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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." –Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dear Conservation Friends,
San Francisco Peaks by S. Bahr
On Monday, Governor Brewer gave her State of the State address with a few surprises on expanding Medicaid, but no real surprises on environmental protection. She announced that she is issuing an executive order to establish the Arizona Natural Resources Review Council and indicated that the Council would be tasked with giving Arizona more control of federal public lands. Haven't we been down that road a few times already? Remember, two-thirds of the voters rejected the idea in this last election when they voted down Prop. 120. It failed in every county in the state.

The legislative committees are off to a slow start. This coming week, the agendas are again focused on presentations, so we do not have an action item, other than to sign up for a lobby workshop and Environmental Day.

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)

RSVP

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).


Protecting Arizona's Environment -- It's worth it!Wordle Environmental Day
Environmental Day at the Capitol.

Please 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 12th
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)

RSVP

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 21st


Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 22nd

House & Senate Committees on Appropriations at 9:30am in House Hearing Room 1.

  • Executive Budget Proposal - Governor's Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting
  • JLBC Baseline - Joint Legislative Budget Committee

House Committee on Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility at 2:00pm in House Hearing Room 1.

  • HB2007 ballot measures; proposition 105 disclosure (Ugenti) requires that any campaign literature, publicity pamphlet, and the ballot contain the following language: "NOTICE:  PURSUANT TO PROPOSITION 105 (1998), THIS MEASURE CAN NEVER BE CHANGED IN THE FUTURE IF APPROVED ON THE BALLOT EXCEPT BY A THREE-FOURTHS VOTE OF THE LEGISLATURE AND THE CHANGE FURTHERS THE PURPOSE OF THE ORIGINAL BALLOT MEASURE, OR BY REFERRING THE CHANGE TO THE BALLOT." In addition to being poorly worded, it is a measure intended to confuse people. Telling people that their vote counts is a good thing, doing so in this manner is not.  

Wednesday, January 23rd

 Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Rural Affairs at 9:00am in Senate Hearing Room 109 
  • Executive Nomination - Edward P. Madden, AZ Game & Fish Commission
  • Executive Nomination - Priscilla Storm, Urban Land Planning Oversight
  • Presentations
    - Tom Jones, Grand Canyon State Electric Co-op Association
    - David Tenney, Navajo County Supervisor
House Committee on Energy, Environment & Natural Resources at 2:00pm  
  • Tour of the AZ Department of Environmental Quality, 1110 W. Washington St, Phoenix

Thursday, January 24th

 House Committee on Technology & Infrastructure at 9:00am in House Hearing Room 5
  •   Presentation by Kevin Beisty, AZ Department of Transportation 

Senate Committee on Government & Environment at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 3

  • Presentation by Sandra Fabritz-Whitney, AZ Department of Water Resources
  • Presentation by Henry Darwin, AZ Department of Environmental Quality

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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