   I'm surprised at you.  Your response was emotional.  

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@fishingblues @valleynative 

That report is based on "policies and programs", not success of the students whose parents give a damn.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative @robert_graham  we need to get that movement going to get rid of CAP. Run that evil woman Herrod right out of the state! Its preposterous that their agenda is taken so seriously by the GOP in AZ, while us constituents seem to mean so little by comparison! its time we sent a message loud and clear, WE COME FIRST! 

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