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 We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain." - Aldo Leopold


Dear Conservation Friends,

Howling wolf
credit: US Fish and Wildlife
Fifteen years ago today, Mexican gray wolves once again touched their paws on the soil of Arizona. Today. there are about 75 wolves in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. It has not been easy, but bit by bit, they are re-establishing themselves and their role in the ecosystem. Thank you to everyone who has been part of making this possible. Let's celebrate the wolf's return and recommit to ensuring healthy, sustainable populations of wolves throughout their former range. To learn more, go to Mexican gray wolves.

The Legislature wrapped up most of its committee hearings this past week. They will continue to have informational hearings and to do some executive nominations in the Senate, but other than that, it should be primarily action on the floor -- and of course behind closed doors. There is still no sign of a budget agreement.



Damage from off-road vehicle (Photo by Scott Jones)
credit: Scott Jones
Last week, in its quest to show us how little it cares about wolves or wildlife, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission decided to support delisting of the gray wolf, so it will no longer have protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act, and to support a strike everything amendment, off-highway vehicle; closures, on HB2551 at the Legislature. The striker removes all reference to enforcement of federal laws regarding the use of motorized vehicles on federal public lands. This would mean that Game and Fish law enforcement officers would ignore irresponsible off-road vehicle activities that damage resources and harm wildlife.

Take Action!
Please contact your senator and ask him or her to vote no on HB2551.





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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 passed out of the House Appropriations Committee 6-5 and will likely go to the Floor this coming week. Inefficient pool pumps are one of the biggest users of electricity. Please contact legislators and ask them to support saving energy and dollars and to vote no on HB2334.

Take Action!
Send a message to your representatives -- Vote No on HB2334!



 
Duct Sealing

HB2404 S/E building codes; energy efficiency
(Carter) appeared on a Committee of the Whole calendar this week, but was retained. It prohibits local government from adopting more energy efficient building codes, which is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy use and save ratepayers money. Please continue to contact your senator. The Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona is pushing hard to get this bill to undercut local control and more efficiency building codes.

Take Action!
Please tell Senators to vote NO on HB2404 and to allow cities and towns to help consumers save energy and money!






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HB2485 health and safety audit privilege 
(Carter, Stevens: Barton, et al.) has still not appeared on a Committee of the Whole calendar. It 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.

Take Action!
Please ask Senators to protect public health and safety and vote NO on HB2485.




Phoenix bike path by Tiffany SpragueSenator Burges' wacky anti-U.N., anti-sustainability, anti-energy conservation bill, and anti-bike path bill, SB1403 United National Rio Declaration; prohibition (Burges, Crandell, Griffin, et al.) has not appeared on a calendar in the House, but Representative Tobin is getting calls to move it. The bill 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.
 Take Action!

Please ask your representatives to oppose 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. This week, give a howl for wolves!

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, April 1st

Senate Government and Environment Committee upon adjournment of the Floor in Senate Hearing Room 3

  • Nomination of Lori Daniels to the Governor's Regulatory Review Council
  • Nominations of Fred Brinker and Scott Wakefield to the Water Quality Appeals Board  

Tuesday, April 2nd

No Committee Action, but they will likely hear bills in the respective caucuses in the House and Senate  

Wednesday, April 3rd

   Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Rural Affairs at 10:00am in Senate Hearing Room 109
  • Nomination of Norman E. Chappell to Arizona State Land Department Board of Appeals  
House Committee on Commerce at 10:00am in House Hearing Room 5
  • Remarks by Congressman Matt Salmon


 
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