Speaker J.D. Mesnard visits the desks of Republican members who have not voted yet.
The volume of bills heard in the Arizona House this past week was down significantly from the crossover week flurry, but we still voted on some doozies.
Tax cuts, sales tax giveaways, deregulation on the edge of risky business, “efficiency savings,” and miscellaneous wacky bills abound.
The capital gains tax cut, which benefited only the wealthiest Arizonans, was a party line vote, with all of the Republicans voting for tax cuts for the 1%. Other than that, the tax giveaways have passed with bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition. Votes shift here and there depending upon the cost of the tax giveaway and the stated beneficiary, but the most consistent votes against giving away taxes are cast by Progressives and Libertarians– the same people who killed several tax giveaway bills in 2017. Several of these votes can be seen below the fold and in my Marijuana to Bump Stocks to Tax Giveaways: How did your #AZHouse Rep Vote? blog post from last week.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Constitution, Debates, Economics, Elections, Ethics, IOKIYAR, Legislation, Pamela Powers Hannley, Taxes
Tagged Arizona Legislature, Dr. Randy Freise, mitzi epstein, pamela powers hannley, Paul Mosley, Tony Rivero
Last month I warned you the Evil GOP bastards are trying to negate the AIRC so the legislature does redistricting maps again.
Yesterday the evil GOP bastards in the Senate approved their amended but still flawed plan on a party-line vote. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports Senate passes redistricting overhaul on party-line vote:
On a 17-13 party line vote, the Senate advanced an amended version of Senate President Steve Yarbrough’s proposal to alter the structure of the Independent Redistricting Commission, an effort Democrats charged was politically motivated.
Voters would have to approve the plan, though.
As amended, SCR 1034 (.pdf) increases the size of the commission from a five- to nine-member body, with an equal split among Republican, Democrat and independent commissioners. Yarbrough, R-Chandler, argued that the effort will better represent the roughly one-third of Arizona voters who aren’t registered with a political party and will dilute efforts by either party to “hijack” the redistricting process in their favor.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Election Integrity, Ethics, GOP War On..., Legislation, Party Politics, Redistricting, Scandals
Tagged Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, gerrymandering