Arizona House Moves More Bills Pushed by the Force Behind SB 1062

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Matthew Hendley


On Wednesday evening, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, pointing out that it had nothing to do with her legislative priorities, like passing a budget and fixing Child Protective Services.

By Thursday afternoon, members of the Arizona House of Representatives were back to discussing and advancing bills pushed by the same lobbying group that was behind SB 1062 -- bills that don't fit into the description of legislative priorities reiterated by Brewer less than 24 hours prior.

See also:
-Activists Call on Legislators to Cut Ties With the Center for Arizona Policy
-See the Other Laws Being Pushed by the Force Behind Arizona's SB 1062

Despite Brewer's statement, and calls from protesters demanding that lawmakers cut their ties with the group behind SB 1062, the Center for Arizona Policy, the House had floor votes scheduled yesterday for several of CAP's other bills.

Two of them, related to expanding Empowerment Scholarship Accounts -- which direct public funds to private schools -- were held.

However, the House gave preliminary approval to HB 2284, which creates several more regulations for abortion clinics. Among other things, the bill would allow the state health department to do unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant.

The Center for Arizona Policy lobbied for a similar bill that was passed more than a decade ago, but was overturned in court (one of four anti-abortion bills pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that were defended using taxpayer money, and were overturned in court).

Instead of creating an additional burden to the taxpayers for what's likely to be another lawsuit if this bill passes, Democratic Representative Mark Cardenas proposed an amendment to make lawsuit costs come out of the House speaker's and Senate president's budgets.

Republican Representative Debbie Lesko, a sponsor of the bill, responded that Cardenas and other Democrats should tell their "friends" at Planned Parenthood not to sue if it becomes a law.

Cardenas and Democratic Representative Eric Meyer opined that it's not Planned Parenthood's fault if the bill is unconstitutional.

That bill passed a voice vote, but a final vote on the bill wasn't held yesterday.

The House did have a final vote on another CAP-pushed bill, expanding tax exemptions for religious organizations.

According to a document prepared by legislative budget staff, "Any property leased by any other entity to a religious institution primarily for religious worship would have their property tax assessment ratio lowered from 18.5% to 1%."

Since local property taxes help pay for the public-education system, and the state has to cover the cost when property taxes aren't enough, the budget staff estimates this cost the state about $2.1 million, starting in 2016.

In a previous hearing, Tory Anderson, a lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for Arizona, argued that a "tax exemption for property leased for purposes of religious worship only showcases a bias toward religious privilege and is unconstitutional." The organization also argues that for-profit companies can get this tax benefit, inviting misuse of the privilege.

That bill now heads to the Senate, as will the abortion bill, if it passes on that final vote.

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jeanjb
jeanjb

THE PEOPLE THAT SCREAM ABOUT RELIGOUS RIGHTS,ARE USING RELIGON  STEAL MY FREEDOM!!!!

ConcernedForArizona
ConcernedForArizona

Fight the right fight.  This isn't about Christian rights, this is about hate, and condoning it by the state.


At any point in human history, there have always been groups that are hated, and the ones doing the hate are moralists.  These so called "Christians" at CAP are not Christians, but moralists.  There's a huge difference between the two.


In biblical times, the lepers were the hated group, and the haters were guess who, moralists.  Christ set the record straight.  When He was confronted with this issue, he did not point his finger at the lepers and condemn them because moralists said he should, he sat with them, he ate with them, and he ministered to them, all in violation or moralistic directives.  These so called "Christians" are in violation of Christ's example, and in doing so, demonstrate their "un-Christian" hate.  Morality is the anti-Christ, and moralists are legion.  Fight the right fight and stop calling moralists Christians.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Oh boy....here we go again with even more bullshit coming from the Arizona Capitol.

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

Why does CAP hate Arizona so much?


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

These metal midgets called representatives never learn.

They won't be happy until they make Arizona the buttass end of every joke in the US, oh wait, they already have.

Keep driving Arizona into the ground you F-ing morons.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The capital police should arrest Herrod and anyone from CAP for domestic terrorism if they step foot on the ground near the state capital..  The CAP folks seem even more screwed up than the Westboro Baptist Church.

Reggievv
Reggievv

There should be protests every single day in front of the office of the Center for the Taliban.

azwillie
azwillie

Go here

https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage

To change your voter registration to Republican so you can vote in Republican primaries and vote some of these certified rectums out and THEN vote DEMOCRATIC in the election Nov 4 to be sure we get rid of at least some of these sleaze balls.

Don't worry, you don't have to be tainted with the Republican label the rest of your life. You can change it back again after you vote in the primaries or after the election ( best ).

