Bills Moving — Week of January 27, 2014
Dear Arizona Taxpayer:
This week, the week of January 27, several bills of concern to AFP-Arizona activists will be going before committees at the state Capitol. These bills include:
• HB 2090 would require the Arizona State Retirement System to establish a defined contribution retirement plan (similar to a 401k) for employees who are otherwise eligible for ASRS, the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System or the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan but who elect to participate in the defined contribution plan. Our state pension systems are on the path to bankruptcy, and in need of systematic reform. HB 2090 will be heard in the House Insurance and Retirement Committee on Tuesday, January 28 at 2 pm. (Click HERE for a list of members of the House Government Committee. For email and phone contacts, click on members’ names. Your email or phone message can be as simple as “Please support HB 2090.”)
• HB 2378 would prohibit a municipality from levying or assessing a municipality-wide tax or fee against property owners based on the size or value of the owner’s real property or improvements for any public service provided by the municipality. The Town of Paradise Valley’s recent fire fee (i.e. TAX) proposal is a great example of the kind of abuse we are trying to prevent. HB 2378 will be heard in the House Government Committee on Tuesday, January 28 at 2 pm. (Click HERE for a list of members of the House Government Committee. For email and phone contacts, click on members’ names. Your email or phone message can be as simple as “Please support HB 2378.”)
• SB 1182 would prohibit school boards from ordering the continuation of an existing budget override more than once before its expiration. School districts need to demonstrate that they can manage their resources effectively and focus money in their classrooms before they ask voters for an automatic extension of override spending authority. Thanks to our friends at the Arizona Free Enterprise Club for posting a good explanation of this bill. SB 1182 will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 29 at 2 pm. (Click HERE for a list of members of the Senate Finance Committee. For email and phone contacts, click on members’ names. Your email or phone message can be as simple as “Please support SB 1182.”)
• SB 1100 would order school districts to report any school buildings vacant over three years to the Department of Education and make these buildings available for sale or lease to charter and private schools. SB1100 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, January 30 at 10 am. (Click HERE for a list of members of the Senate Education Committee. For email and phone contacts, click on members’ names. Your email or phone message can be as simple as “Please support SB 1100.”)
You can read more about these bills at www.azleg.gov by typing the bill number in the search engine. You can also find the names of the individual committee members by going to the following websites:
These are all good pro-taxpayer and pro-educational reform bills, and there are several ways you can help us lobby for them:
1. Email and call the committee members: You can send short emails to the members of each committee, and leave phone messages with their secretaries, politely asking them to vote in favor of the bills. And please copy Bill Fathauer at firstname.lastname@example.org on these emails so that even if you are unable to attend the hearing in person, we will be able to refer to your email in testimony.
2. Register on the Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS) in support of the bills: If you do not already have an account with the ALIS system, you will need to come down to the Capitol to set up an account at one of the several kiosks (after you sign up, you will be able to voice your opinion on bills from the comfort of your home). The entire process is rather easy, but feel free to contact our Director of External Affairs, Bill Fathauer, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
3. Forward this email to family members: After you’re done lobbying committee members, or your representatives, please forward AFP-Arizona’s email action alerts to your friends and family — or anyone else you know — and show them how they can be a part of the process too. Every new voice helps! If you’re not on our email list already, join by clicking on the JOIN US button at the top of this page.
I really appreciate all your hard work in making grassroots free-market victories possible in Arizona. Together we can lead Arizona into the future!
Best wishes, Bill
Director of External Affairs
Americans for Prosperity