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  "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Dear Conservation Friends,

Winged Victory AZ Capitol by Mark Coryell
  credit: Mark Coryell

Here we go! On Monday, we will start the second regular session of the 51st Arizona Legislature. It will begin with the State of the State address by Governor Brewer in the afternoon and many speeches by legislators. So far, there is not too much committee activity posted as not that many bills have been introduced. I expect that will change on Monday though.

Please mark your calendar for Environmental Day on February 18th and also note that we are holding a Citizen Lobby Workshop in Phoenix on Monday evening (see details below). We will be scheduling additional workshops in Tucson and Flagstaff and other locations, so let me know if you are interested in attending one.

One thing I wanted to point out to you all is that the Arizona Legislative Council has changed the Request to Speak system, so you will not be able to sign in to speak on a bill or register an opinion until you set up a new account. If you included your email information with your original sign up, you should be getting an email on Monday to ask you about transitioning. If you did not, you will have to make a trip to the Capitol to set up the account. After that, you will again be able to sign in remotely. Shoot me an email or call me if you have any questions.

This is my 19th legislative session -- that is very hard to believe -- and I want to thank all of you for your support over those 19 years and for all you do to communicate with legislators and others to make Arizona a better place.

Here are the details on Environmental Day.


 Conserve Arizona – Water, Wildlife, and Wildlands
Mark your calendar for Environmental Day at the Capitol

Arizona State Capitol (Photo by Sandy Bahr)
  credit: Sandy Bahr

On February 18, 2014, environmental advocates from around the state, new and experienced, will be gathering at the Arizona State Capitol to meet with state legislators to express support for rivers and streams, clean air, land conservation, and more. Come be part of one of our teams! 


Environmental Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Arizona State Capitol
Old Senate Chambers, 2nd Floor
1700 W. Washington, Phoenix



Everyone will be paired with an experienced leader and will be meeting with his or her own legislators, whenever possible. You can come for an hour or two or stay all day. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and the issues and to make a difference.

To R.S.V.P., just click on RSVP Environmental Day and fill in your information.

If you have questions or would like to get more involved with planning, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.
 



We are switching over our Legislative Tracker, so it may be a week or so before we get that updated, but right now, there are very few bills to track.

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Please come join me at the Capitol and 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 

Monday, January 13th

State of the State Address at 2:00 pm

Make a Difference in 2014 and Beyond!
Attend a Citizen Lobby Workshop

Want to start the New Year off right?  Interested in promoting clean energy and protecting Arizona’s air, land, and water? Please join us for this fun (yes fun) and informative workshop.  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.  The workshop runs two hours and covers the basics on the Arizona Legislature, how a bill becomes a law, how a bill really becomes a law, and Dos and Don'ts of Citizen Lobbying.

Citizen Lobby Workshop
Monday, January 13, 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Quality Inn and Suites
202 E. McDowell Rd
(Garden Room)
Phoenix, AZ
 

 You can find out more and R.S.V.P. by calling (602) 253-8633 or emailing sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org.

Tuesday, January 14th

Senate Committee on Transportation at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 3

  • Introduction of staff
  • Appointment of Committee of Reference

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

  • Introduction of Staff and Members
  • Presentation by Chris Udall, Executive Director, Agri-Business Council of Arizona

Wednesday, January 15th

Senate Committee on Finance at 2:00pm in Senate Hearing Room 3
  • Introduction of Staff
Thursday, January 16th

House Committee on Judiciary at 9:00 am in House Hearing Room 4
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks 
  • Introductions
Senate Committee on Judiciary upon adjournment of Floor in Senate Hearing Room 1
  • Introduction of Staff
Senate Committee on Government and Environment upon adjournment of Floor in Senate Hearing Room 3
  • Introduction of Staff


 
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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