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Dear Conservation Friends,
Sonoran Desert flower by Craig Weaver
Well, it was just a matter of time before all of the really bad environmental bills surfaced. Coming up this week is an expansion of last year's "Polluter Protection Act." This year's bill provides for secrecy relative to violations of public health and safety laws. There is a bill to prohibit cities and towns from enacting energy efficient building codes and a measure to keep exemptions in place relative to water adequacy. There are now a plethora of bills to hinder democracy, including direct democracy via the initiative process.
This week, please contact members of the Senate Committee on Government and Environment and ask them to oppose SB1321 residential energy efficiency; building codes (Griffin, Burges, Farley, et al). It prohibits counties, cities, towns or other political subdivisions from further regulating residential energy consumption or energy efficiency. This is a terrible idea. The cities and counties are the only ones doing much on efficient building codes right now.

Take Action!
Please urge Senate Government and Environment Committee members to vote no on SB1321!


Please also contact members of the House Committee on Public Safety, Military & Regulatory Affairs and ask them to oppose HB2485 health and safety audit privilege (Carter, Stevens: Barton, et al.) It allows audits that are conducted to "evaluate compliance with a health or safety law or an industry standard of excellence" to be kept secret and prohibits use of the audit in legal and administrative proceedings. This is an expansion of last year's Polluter Protection Act and basically gives companies a way to keep the public from knowing about major violations of law. These types of bills encourage cozy relationships between businesses and the so-called regulators and put at risk public health and safety. 
Take Action!
 Please urge House Public Safety, Military & Regulatory Affairs Committee members to vote no on HB2485!


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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


 

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, February 4th


 House Committee on Education at 2:00pm in House Hearing Room 3

  • HB2495 school districts; expenditures; refunds (Mesnard) requires a school district that receives a refund of prior year expenditures or a rebate on energy saving devices or services to use fifty percent of the refund or rebate, after costs, for the reduction of the current year's corresponding expenditures. I am not sure why they want this, but we are monitoring it.   

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

  • SB1288 Arizona water protection fund; projects (Griffin, Burges, Gowan, et al.) prohibits federal agencies from receiving funding through the Arizona Water Protection Fund. Currently, any agency can receive these, if it has an application that qualifies and it is approved. It is petty anti-federal government politics.
  • SB1321 residential energy efficiency; building codes (Griffin, Burges, Farley, et al) prohibits counties, cities, towns or other political subdivisions from further regulating residential energy consumption or energy efficiency. This is a terrible idea. The cities and counties are the only ones doing much on efficient building codes right now. See above. OPPOSE.
  • SB1322 assured water supply requirements; exemption (Griffin, Pratt: Melvin, et al.) extends the exemptions from assured water supply requirements from 2014 to 2020. It applies to subdivided lands in Active Management Areas that were platted before 1973, lands with a majority of structures developed before 2002, and lands destroyed by fire which have not been redeveloped, and reconstruction plans of the lands are a modification of the existing plat and will not significantly increase water use. This looks like another special bill for a specific development. The Arizona Legislature has made a joke of the assured water supply requirements. This bill continues that. We should oppose it.

House Committee on Energy, Environment & Natural Resources at 2:00pm in House Hearing Room 4

  • Presentation by Vanessa Hickman, State Land Commissioner
  • HB2301 renewable energy credit; carryover expansion (Fann) extends the individual and corporate Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit carry forward from five years to twenty years.

Tuesday, February 5th

Senate Committee on Elections at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 1

  • SCR1006 initiative petitions; filing date (Reagan) moves the filing date for petition signatures back from four months before the election to May1. This gives people two fewer months to collect signatures. We would like to see the number of signatures required reduced proportionately, otherwise it just makes initiatives difficult for grassroots groups, but not for those with deep pockets. OPPOSE. 
Senate Committee on Transportation at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 3
  • Presentations by Maricopa County Association of Governments and Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority

House Committee on Government at 2:00pm in House Hearing Room 4

  • HB2113  municipal annexation; size; exception (Pratt) will have a strike-everything amendment that is not yet posted, but it appears that this and the following bill are for a specific development. MONITOR.
  • HB2138 municipalities; right-of-way; transfer (Pratt) removes the requirement that a county roadway or right-of-way must be adjacent to the municipality for its entire length in order to be annexed. MONITOR.

 Wednesday, February 6th

 Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Rural Affairs at 9:00am in Senate Hearing Room 109 
  • SB1092 cotton research and protection council (Pierce, Pancrazi, Barton, et al.) makes numerous changes to the program for abating stub, soca, or volunteer cotton. It is worth keeping an eye on this.
  • SB1223 license classifications; fees (Pierce, Pancrazi, Shooter, et al.) allows the Game and Fish Commission to establish fees for hunting and watercraft licenses by rule and makes other operational changes. MONITOR.
  • SCR1013 endangered species act (Griffin, Burges, Shooter, et al.) says the Legislature supports efforts in Congress to "update" the Endangered Species Act to improve its effectiveness in protecting and recovering Arizona's threatened and endangered species while rewarding landowner and lessee involvement, promoting productivity, ensuring vibrant and sustainable natural resources for future generations and relieving Arizona from burdensome regulatory measures that have been harmful to this State and ineffective in furthering the intent of the Act. This is a not so thinly veiled attack on the Endangered Species Act, one of the only things that stands between many species and extinction. OPPOSE.
 Senate Committee on Commerce, Energy & Military at 9:00am in Senate Hearing Room 1 
  • SB1290 office of pest management (Griffin, McGuire, Pancrazi, et al.) makes numerous changes to the statutes dealing with structural pest control. It prohibits cities, towns, and counties from having any requirements that are more stringent than state law, but does allow the state to have requirements that are more stringent than federal law. It does not appear to substantially change the notification requirements for pesticide application in schools and daycare facilities, but we are still reviewing the impacts of this bill.

House Committee on Public Safety, Military & Regulatory Affairs at 9:00am in House Hearing Room 3

  • HB2485 health and safety audit privilege (Carter, Stevens: Barton, et al.) allows audits that are conducted to "evaluate compliance with a health or safety law or an industry standard of excellence" to be kept secret and prohibits use of the audit in legal and administrative proceedings. See above for details. OPPOSE.

Thursday, February 7th

There are no major bills posted for us on Thursday, but that could change thro
ugh out next week.   

 

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

Please join us for this 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. WE have nearly 100 people signed up already and may have to establish a waiting list, so sign up now!

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 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.
 
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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