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Arizona Bill #SCR 1038   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:Senate Resolution SCR 1038
Type:State Sovereignty
Requested Patriot Action: This bill (SCR 1038) passed the Senate Appropriations Committee 7 Yes 3 No

This bill should go to the Senate flour in January of 2010.
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Committees: BILL STATUS VOTES FOR SCR1038 - Senate Appropriations Committee

Y = Yes
N = No
NV = Not Voting
EXC = Excused Member Name Vote Member Name Vote Member Name

Senate Appropriations Committe Vote

Paula Aboud N
Amanda Aguirre N
Albert Hale N

Rebecca Rios NV

Sylvia Allen Y
Pamela Gorman Y
Ron Gould Y
Jack W. Harper Y
Russell Pearce Y
Steve Pierce Y
Al Melvin Y






Sponsors: Senate Sponsor:



Ron Gould (602) 926-4138
rgould@azleg.gov


Session Schedule: Arizona House of Representatives
49th LEGISLATURE (2009–2010)

Speaker: Kirk Adams (R)
Republicans: 35 (58%)
Democrats: 25 (42%)
Female legislators: 16 (27%)
Incumbents: 38 (63%)
Standing committees: 21

Basic structure—The Arizona Legislature consists of a 30-member Senate and a 60-member House of Representatives. All 90 legislators have two-year terms and are elected concurrently in November of even-numbered years. Term limits restrict legislators to four consecutive terms in the same office. (It is not uncommon for legislators to switch to the other chamber when they reach their eight-year maximum.)

Legislative sessions—The Arizona Legislature meets for only one regular session each year, beginning in January and typically lasting roughly 100 days. (However, recent sesions have been longer: The 2008 session lasted 165 days.)

An unlimited number of special sessions can be called by the governor or (more rarely) initiated by the legislature itself. If the session is called by the governor the legislature can only address the specific matters identified
in the governor’s call. In recent years, the legislature has met for an average of three special sessions each year.

Such sessions can last only a few hours or up to several months. It is customary for the governor to call a special session during a regular session when the state’s general appropriations bill is ready for consideration. This compels the legislature to drop all other business and focus exclusively on the budget. Even when the legislature is not in formal session, legislators often work on upcoming legislation, participate in meetings, and respond to constituent needs.


A “citizen legislature”—The formal qualifications for serving in the legislature are fairly low: A legislator must only be at least 25 years old, an Arizona resident for three years, a county resident for one year, a registered voter, and English proficient. Because legislative service is only part-time and compensation is low (see below), most legislators have private-sector jobs on the side. This type of legislature is called a “citizen legislature” to distinguish it from legislatures like the U.S. Congress, which are made up of full-time, professional politicians.

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Date Introduced: 2/2/2009
Enacted:
Status:Accepted by Committee 7 Yes 3 No - Going to Floor
Passed House committee:
Passed Senate committee:Y
Passed Senate:
Passed House:
Link to Bill history: Go to Bill history
Bill History: BILL STATUS VOTES FOR SCR1038 - Appropriations Committee

Y = Yes
N = No
NV = Not Voting
EXC = Excused Member Name Vote Member Name Vote Member Name

Vote

Paula Aboud - N
Amanda Aguirre - N
Albert Hale - N

Rebecca Rios - NV

Sylvia Allen - Y
Pamela Gorman - Y
Ron Gould - Y
Jack W. Harper - Y
Russell Pearce - Y
Steve Pierce - Y
Al Melvin - Y

House votes:
Senate votes:
Federal reply:
State constitution: Arizona State Constitution

Section 1. A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.

Section 2. All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
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Section 3. The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

Section 4. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.

Section 5. The right of petition, and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good, shall never be abridged.

Section 6. Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right.

Section 7. The mode of administering an oath, or affirmation, shall be such as shall be most consistent with and binding upon the conscience of the person to whom such oath, or affirmation, may be administered.

Section 8. No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law.
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Section 13. No law shall be enacted granting to any citizen, class of citizens, or corporation other than municipal, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens or corporations.

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