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"Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear." –Maria Edgeworth


Dear Conservation Friends,
Cholla cactus by Sandy Bahr
Welcome to a New Year and new session of the Arizona Legislature. On Monday, January 14th, the Governor will give her state of the state address and then the Arizona Legislature will be off and running.

We are expecting a better session than last year relative to environmental issues, but it will still be extremely challenging. That is why we need your help! Please take action on bills when we notify you and also consider attending a Citizen Lobby Workshop and Environmental Day at the Capitol. There is more information on those listed below.

Every Friday during the legislative session we will be sending you a Legislative Update with bills on which to take action and a schedule of committee hearings.

For more information on bills we are tracking, you can view our Legislative Tracker.

If you no longer want to receive these updates, just zap me an email or unsubscribe by clicking on "Manage Preferences" at the bottom of the message.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the Legislature or other environmental issues and I welcome you to join me at the Capitol. Thank you for taking action and for caring about Arizona's environment.

Warm regards,
Sandy Bahr
Chapter Director
Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
(602) 253-8633
http://arizona.sierraclub.org


Citizen Lobby Workshop 2012Pizza & Politics: Become a Citizen Lobbyist . . . 

Want to learn more about what you can do to reach your legislators? Interested in protecting Arizona’s air, land, and water? Saving State Parks? Please join us for a fun (yes, fun) and informative workshop!

Flagstaff
Wednesday, January 23rd, 6–8 p.m.
Thorpe Center (245 North Thorpe Road, Flagstaff)

Tucson
Tuesday, January 29th, 6–8 p.m.
Historic Y (738 N. 5th Ave., Tucson)

Prescott
Saturday, March 9th, 10–11:30 a.m.
Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
882 Sunset (two blocks behind True Value)


Arizona needs more advocates who are willing to meet with legislators, city council people, county supervisors, and other officials who have enormous impact on our future and on what kind of legacy we leave for the next generation. These workshops run two hours and cover the basics of how the legislature operates and how you can get involved in helping make a difference there and beyond. Free pizza, too!

Be sure to RSVP so we have enough information packets and pizza. You can use the link above or contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org (for the Phoenix and Tucson workshops) or Alicyn Gitlin at (928) 774-6514 or alicyn.gitlin@sierraclub.org (for the Flagstaff workshop).

Join Us at Environmental Day at the Capitol!Arizona State Capitol (Photo by Sandy Bahr)

We hope you'll join us for this fun annual event to show our legislators how much the people of Arizona care about our environment. Let legislators know that environmental protection is critical to a strong economy.

Tuesday, February 12
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
League of Cities and Towns, Rm 101
1821 W. Washington St., Phoenix 
Just west of the Capitol
(map)


Meet with legislators as part of a group so they can hear first-hand how much Arizonans really do care about clean air, clean water, and having parks and wildlife now and in the future. 

You can stop by for a short period or stay for the day. Carpooling is available from some locations, and a bus will be coming from Tucson to Phoenix.   

Please plan to attend, and bring a friend!

We hope you will join us! For more information, please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 orsandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.

 

 

Coming Up This Week at the Legislature
You can use the "Request to Speak" system to register your opposition or support for bills in Committee. If you would like to use the system and have not signed up, contact me and I will help you get an account set up.

Monday, January 14th


State of the State Address at 1:45 p.m. in the Arizona House of Representatives

The committees are not meeting on Monday.

Tuesday, January 15th

House Committee on Agriculture and Water at 2:00pm in House Hearing Room 5.

  • Presentation by Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Kathy Ferris, Exec Director
  • Presentation by Central Arizona Project, David Modeer, General Manager

Wednesday, January 16th

 Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Rural Affairs at 9:00am in Senate Hearing Room 109 
  • Presentations
    - Department of Agriculture
    - Robert Shuler
    - Bas Aja, Arizona Cattlemen's Association
    - Joseph Sigg, Arizona Farm Bureau


To call your legislators, click on Member Roster and find their phone numbers. If you're outside the Phoenix area, you can call your legislators’ offices toll free at 1-800-352-8404. In the Phoenix area call (602) 926-3559 (Senate) or (602) 926-4221 (House) and ask to connect with your legislators.

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