Taking a Look at Arizona Ballot Measures at LWVGT meeting



    Panel Presentation – Taking a Look at the Arizona Ballot Measures

    WHERE: Joel D. Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
    WHEN: 9:30-11:45 AM, Saturday, October 20, 2018.
    FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC: Event is accessed from the library’s free underground parking. Light refreshments will be served.
    CONTACT: Communications@lwvgt.com, 520-327-7652

    There will be five propositions on the ballot on November 6, 2018.  Two were referred by the Arizona legislature, and three are citizen initiatives.  Arizonans have had the right to put a referendum or initiative on the ballot since the time of our statehood in 1912.  This is part of our freedom of speech and legislative input that both the Legislature and citizens enjoy.  In 2006, a total 19 propositions were on the ballot, which was a record.

    The speakers will discuss the meaning of the propositions, what a “yes” vote means and what a “no” vote means, the arguments for and against the propositions, and the groups who support and oppose each proposition.

    Speaker:  Vivian Harte – League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson

    • Proposition 125 – Related to Public Retirement Systems – referred by the Arizona Legislature
    • Proposition 126 – The Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act – citizen initiative
    • Proposition 305 – Empowerment Scholarship Accounts – citizen initiative
    • Proposition 306 – Related to the Arizona Clean Elections Act – referred by the Arizona Legislature

    Speaker:  Sandy Bahr – Director of The Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter – FOR
    Speaker:  Laura Ciscomani – Southern Arizonans for Responsible Energy – AGAINST

    • Proposition 127 – Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona – citizen initiative

    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Welcome by LWV President who said that the League was formed after the passage of 19th Amendment in 1920. Three ways to get propositions on the ballot: initiative (valid signatures statewide, about 226,000 needed in AZ), referendum by state legislature. Vivian Harte of LWV then gave pros/cons of Prop. 125, 126, 305, 306. She also said that 80% of Arizona voters are now voting by early ballot (via PEVL). Then debate followed on Prop. 127 Clean Energy for Health AZ: pro was Sandy Bahr of Sierra Club, con was Larry Lucero from T.E.P. Sandy said that Prop. 127 will decrease utility bills, and create renewable energy for Arizona. Lucero said that T.E.P. wants to deliver electricity efficiently to the customers.Over 80 people in attendance. Here’s the Voter’s guide which was mentioned and some copies were available: http://azballotguide.com/


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