Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Senate held the omnibus elections bill last week from its marathon appropriations bills session. The omnibus elections bill is likely to be scheduled for action in the Senate before the end of this week.
After a cursory review of SB 1493, it appears to me that Sen. Michele Reagan (R-Scottsdale) and Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R-Scottsdale) have abandoned earlier attempts to modify their so-called election "reform" bills to address the complaints of voting rights groups and Democratic legislators, and are now sticking with the earlier versions approved in committee in an attempt to ram these unnecessary and counter-productive measures through the legislature.
This is a middle-finger salute to voting rights groups and Democrats. It moves Arizona backwards on voting rights.
Each of the measures standing alone attracted unified opposition from Democrats and enough Republican opposition to stall these bills in the legislature. By combining all of these measures into a single omnibus bill and tacking it onto the package of appropriations bills, Senate President Andy Biggs was hoping to strong-arm this bill through the Senate by insisting on party unity. That tactic failed on the appropriations bill for Medicaid (AHCCCS) restoration, and the omnibus elections bill was held from consideration.
Your senators need to hear from you now. Pick up the phone and call your state senator to oppose SB 1493. The Senate directory is here: http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=S. Keep calling them until this awful bill is defeated.