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

We have rights too.Why is it that when sb1070 was passed we complained for years and years to them.Even 400,000 people of all races protested downtown and across the Country.But still nothing.And now this group protest for a few days about this law and boom they're you go on a silver platter.what gives????   Bottom line, if the gay segment of the community can have rights.So can the church people,the latino people,the immigrant rights people,the white people,the black people,heck everyone has rights in this Country. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

Has there ever been any opposition to the Boy Scout's ban on gay scout leaders? Of course not. How come there haven't been the same kind of protests in downtown Phoenix over it? 

What ever happened to businesses being able to refuse service to anybody or does that only apply unless you are gay, black or Hispanic?

dtmac
dtmac

@azwillie  Register as "None" instead of GOP or DEM. You can vote in either primary, you go to the polls and can pick either.

Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly
Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly

Dems can switch to IND and pull a Republican ballot in the primaries so as to not have to register as a REP. This is especially important in districts where a DEM isn't running for office or has no chance to win in that district. LD1 is a prime example.

And those that are registered Independents not only need to get off their asses and vote on a regular basis but in most districts in this state, they need to show up at polling places for the primary election, pull a Republican ballot and vote for the least extremist Republicans that are on the ballot and in the cases where they are all nutcase kooks, then vote against the incumbents.

It is the only way to get rid of some of the puke that hold seats in the legislature.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@azwillie  If you register as an "independent" or "non specified", you can pick the primary you vote on for every election (except presidential).  That way you don't even have to pick a party, and really don't have to except every 4 years.

AlaskanPrincess
AlaskanPrincess

@azwillie Read the fine print! Registration has to be done 'x' # of days prior to election - and one needs to re-register 'if your party preference changes.' Might want to consider PND (party not designated)   

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@azwillie  

I've been voting in whichever party's primary seems most important for a long time.  I do have one suggestion, though, after you've voted for the best Republican candidate in the primary, why not open your mind and vote for the better candidate in the general election, regardless of political party?

If we could get the religious right out, you might be surprised at how reasonable Republicans can be.


mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@johnlancaster85035      Ultimately then, i think what will probably happen is......The U.S Supreme Court will say is what it boils down to is "infringement'.My rights verses your rights .Because remember everyone has rights in this Country.So the question is are your rights stepping on my rights? And i think the answer will be is ,yes they are. As far as the Church is concerned.

azwillie
azwillie

@johnlancaster85035  What gives is that businessmen felt it would COST THEM MONEY.


Note that they did not express concern over whether the bill was right or wrong, ONLY that they thought it would COST THEM MONEY.


I would not be surprised to find out that they physically threatened Brewer and told her if she signed the bill she would be dead in 48 hours.


She certainly has always been philosophically aligned with this so some FORCE must have been presented to make her go against her nature.


She had meetings all day long with groups of businessmen and SOMEHOW they persuaded her with a DEAL SHE COULDN'T REFUSE.


Just speculatin' :)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham  lol there hasnt? Thats interesting, considering there was an uproar, it was over turned, and some bigots couldnt handle it so they formed a new scout org called "trail life"! lol and they have banned ALL gays, and teach that its evil! 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham   really? there was no opposition? you arent to good at fact checking are you. its still a heated debate twit

azwillie
azwillie

@WhoKnows @azwillie  True, but if you register Republican you will get more phone call polls about Republican candidates and can cast another vote for someone who is not a tea bagger or total rectum --- if you can find someone like that in the Republican party. Those in party surveys are meaningful.


People find those surveys annoying but I < love > them because when you vote in those surveys you have much more power than you imagine. 


The people who pay for those surveys HEED the results. They may not always change their ways, but many times they do when surveys show the people don't want what they are selling.


Politicians DO test the winds and phone surveys count A LOT.


So when they call you at 8:15 in the middle of your favorite program .... grit your teeth and hit the pause button on your TV remote and take the survey --- you're doing yourself and Arizona and America a favor.


I can guarantee you that every tea-bagger in the state will take the surveys --- make YOUR voice heard.


azwillie
azwillie

@AlaskanPrincess @azwillie  unless I'm mistaken ( can happen I got two ex- wives ) it is 29 days before the election that you have to change registration.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@mrh0202201091  all i have to say is, if gays pay the same taxes as you, then you have no right to tell them what to do. (not directed at you personally, just a general statement)

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

@mrh0202201091                    So i guess they need to send the GOVERNOR  a GOOD LAW. A well thought out Law. One that pleases everyone.Good luck with that............

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