The 2012 Arizona legislative session officially starts on Monday, January 9.
AzCDL has been working with legislators on proposed legislation since the last session ended. Legislators will soon file bills they are sponsoring, starting a difficult journey that, if all goes well, ends at the Governor’s desk.
To see any bill that AzCDL is monitoring, visit our Bill Tracking (http://www.azcdl.org/html/bill_tracking.html
) page. As bills appear on this page, we will add our position (i.e., support or oppose), along with other relevant information. This page is constantly being updated and a visit there will give you the current status of any bill we’re keeping an eye on.
Proposed legislation must survive committee assignments, several debates and multiple votes – in both chambers (House and Senate) of the Arizona legislature. AzCDL representatives will be working at the Capitol full time, meeting with legislators and “stake holders,” along with testifying at hearings, to move good legislation towards passage and defeat bad bills aimed at destroying your rights.
However, AzCDL’s success at the Capitol is dependent upon YOUR involvement. We need activists who emphatically let legislators know how you want them to vote on pending legislation. This is not a time to let the “other guy” do the work. As Edmund Burke stated, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing
AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center makes getting involved a matter of a few mouse clicks. If you go to http://azcdl.capwiz.com/azcdl/home/
and provide your location, you will find your legislators along with contact information. When legislators need to hear from you, we will send out an “Alert” and provide information on the bills that need your action, along with a link to a letter waiting for you to email from our Action Center. You can send the letter “as is” or personalize it. In most cases, all you need to do is click on a “send” button. Legislators pay attention when they receive thousands of emails politely urging them to vote for or against a bill. It was this type of activism that contributed to the passage of Constitutional Carry, and many other history making bills.
Another tool for voicing your opinion is provided by the Arizona Legislature. It’s the Request To Speak (RTS) system. Once you have a user ID and password on RTS, you can log-on through the Internet and leave comments on pending bills. You are NOT required to show up and testify – it’s just one of the options. One of the advantages of the RTS system is that your comments are available to committee members during hearings. It seems to carry a little extra weight.
To obtain a user ID and password on RTS, you must be initially logged on using one of the kiosk terminals at the Capitol. If you would like assistance in accessing the RTS system, please contact Dave Kopp, AzCDL’s president (email@example.com
) or John Wentling, AzCDL’s Vice-president (firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time for action!
Stay tuned! When critical legislation moves, we will notify you via our email Alerts.
You can also follow AzCDL on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/FacebookAzCDL
, and during the legislative session, we’ll send out updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/AzCDL_Alerts
AzCDL’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is also on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/FacebookAzCDLPAC
These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization: http://www.azcdl.org/html/join_us_.html
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