Action Alert: Arizona Ban Live Animals as Prizesby Karyn Zoldan on Mar. 06, 2013, under Animal News
Legislative Action Alert!
The bill to ban live animal as prizes is scheduled to be heard by the full House tomorrow (Thursday March 7) at about 1:30 pm. Originally HB 2072, now the bill number/title is: HB 2121-appropriation; security barriers; state capitol (thanks to a quirky little process called “strike everything”.) The Bill info can be found here.
Act now! This bill will be voted on by the full House tomorrow, Thursday, March 7 at 1:30 pm. Please call or email your two House Representatives now and urge them to vote YES on HB 2121 to ban live animals as prizes! (You can leave a message if you don’t call during regular business hours.)
Thank you to Representative Kavanagh (R-Fountain Valley) for all of his great work this session to protect animals!
SCR 1019 initiative, referendum; signature allocation (OPPOSE)
Requires initiative and referendum petition signatures to be apportioned among at least five different counties. Requires at least 25 percent of the total minimum number of required petition signatures to be collected from counties other than the two most populous counties. This would significantly increase the difficulty for grassroots initiative campaigns to qualify for the ballot.
Unfortunately, the bill passed the full Senate by a vote of 16 – 12.
SB 1263 paid circulators; statewide measures; recall (OPPOSE)
Requires all paid petition circulators for a statewide ballot measure or question, or a statewide or legislative recall, to be registered with the SOS prior to circulating petitions. It would also hold initiative committees liable for actions of paid circulators, which could create a significant burden for grassroots campaigns. This adds additional hurdles for grassroots campaigns that struggle for both funding and signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Unfortunately, the bill passed the full Senate by a vote of 18 – 10.
Above information is courtesy HSUS via Arizona State Director.