Quote:Arizona's 50th Legislature started its session with a Republican supermajority, an influential "tea party" contingent and an increasingly confident Republican governor.
Political insiders predicted a strong push for conservative legislation in what could be a final year of dominance before new political boundary lines change the makeup of the Legislature -- and they got exactly that.
Lawmakers proposed some of the most conservative measures in the nation: abortion limits; allowing employers to opt out of providing contraceptive health-care coverage; restricting union activities; allowing guns on college campuses; cutting taxes; and curbing regulation.
They pursued controversial efforts to require presidential candidates to show proof of citizenship to get on the state ballot, sought to take control of federal land and tried to prevent any level of Arizona government from adopting environmental-sustainability policies.
And they spiced up the final days of their session, which ended Thursday night, with an unsuccessful bill that would have allowed taxpayer dollars to reimburse recalled Senate President Russell Pearce for his campaign expenses, even though Pearce relied exclusively on donors and ran a surplus in his account. Pearce authored 2010's controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.
"There were a lot of measures proposed knowing we had a supermajority," said Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix. "We can't assure that next year. So given this moment in time, we saw legislation that captured our core principles."
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And in response to Ms. Yee, this LTTE was published:
Quote:Women can vote 'core values,' too
The Arizona Legislature is wrong overall on so many levels and especially about women's issues that it defies logic.
State Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, said Republicans may not have this majority for long, so they are passing bills that "captured our core principles" ("GOP tried to make most of supermajority," Republic, May 6).
Well, as a professional woman and a small-business owner who at one time was a starving student who had no health-care alternatives except Planned Parenthood, I want the legislators to know that I will work like mad to see that they don't have a majority in the future.
You may think that poor people are also ignorant, but many of us are able to rise above poverty and thrive. When that happens, we are smart enough to know that we want others to have the same benefits that we had.
So, you can continue to vote for your "core values," but I'll continue to vote mine and work so that others will be voting theirs also. We'll see where the women's vote falls.
-- J. Walker, Flagstaff
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Don't write off those us who live in AZ. There may be hope for the future. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and working like mad for Democratic candidates.