AZ: Ask Governor Brewer to Veto Bill Targeting Citizens’ Initiatives!by Karyn Zoldan on Jun. 16, 2013, under Animal News
from Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA)
The Arizona Legislature passed the anti-initiative bill on the last day of the session. HB 2305, which includes language from several bad election bills, creates numerous strict specifications that would enable large amounts of signatures to be thrown out on a technicality. These impediments would make it much more difficult for citizens to get a measure on the ballot.
As you know, Arizona’s public initiative process, a constitutional right enacted at statehood in 1912, is the single most important tool for protecting Arizona’s animals. Thanks to grassroots citizens’ ballot measures, leg-hold traps, snares, and poisons were banned on public lands in 1994, and cockfighting was outlawed in 1998. In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal. That law went into effect on January 1, 2013.
Please ask Governor Brewer to veto HB 2305! If you volunteered on any grassroots ballot campaigns, please share your thoughts on the importance of Arizona’s citizen initiative process and the fact that HB 2305 would decimate voters’ rights.
Email Governor Brewer here or call her at 602-542-4331 or 1-800-253-0883 (outside Maricopa County)
If Gov. Brewer fails to veto the bill, it automatically become law. Here’s the overview. This doesn’t only affect animal initiatives but all grassroot efforts. Contact her now! Please share this far and wide.