Welcome to the second session of the 55th legislature. We are barely one week into this session and we have already introduced over 800 legislative bills. This is not unusual, since it has become customary to introduce over 1,500 bills per session. It is felt by many that there should be a meaningful limit to how many bills may be introduced.
With so many bills introduced, it is unavoidable that a significant number of them will be bad bills and a few would be horrible bills. With so many bad bills introduced, it is hard to pick the worst of the bunch, but here are some viable contenders.
HB2194 national popular vote; interstate agreement
Introduced by Rep. Powers Hannley. The scheme proposed by this bill is a way to get around the electoral college without amending the constitution to repeal it. This year it was introduced by a Marxist Democrat, but it has been surfacing every year and has on occasion been supported by powerful people who claim to be conservative Republicans. If this scheme succeeds, the big cities will have consolidated their hold on the rest of the nation and the United States will cease to exist as a constitutional federal republic.
SB1107 income tax; addition; net worth
Introduced by Sen. Mendez. It is a common misconception that Democrats are champions of the hard-working middle class. This bill, if enacted, will impose an income tax surcharge on people whose net worth is over $50,000. That surcharge will be calculated by adding 1% of the individual’s net worth to the gross income used to determine the AZ income tax liability. This is very clearly a middle-class tax increase. Why middle-class Democrats keep on electing the likes of Sen. Mendez is beyond comprehension.
SB1150 electric vehicles; pilot program; appropriation
Introduced by Sen. Steele. In addition to being bad policy, this bill is rather sneaky. There is nothing in the short title that gives a clue as to the main thrust of SB1150. This bill prevents counties and municipalities from issuing building permits as follows: “may not issue a residential structure building permit for a single-family structure if the residential structure does not have a 208/240-volt, fifty-ampere, nema 14-50 branch circuit with a dedicated outlet to charge an electric vehicle”. In other words, if you want to do anything to your house that requires a building permit, you cannot do it unless you have or install an outlet for charging an electric vehicle.
Since the aforementioned bills, and many others like them, have been introduced by Democrats, it should be obvious to everyone that Arizona would be in dire straits if the Democrats ever gain a majority at the state legislature.
But it is not all bad news. Some pretty decent bills have been introduced. Among them, you will find the following three:
HB2492 voter registration; verification; citizenship
Introduced by Rep. Hoffman. This is an election integrity bill. It strengthens the process of determining eligibility to vote and whether voters are eligible to vote the federal ballot only or the full ballot.
HB2011 parental consent; student groups; sexuality
Introduced by Rep. Kavanagh. It closes a loophole in the sex education rules. School districts have been getting around sex education regulations in the classroom by encouraging the formation of clubs outside of the classroom. These clubs often promote deviant activity regarding sexuality, gender, and gender identity. This bill would make it mandatory that such clubs allow parents to be informed regarding their activities and seek parental permission before enrolling students.
HB2023 electronic ballot images; public record
Introduced by Rep. Finchem. This is another election integrity bill that has been introduced in response to irregularities that have taken place in past elections. The significant part of this bill reads as follows: “After the polls are closed, make available to the public an online copy of any digital images of ballots in a manner that allows the images to be searchable by precinct but that precludes any alteration of the images. The digital images of the ballots are public records.”
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