Dear Conservation Friends,
On Tuesday, there was a ray of sunshine at the Legislature when Jaime Lynn Butler, Representative Jamescita Peshlakai's daughter, made a presentation on climate change to the House Agriculture and Water Committee. She shared a short video and spoke briefly to the committee, encouraging our leaders to take action on climate change. To check out her story, click on Jaime Lynn Butler speaks to our leaders. Both of Representative Peshlakai's daughters joined her at the Capitol during spring break.
This was the last week for hearing bills in the standing committees -- except for in the Appropriations Committees and for hearing executive nominations. It is not time to sigh with relief, however, there is still plenty of time to do mischief. Just when we thought a few bad bills had gone away, they came back as strikers or popped up on the Appropriations Committee agenda. Please sign in on the Request to Speak System in opposition to HB2334 pool pump energy standards; repeal (Montenegro), a bill to repeal the more efficient pool pump standards that significantly reduce energy use and save consumers dollars. It will be heard on Wednesday in the House Appropriations Committee.
SB1321 residential energy efficiency; building codes died in the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee -- thank you to Representatives Hale, Saldate, Shope, and Peshlakai for voting NO. Unfortunately, the contents of the bill were immediately resurrected in a strike-everything amendment on HB2404 in the Senate Government and Environment Committee, where it passed 4-3. The bill limits local efforts to promote energy efficient building codes.
Please tell Senators to vote NO on HB2404 and to allow cities and towns to help consumers save energy and money!
HB2485 health and safety audit privilege (Carter, Stevens: Barton, et al.) passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee 4-1-2. This bill provides a shield of secrecy to bad actors for violations of public health and safety laws and could keep repeat offenders from having to deal with any public scrutiny or fallout from their actions. HB2485 allows companies to keep health and safety violations secret in an audit and prohibits use of the audit to impose fines, penalties, or to take other legal action. In addition to all the other problems with this type of secrecy, it also encourages cozy relationships between businesses and the agencies charged with protecting public health and puts at risk public health and safety.
Please ask Senators to protect public health and safety and vote NO on HB2485.
Senator Burges' wacky anti-U.N., anti-sustainability, anti-energy conservation bill, and anti-bike path bill was amended to make it a little less broad, but it is still a crazy bill. It passed out of the Senate 16-13-1. SB1403 United National Rio Declaration; prohibition (Burges, Crandell, Griffin, et al.) now prohibits any entity from recognizing the UN or any of its declarations and the state and all of its political subdivisions "are prohibited from directly and knowingly, for the express purpose of adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development." While it will have less of a direct impact on energy and water conservation programs, it is still crazy.
Please thank Senators who voted no on SB1403!
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Please come join me at the Capitol and thank you for taking action and for caring about Arizona's environment.
Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
Coming Up This Week at the Legislature
No committee action is scheduled.
Tuesday, March 26th
Senate Committee on Appropriations at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 109
Wednesday, March 27th
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